• A Dream of Italy

  • An uplifting story of love, family and holidays in the sun!
  • By: Nicky Pellegrino
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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A Dream of Italy

By: Nicky Pellegrino
Narrated by: Jane McDowell
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Publisher's Summary

Live your dream of Italy...

Here is your chance to buy your own home in southern Italy for less than the price of a cup of coffee. The picturesque mountain town of Montenello is selling off some of its historic buildings for just ONE EURO each. The only conditions are that purchasers must renovate their new home within the next three years and that they plan to contribute in a meaningful way to this small community.

To be considered as a future resident of Montenello contact the town's mayor, Augusto Rossi. Live your dream of Italy for just one euro.

When the Mayor of a picturesque Italian town launches a new scheme to rejuvenate the community, his advertisement is read with interest and excitement by many. Zara is in her thirties and desperate to get on the property ladder. Tim and Lynda are retiring and need a project. Some are looking for a peaceful bolthole. Others hope to make a profit, start a business, escape a dull life or an unhappy relationship. And there is someone who just might be hiding their true motivation...

Their lives are about to change forever - but can they make their dream of Italy into a reality? A deliciously escapist summer read.

©2019 Nicky Pellegrino (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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I really enjoyed this gently listen but really the Australian accents are appalling. Please get an Australian to narrate them as very few of us sound like we have lived in the outback all our lives.

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Charming! Exactly the kind of book I was looking for

My favorite book has a bit of history a bit of fiction people stories and is believable and well written. I love this book. I love the characters. I love architecture art and things of beauty. This book respects those things. A great read. I was stuck in terrible traffic for hours and I didn’t mind a bit!

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Delightful!

I live in Italia so, this book was a delight. Written well and the narration was superb!

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Road trip worthy

This was so magical for me as I was taking my road trip wishing I was driving through Italy.

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Picturesque Italy

Takes you directly to Italy and makes you ready to move tomorrow.

4 beautiful stories of people in different stages of life but looking for a change .

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Charming

A wonderful story. Was deeper than I expected. Plenty of imagery and complex characters.

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such a wonderful escape

so loved this audio book. I could picture the small Italian town and felt like all the characters were believable, likeable and interesting. the narrator did such a great job, switching to charming accents so effortlessly. I really didn't want it to end and would really love sequels, there's so much potential for more storylines following these wonderful characters . great job by the author and narrator, I look forward to listening to more books from both of them.

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Great easy listen!

Really enjoyed the story, made me wish I was moving to Italy! Reminiscent of Under the Tuscan Sun.

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Predictable but pleasant

The story was predictable but very pleasant and enjoyable. I wanted a happy listen with a taste of Italy and that’s was this book is. I enjoyed the narrator.

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Soooooo good

Fabulous read!! Love it through and through!!!! Definitely worth indulging in any time of the day or night

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  • Kathy
  • 05-03-21

Nice easy listening 'Escape'

Perfect easy-listening, undemanding read. It was easy to imagine and escape to one of those pretty, ancient hill top towns you see in Italy, and the descriptions were evocative.. The story was pleasant and enjoyable and beautifully performed.

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  • Suzanne O'Brien
  • 04-24-21

Dull narrating!

The storyline was pleasant enough but to many characters for the length of the book.
The narrator I found dull, with every character sounding the same apart from the 2 accents.
I may attempt one more from this author as I love everything Italian. But I think I’d be more likely to read the next one!

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  • Lynne
  • 08-17-20

Interesting story

Really enjoyed the story but felt that the ending was a bit rushed and could have been expanded more. As always Nicky Pelligrino’s work is enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-17-20

Not exiting

Story was a bit plain, basic. It did not kept me interested or looking forward to go back to finish the book.
I didn't like the narrator either.

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  • Holly
  • 09-06-19

Just love this narrator + Pellegrino's books.

I always feel like I'm away in a foreign country, relaxing and in heaven when I listen to McDowell reading Pellegrino's books. A holiday every time I read ❤️ thank you both

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  • JG
  • 08-03-19

A house for a Euro?

I loved this book. A town in Italy that is falling apart, a mayor who wants to bring in new people. A group of people from all different walks of life whose stories unfold. I loved all the characters and it is a heartwarming story.

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  • Johan Koorts
  • 07-12-19

Escape to Italy ;)

I adored this book. The only negative is that I can't go and visit Montenello and the people who started to feel like friends to me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-19

Another fantastic read from Nicky Pellegrino.

An intriguing story bought to life by Jane McDowell. Interesting, believable characters, I just wish I could see an ad like that!

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  • Eleni McGinty
  • 06-16-22

Would love to visit

Lovely story and characters. I just want to go there and meet them all. I hope that the next book comes with more Elise developments and new wonderful characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-22

Good

Enjoyed this book only thing that annoyed me was Gino’s Italian accent. He’s born and raised in Sydney Australia so there would be no Italian accent. Apart from this really enjoyed the story.

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  • Jennifer
  • 04-11-21

A dream of Italy

I loved this book. Having been to Italy for a trip this book brought back all my memories of the quiet little villages we stayed in.... The narrator was clear and had warmth in her voice. I liked the theme of buying a house for $1 euro as this would be my dream.

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  • Jodie In Paradise
  • 07-08-20

Enjoyable story of lives coming together

An Enoyable story of lives coming together with heart and humor in beautiful southern Italy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-20

Easy quick read

This was a cute story, I felt it was a bit rushed, enjoyable easy read.

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  • Teresa
  • 09-05-19

loved it

lovely story that really brought southern Italy to life. Made me want to jump on the next plane.

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  • Christine Curtis
  • 04-20-19

Absolutly loved it !!

The story twists and turns in a beautiful flow of old and new . Crossing bridges never crossed and making you feel so part of every characters life !! A wonderful story line as always with Nicky Pelligrino's books. A great way to escape reality and loose yourself in the streets of Italy ! Thankyou