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  • Juliet’s Answer

  • One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak
  • By: Glenn Dixon
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet - letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet's hometown, people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart. Glenn's journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In fair Verona, where we lay our scene...

  • By Craig on 08-07-18

Predictable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

It's a very nice book, especially if you love Italy, particularly Verona. If you've traveled to Verona, you will recognize a lot of the terraine with romantic nostalgia.

  • The Scribe of Siena

  • A Novel
  • By: Melodie Winawer
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined - a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hope this is the first in a series!

  • By Taryn on 05-30-17

Intriguing, I didn't want it it end!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

The narrator was awesome. The novel and images of Siena came alive in my mind's eye, making Siena special to me, though I've never been there. The characters became family, friends, acquaintances, foes. While listening, throughout, my heart pound with fear and anticipation as danger occurred and as as human intimacies were narrated. Throughout, tears welled in my eyes AND I smiled and laughed. I yearn to learn more about 14th Century Siena. I didn't want it to end!!!

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  • Beautiful Ruins

  • By: Jess Walter
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,682

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • My mind wandered

  • By Ella on 11-25-12

I didn't want it to end!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-17

My favorite character was the beautiful, sensitive Pasquale. I took his feelings to heart ... he was such a good person. And I grew to love Cinque Terre, where I will be going in a few months. It's like, through the story, I knew it "when" ... before the tourism invasion, and I will see it through the eyes of Dee and Pasquale. Beautiful Ruins ~ a beautiful story!!!!

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  • Gardens of Delight

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

The Gardens of Delight brochure promises the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in Italy. For Lucy, the chance to go to Italy offers more than just gardens. Helen and her wealthy husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband spending so much time away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden. But Helen needs help. Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gardens English and Italian

  • By K. on 08-16-14

prelude to my visit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I like reading novels set in places I am to visit. Lake Como is now pleasantly familiar to me and I can't wait for the experience!