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Season of Storms | [Susanna Kearsley]

Season of Storms

In the early 1900s, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage, Celia disappeared. Now, decades later, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress - who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood - has agreed to star. She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play - and to her compelling, compassionate employer. And even though she knows she should let the past go, in her dreams it comes back.
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Publisher's Summary

In the early 1900s, the playwright Galeazzo D’Ascanio lived for Celia Sands. She was his muse and the inspiration for his most stunning and original play. But the night before she was to take the stage, Celia disappeared. Now, decades later, Alessandro D’Ascanio is preparing to stage the first performance of his grandfather’s masterpiece. A promising young actress - who shares Celia Sands’ name, but not her blood - has agreed to star.

She is instantly drawn to the mysteries surrounding the play - and to her compelling, compassionate employer. And even though she knows she should let the past go, in her dreams it comes back.

©2012 Susanna Kearsley (P)2012 Oakhill Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Like something out of the pages of Daphne du Maurier." (Daily Express)

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    F. Langley, BC, Canada 08-17-13
    F. Langley, BC, Canada 08-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. This story is superbly written and transports the listener to another world. Narration by Carolyn Bonnyman is supreme. I have now listened to all of Sussanna Kearsley's books and wish her latest book The Firebird was available in my country of Canada.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Kopp 10-24-14
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    "Breaking Curses"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love Bonnyman's narration, the characters are intriguing, the story is at once romantic and mysterious. A most enjoyable story.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn Bonnyman – was your favorite?

    Since this novel takes place in the first person, I truly was engaged by Celia's inner thoughts. Bonnyman has a soft, winsome, and dreamy voice that gives encompasses Celia's self.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MKo 01-15-15
    MKo 01-15-15
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    "Vivid and engaging story"

    Although I usually prefer Susana Kearsley's later books with stronger other-worldly elements, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. As usual, she paints incredibly vivid scenery and characters that feel like old friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Stubbs 12-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Season of Storms to be better than the print version?

    Both are excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celia Sands is my favorite.


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn Bonnyman – was your favorite?

    Still Celia.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator and story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 08-28-15
    Rebecca 08-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Poorly enunciated"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I only listened for about half an hour. It was too difficult to understand what some of the words were. I've not experienced that in an audio book before. Never! I wasn't interested in struggling to understand the next several hours so I gave up on it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Kearsley again?

    I have loved every Susanna Kearsley book I've read. I was so looking forward to this one. I suppose I will have to read it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Poor enunciation. Also, she came across as kind of depressing to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 08-18-15
    Jennifer Bronx, NY, United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"
    Where does Season of Storms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its very good - am interested in getting more by this author


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

    If the book wasn't so long I'd be interested i listening in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Was skeptical as to whether I'd like this book because it was a longish listen and wasn't sure the subject could be engaging that long. But the story kept me interested with a bit of suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy 08-03-15
    Sandy 08-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good"

    The reader is very good but the story is very predictable. Overall not bad but I've had better from this writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-10-15
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2009

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "Evocative Prose"

    A writer's writer, Susanna Kearsley is a master at immersing her readers in the details of place, whether it be the coast of Scotland or northern Italy. The descriptions here of Venice and Lake Garda are spot on, and she always finds a way to seamlessly weave in local history, giving the contemporary scenes a sense of time and continuity. Which expertly sets the stage for her well-delineated characters. I also appreciate the measured pacing, so refreshing in this age of the sound bite. She's not in a hurry to tell her story, and I, for one, am never in a hurry to have her stories end. Season of Storms will remind you (in its fine sense of foreboding) of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 06-24-15
    Pamela 06-24-15

    Walking Gal

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    "It was ok"
    What did you like best about Season of Storms? What did you like least?

    The pacing of this one was odd. Moved sooo slow and I kept sitting there thinking "what is the point of this book?" But I appreciated she didn't do the time travel thing. Still would have been nice for more in the book- for the first 90% it was "my spring in Italy in this amazing house" and then the last 10% was cloak and dagger and mystery.

    I did like how the world of the house was created, but a little less house, more story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Moved the story faster. Or put more of in into the rest of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn Bonnyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one


    Could you see Season of Storms being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Could be a good movie because location would be awesome. But it could also get farcey.


    Any additional comments?

    Liked it but not as much as her other books. This is for a Kearsley fan, not someone testing to see if she likes her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina A. Emory 06-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow getting into it, but good once you do."

    It took me forever to get into this book for some reason. The audiobook helped. My only complaint about the audiobook is the volume is too low and the narrator is a little bit to subdued throughout. This is not your typical Kearsley story. It is more like A Mistry then a time slip or time travel type story. I really did enjoy the characters. I really enjoyed the mystery. It's just at the beginning took to long to get into the meat of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Katherine
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    "Excellent book. I really enjoyed listening to it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to many of my friends. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.


    What other book might you compare Season of Storms to, and why?

    Some of Barbara Erskines book


    What does Carolyn Bonnyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excitement


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

    I tried but it was taking too long I give up about 1am each morning


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    3/10/13
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    "disappointing"

    I love books by this author and have listened to all the others available on audible, this one however I just couldn't get into. I restarted 4 times and each time found my mind wandering within minutes. I'm not sure if its the narrator although she has a pleasant enough voice, but I was just bored by the story and couldn't figure out what was happening. In the end I realised I just didn't care enough about the characters to continue and give up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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