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"One of the longest-awaited literary encores in recent times....Teems with a diverse cast of aristocrats and lowlifes....Berendt's voice is gentle and tolerant, reveling in human complexities; he has no pretensions of offering anything more than a good story." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In lieu of Savannah, he offers us Venice, another port city full of eccentric citizens and with a long, colorful history." (Publishers Weekly)
People say this isn't as good as Midnight in the Garden, and they're right. But Midnight was so good, that still leaves a lot of room for virtue. I don't know what I would think if I wasn't a Venice-o-phile, but since millions are, that shouldn't count against it either. Suffice to say that Berendt turns his tried-and-true technique for baring the souls of cities to one of the most beguiling cities on the planet and produces a damn fine book. I couldn't wait to get back on the exercise bike.
I did not read the print version.
They were so many interesting characters that I can't pick just one as my favorite.
I found this book to be fascinating. The history, the people the author meets and the Venetian culture are very well described.
John Berendt wrote a fascinating book about Venice, and he examines the life of Venetians and ex-pats that now live in Venice closely.
The narrator brings the story to life with wonderful adornments in Italian. It's adds spice to the words.
There are parts of the recording that skip beats and lags. Not sure if Audible can fix it!!
The book starts off strong, full of quirky characters and capturing the uniqueness of Venice. I am a fan of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and it felt lovingly similar to it... in the beginning. But somewhere about 1/2 through the book, the author focuses on a major scandal and controversy and the book becomes "He said, She said". It reminded me of: 1) Holiday fighting with my family where ancient aunts bring up decades old grievances, 2) Junior High Girls spattering about just want Jenny did, 3) a kind of b*tchy commentary. If you choose to read, stop when you get into the part where a couple dotes on an aged, wealthy invalid.
An eager voyager. Bags are packed. Passport is ready. Let's go.
Yes. It provided insight into a few personalities of Venice.
I would have linked even more of the history to present day events.
Steady. Comfortable. Competetent.
Yes. It inspired me to listen to Peter Ackroyd's Venice: Pure City
Give it a go. You'll be surprised at what you hear.
Since I'd loved Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil I was really looking forward to listening to this book.
Perhaps it's a better read than listen.
It goes on endlessly about peripheral characters and redundantly about time lines.
What freedom when I deleted it from my ipod and excercised to someone else.
I must add though that I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator's voice. I felt like a child being read to in the evening.
I diligently struggled through almost 14 hours of endless stories about dozens of people, mostly American expats, gossiping about each other?s lives. The author believes to be an investigative journalist who is digging in people's dirty laundry and proudly presenting the uncovered 'material' in the 'he said, she said' format. How boring and unessential! Finally, I had to put an end to this nonsense and erased the files from my iPod.
I loved "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and couldn't wait to listen to "Falling Angels." What a disappointment. I was completely bored by the whole book. It wasn't at all engaging--my mind kept wandering whenever I tried to listen. None of the characters--of which there are too many to keep track of--were sympathetic or even interesting. Also, there is a tedious amount of detail about totally uninteresting topics.
Fair reportage of the fire at La Fenice opera house but lacking descriptive richness and fascinating characters. I would only recommend the book to those with specific interest in disasters and reconstruction. It's not for the general reader.
The fire in a historic structure in tightly packed Venice is confined to the building itself despite difficult conditions was interesting. The political and financial intrigue was not at all compelling.
The narrator was quite competent but the book was without dramatic content so he had little to work with.
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