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Bel Canto Audiobook

Bel Canto

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Publisher's Summary

Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.

Don't miss our free Ann Patchett interview. Patchett is an Audible CelebrityListener - find out what she's listening to here.

©2001 Ann Patchett; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Paperback, 2003
  • PEN/Faulkner Award Winner, 2002

"Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance. This fluid and assured narrative...demonstrates her growing maturity and mastery of form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mixing art and politics can have unexpected results, but rarely are they so poignant....[Anna Fields'] performance is the essence of Bel Canto, easy, pure of tone, with an agile, precise vocal technique." (AudioFile)

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    Judy 01-04-17
    Judy 01-04-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story, starts really slow..."

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book, AFTER I got to the middle of the book. It started slow and really dragged on and on.

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    Tamara 01-03-17
    Tamara 01-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I don't understand all the positive reviews."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was not interesting or compelling to me. The characters meant nothing and I never warmed up to any of them. I gave up halfway through the book.


    What could Ann Patchett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Developed the characters in a way that made them interesting so that I cared what happened.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anna Fields?

    I'm not sure, but she read the story with very little emotion so almost anyone would be an improvement.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    There were so many positive reviews for this book that I was stunned when I didn't like it and could only make it about halfway through the book before giving up on it. This is the first time I have done this with an audio book and I have listened to hundreds of books. I felt that I needed to balance the reviews by adding my opinion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    McToon 01-03-17
    McToon 01-03-17
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    "Unforgettable story, fabulous reader."

    I loved this story. The main characters were so well drawn, and it was easy to imagine how such disparate people could find love and friendship in such a situation. Anna Fields did such a great job of reading it that I now want to find other books that she's read.

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    C. Pace Houston, TX 01-02-17
    C. Pace Houston, TX 01-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Profound"

    I am trying to grasp the words I want to review this incredible work of art. It was beautiful. I now have to go dig out my opera cds. I knew from the very beginning how it would probably end, but it was still extremely difficult to process. Of course, it was all made even more than perfect by the late Anna Fields as narrator.

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    Jeff 01-02-17
    Jeff 01-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not even worth the $2.95 I spent"

    The language and pros are very well written. The story sucks. It is like an advanced expository writing class to which the story was written only to show that you could use words properly. Do not read or listen to this book.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-16 Member Since 2017
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    "beautiful prose"

    Loved it! If it was the author's intention to teach the reader how to understand the kindness of each of her characters, then she succeeded well.

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    V H 12-25-16
    V H 12-25-16
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    "SENTIMENTAL PAP"

    Narrator sounds bored; and.the story is nauseatingly and ridiculously stupid. Even a child's fairy tale would be easier to believe.

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    Cathy West Chester, PA, USA 10-31-16
    Cathy West Chester, PA, USA 10-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen and enjoy"

    Great characters, an interesting engaging story and so well read. The characters lingered in my mind when I wasn't listening to the book and the time flew past when I did listen. This book is totally worth adding to you list of books to read.

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    Evan 08-25-16
    Evan 08-25-16
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    "Wonderful"

    One of those few stories that help you reframe your view of life - it is a story of beauty and ultimately the worlds rejection of it.

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    Amazon Customer 07-28-16
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    "very engaging"

    I regretted each time I had to pause and was sorry when it ended.I loved Anna Field's narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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