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Villa in Italy Audiobook

Villa in Italy

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Publisher's Summary

Marvellously atmospheric tale of strangers summoned to a grand but neglected villa on the Italian coast. Each of them has been named in a will, but nobody knows their benefactress....

Four very different people are named in a will. Delia, an opera singer robbed of her voice by illness; George, an idealistic scientist who cannot face what his skills have created; Marjorie, desperately poor and unable to dislodge her writer’s block; and Lucius, ostensibly in control but whose personal life is in chaos. All are summoned to the Villa Dante, home of the late Beatrice Malaspina. But who was she?

While they wait to find out, the villa begins to work its seductive magic. With its faded frescoes, overgrown garden, and magnificent mediaeval tower, it is unlike anywhere they have been before.

Slowly four characters who have gone to great lengths to hide their troubles find that change - and even hope - is possible after all. But the mysterious Beatrice has a devastating secret to reveal that will affect them all....

A beautiful evocation of Italy in the aftermath of World War Two and the personal consequences of living through such a time and a celebration of humankind’s ability to heal and learn to love again, this most absorbing novel will win Elizabeth Edmondson a host of new fans.

©2006 Elizabeth Edmondson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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    A. Williams 12-11-15
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    "Everything I look for in a book"

    I loved everything about this book: plot, characters, setting, time period, and references. It was completely engrossing and a wonderful mystery that kept me guessing through most of the book. I listened to half of it in the car and then my trip was over, so I bought the Kindle version and read the rest of it because I couldn't "put it down."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Lundy Long Beach, CA 11-11-15
    Suzanne Lundy Long Beach, CA 11-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love this author!"

    Great story. Captivating plot and characters. Deftly told, detail revealed in tantalizing method. Interesting story construction.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LisaG 08-19-16
    LisaG 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A gentle mystery."

    I was having a bad week. I listened to this book and, as corny as it sounds, it lifted my spirits. This book is not what I'd consider 'high art' or a classic but it's wonderfully evocative and a good escape. If I had to pick one word it would be 'soothing' and I'll be listening to it again.

    This is a slow building story with the first 2/3 of the book fleshing out the characters, their backstories and the villa itself. The main characters are very likable, even the often irritating Marjorie, and you really get a sense of their burdens and how the villa and its inhabitants help them 'come alive' again. The visitors are mostly unlikable and come off as shallow and selfish, which is a nice contrast to the main players. However, on getting to know them a little better as the story unfolds they're actually OK (Theo & Felicity)... except Richie; he's a jerk. The last 1/3 has the reveals coming thick and fast (but it's not hard to guess them). Relationships are revealed, mended, ended and cemented and everything is wrapped up nicely. I came away from this book feeling a lighter and happier.

    Excellent narration. With so many characters, it would be easy for the listener to become confused but Nicolette McKenzie has given them each a unique voice. I think I'll try one of the other Elizabeth Edmondson books she's narrated, maybe Villa on the Riviera.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. M. T. South Jordan, Ut United States 07-27-16
    M. M. T. South Jordan, Ut United States 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Villa in Italy?

    The mystery was unique and intriguing but, I didn't appreciate the over-emphasis on sex and sexual relations with in the story.


    What about Nicolette McKenzie’s performance did you like?

    Nicolette did a fantastic job reading this story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grace L. Rappa Glendora, New Jersey, US 03-16-16
    Grace L. Rappa Glendora, New Jersey, US 03-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Confusion at the Villa!"

    I was disappointed in the story content. Too many characters and not a believable plot. The narrators were ok,however, it was too lengthy to keep them all straight. Sorry☹️

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 11-10-15
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 11-10-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Wishing someone would leave me a Villa in Italy"

    This story is not great literature, but I found the tale charming. There is a bit of mystery and a bit of romance all located in a lovely villa in Italy. I do wish the story could have been multi-voiced. With one narrator doing all of the voices I found for about the first third of the book I had difficulty keeping track of the different female characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mulccino Palo Alto, CA USA 11-26-15
    Mulccino Palo Alto, CA USA 11-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very slow"

    Not riveting. I found The first 6 hours quite boring with no significant plot to speak of. The mystery unravels in the last hour; soap-operesque. Good if you'd like a stress-less , non-violent mystery that won't get your heart pulsating before bed

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 07-06-16
    Maria 07-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Started slow"

    At least for me but then became an interesting story with great personalities and a surprising ending

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    CPE 05-30-16
    CPE 05-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "An Amazing Journey"

    I loved this book, Elizabeth Edmondson is a master story teller. Everything is relevant no matter how random it seems. Amazing study of the difficulty in being human centered on a well played mystery.

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    Erica Blaschke 04-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "good book, lame reading"

    loved the story. writing was excellent. content was intriguing. narrator was a bit monotone and boring to listen to,and she made ladies in their twenties sound like they were in their seventies.

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  • ddodson
    2/24/16
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    "Excellent book"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. I thought it was going to be a 'chick-lit' for want of a better phrase to be honest.
    It was a very interesting story with lots of unexpected twists and turns.
    The narrator was absolutely fantastic, in fact probably one of the best I have listened to on Audible, and I have listened now to probably close to 60 books.
    I have no hesitation in recommending this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jacqui
    Great Britain
    10/25/15
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    "enthralling"

    Couldn''t wait for my installment each evening.. An interesting plot with a excellent reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • janice g.
    3/12/16
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    "Another god book by Elizabeth Edmondson."

    Loved it...Delia's character was well read. The story had great depth and intregue. All the character personalities were brought to life by the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    7/2/16
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    "Charming vintage feel"

    Lovely cast of characters drawn to a villa in Italy upon the death of it's owner. You just know they are all there to turn their lives around - but getting to know both them and the deceased owner remains constantly surprising. Well read with a genuinely 50's feel. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    4/6/16
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    "Cleverly woven story"

    I enjoyed this from beginning to end. The characters were interesting and brought to life by an excellent narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    Crawley, United Kingdom
    4/3/16
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    "Pleasant easy listening but not lightweight"

    I was intrigued by the description of the story and decided to try it as I know that if I hated it Audible would let me return it. I am glad that I did. I read a variety of genres some heavy, a lot not and this book fitted right in. It is well-researched and you can learn things without thinking the author wants to educate you or show off her own knowledge. There are several strange twists but none that I didn't find plausible and I never guessed the ending. There are several characters but the narrator was so good I always knew who was speaking. Excellent and enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    3/20/16
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    "Full of people Mystery and Intrigue"

    Loved the plot the twists and turns. The narrator was excellent with her ability to bring the charecters to life. The author drew you into the story and the descriptive text made. feel as if I was there watching along side each of the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    3/7/16
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    "Quaint slow burner"

    Nearly gave up near the start, but stuck with it and was quite compelled by the end. It was a little too quaint for my usual taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M
    London, United Kingdom
    9/8/15
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    "Good characters but ok story"

    A good holiday read but not Elizabeth's best works.

    Would still recommend as the characters were really brought to life by Nicolette 😊

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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