Allegra

A Novel Set in the Italian Renaissance
Narrated by: Brook Van Beuren
Series: Sabina, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
3.3 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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16th century Florence, Italy: Allegra Castagno harbors a secret so big that it can ruin her life and her father's reputation. Exceptionally talented, yet banned from the Florentine guilds, she devises a clever ruse in order to secretly ply her beloved craft. In time, the exquisite jewelry designs of "La Castagna" are being praised in noble courts from Venice to Rome.

Resentful of the male-dominated society in which she lives, Allegra rejects all suitors in order to maintain her carefully constructed farce - until an embittered man with a tragic past melts her icy heart. Faced with a serious dilemma, she seeks the help of her scandalous friend, Bianca Cappello, lover of the powerful Francesco de' Medici.

©2017 Christine De Melo (P)2018 Christine De Melo

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Ruined by the Narrator

Based on the Amazon reviews I took a chance on an unknown-to-me author. I spent two summers in Florence and have a love of fine crafts. Unfortunately, the reader so consistently mispronounced common words that I was too distracted to enjoy the story. Some Italian names were pronounced the way an Italian would say them, others were pronounced as if by an American. The pronunciations should be consistent. And the English mispronunciations made me wonder if anyone had listened to the audio before releasing it. I know I am a bit of a crank when it comes to my reaction to incompetent readers but they ruin what should be a pleasurable experience in the same way a printed book would if it were full of poor spelling, inconsistent punctuation, and a constant misuse of homonyms. I hope to have other opportunities to listen to books by C. De Melo with better narrators.

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The Worst Narration I Have Ever Heard!

I've been a member of Audible for many years and was shocked that they made a title available that has such poor narration. The first time I heard "soldering" mispronounced, it took me aback. But that was quickly followed by a ridiculous pronunciation of "coup de gras." I agree with the previous reviewer that the narration was a distraction to enjoying the story. Hard to believe that someone with such a poor grasp of language was paid to narrate this book.

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  • 06-26-18

I was transported back in time!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Not my usual girlie romance but a romance non the less. I loved the different voices the narrator used - I was transported back in time and could image the characters like I was watching a film. I would highly recommend listening to this.

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