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Season of Storms Audiobook

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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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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    blue 04-10-15
    blue 04-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wake me when it's over"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, quit listening after about 1/3, just could not handle the "put me to sleep" monotone voice of the narrator. Listened to her in another book (Mariana) and she was very difficult to understand, and does not make it easy to distinguish between the different characters. Mariana had a better story though, Seasons of Storms just plain boring


    Would you recommend Season of Storms to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, snooze fest


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very much so. If I ever see her name again as a narrator, simply won't buy the book


    Was Season of Storms worth the listening time?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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 2016

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay Kopp 10-24-14
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    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    F. Langley, BC, Canada 08-17-13
    F. Langley, BC, Canada 08-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Fran Langley.BC Canada

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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    LornaDavis United States 04-02-15
    LornaDavis United States 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "eh"

    I am drawn to Susanna Kearsley's books but this on is just so-so. Sort of predictable with not much going on.

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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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    Kate B. 03-11-16
    Kate B. 03-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing story!"

    Told with the fullness of emotion that I have come to love about Ms. Kearsley's writing. I loved it... couldn't wait to be immursed in the thrill & richness if each new chapter.

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    LCNanny 11-26-15
    LCNanny 11-26-15
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    "max volume is a whisper"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Season of Storms?

    When Celia was stuck in the crypt. So scary. Since this happens at the end of the book you know something is coming, and I even had an idea, but still there were surprises, relieve and tragedy; where I didn't see it coming.

    This isn't written like many of Ms. Kearsley's other books where time & characters overlap, but at times it seems as if it wants to go there (thankfully it doesn't). I say thankfully, because I very much liked the story and thought it was well conceived and written, and had it relied more on the ghost of Celia the first I am not sure I would have felt as strongly about the writing.

    Celia is an actress (the story centers around people in this field) and she is named after a dead actress, so there is the creep factor because no one knows if the first Celia was murdered. Much more than this is really going on, but the mystery adds to the plot and doesn't cloud or detract from relationships.

    This is a comfortable story, no real tension, and it's strength is in the dynamics between characters; so I'd say more of a drama.

    But once again with this author's books, I find there continue to be issues with volume, and let me tell you it sucks!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate 10-25-15
    Kate 10-25-15
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    "Good, not great"

    I went into listening to this book with high expectations after enjoying Kearsley's other books so much, particularly The Rose Garden and Winter Sea. As has been noted by others, this book starts very slowly. The pics of momentum I never did find the storyline as gripping. Still it was an enjoyable listen. If you've not listen to other Kearsley books, I encourage you to do so whether or not you particularly enjoy this morning. Her prose is always excellent. She is a good writer!

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  • Katherine
    Winkleigh, United Kingdom
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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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