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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!

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    diana 09-03-16
    diana 09-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wide really enjoyed this book"

    Wasn't sure at first if I was going to like this book , but by the end I was loving Rosa and journey of her life . The narrator was amazing .

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    Helge Norway 09-01-16
    Helge Norway 09-01-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Tuscan Rose better?

    A good story would done the trix


    What could Belinda Alexandra have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made it a good story. And no it wouldn't hurt with some surprises and some excitement


    How could the performance have been better?

    Stop this exaggerate the Italian language, it is just ridiculous


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tuscan Rose?

    It was plain boring, there isn't more to say


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 08-26-16
    Tom 08-26-16
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    "Very good but too long"

    The author and the narrator are favorites of mine and they both remain favorites. The story is quite interesting, a history of WW II in Italy from the perspective of its citizens and good characters. My only complaint is the length. I tend to listen in short bursts of time so it took me a long time to finish. I often think books can be shorter. Having edited a lot of writing, I know shorter is most always better.

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    lili kopala 08-05-16
    lili kopala 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Italian Historical fiction needs serious editing"

    While the story line of this book held much interest about half of it should have been edited out. The repetition, juvenile statements and emotional interludes became irritating."I've always loved you and always will " is just one example of the trite comments diminishing the novel.

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