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Tuscan Rose Audiobook
Tuscan Rose
Written by: 
Belinda Alexandra
Narrated by: 
Caroline Lee
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Tuscan Rose Audiobook

Tuscan Rose

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Publisher's Summary

A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

©2010 Belinda Alexandra (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 11-16-13
    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 11-16-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful Historical Fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tuscan Rose to be better than the print version?

    This book takes you into the time between the 1st World War and the 2nd World War and then into the 2nd World War. However, this is not a war book. The book puts you into the life in Florence through the eyes and experiences of an orphan. There is also the mystery of where Rose came from that is slowly reveled through the book. This is a great read and I very much enjoyed it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jrich 08-20-13
    Jrich 08-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Story"

    I love historical fiction and this story was wonderful to listen to. The narration was one of the best I have heard. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley 08-02-13
    Shelley 08-02-13
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    "Wonderfully complex and compelling"
    What did you love best about Tuscan Rose?

    Firstly I must rave about Caroline Lee as narrator, she's amazing! Her command of Italian names and phrases wowed me with each such word spoken. She has the incredible talent of speaking with the voices of all the characters with such credibility that the narrator disappears and the characters come alive. The best narrator I have ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuscan Rose?

    The accounts of Italy under Mussolini and during WW II were chilling. I wanted to know more and did some research on my own. We have heard so little of Italy's involvement during the war. This was quite an eye opener.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Luciano in the tunnel moved me the most. What an incredible story.


    If you could rename Tuscan Rose, what would you call it?

    The title belies the breadth and depth of the book, but i like its subtlety.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best audible experience that I have had and the best book I have every 'read'.

    Brava Belinda!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 07-26-13
    Amazon Customer United States 07-26-13
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    "Fabulous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, loved listening. couldn't wait to start listening again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuscan Rose?

    When Luchiano sacrificed himself to save Rosa


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Luchiano


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, it took a couple of weeks while commuting in my car. Made the trip faster.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael d holder 06-11-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "TMI - Too Much Information"

    What started out immediately as an interesting premise with enormous possibilities all too soon devolved into a minute description of how a woman feels about everything, from seeing herself in a mirror the first time to becoming thirsty after breast-feeding. The plot dragged and any theme was soon lost. It became a chore to listen, and finally was laid to rest unfinished. An abridged version might work with significant editing.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-01-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant historical fiction"

    Ms. Alexander has provided a very personal look at the history of the lives of Italians during the era of Mussolini and Hitler. It is a realistic look at what war does to individuals. Well written and well narrated, the story while long, is never boring. I wanted to finish it but at the same time didn't want it to end. Excellent work!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Edie Best 07-24-16
    Edie Best 07-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not her best effort"
    Would you try another book from Belinda Alexandra and/or Caroline Lee?

    Yes this was the third book I've listened to. I could listen to Caroline Lee read the phone book! She's that good!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Belinda Alexandra? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I realize her stories are based on historical events, although they are fictional. This one was just too drawn out, too unrealistic for me. Took so long to get through and I was thoroughly bored by the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She's amazing!


    Do you think Tuscan Rose needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not! Ugh! The thought of that makes me cringe!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ilene 12-07-15
    ilene 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised by vision of animal cruelty"

    Phrases like "a doomed veal calf crying for its mother " ruin a story for me. I wish the author would see how unnecessary this is. Since I could not get that vision out of my mind I could not continue . Also- this is the first time that I didn't love Caroline Lee's narration. This time her portrayal of some of the names in this story was irritating and inconsistent .

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    Amazon Customer 10-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not care for the narration"
    What would have made Tuscan Rose better?

    The narrator played some of the characters way over the top. At times, the main character (Rosa) sounded like a whiny idiot I wished I could slap. Some of the evil characters were so overdone that they seemed cartoonish. They sounded as if they had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I tried my best to hang on until the end but could not. I had to call it quits when the furniture shop owner's bed-ridden-father started yelling and cursing. The narration was high pitched and grating like nails on a chalkboard. Not a good thing - if like me - you buy these audible books to keep you company during rush hour traffic.


    Has Tuscan Rose turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love historical romance with a bit of other worldliness thrown into the mix.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. The story gave a glimpse of how it might have been to live under Mussolini's fascist rule.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh... I'm still wondering how the story ended. But I'd have to purchase the written version to figure it out. And the story line was really not good enough to bother. I know - this is a brutal review. Maybe I can still get my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 09-18-15
    Lois 09-18-15

    Lois M. Patterson

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    "Way too long......"

    I thought it would never be over. The story was good and maybe historical, but I could hardly wait to get to the end. Not an enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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