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"New York, Paris, London - every grand metropolis - has its own irresistible attraction, but Rome so swirls with stories of saints and sinners...lovers and fighters, that she compels you towards her, like gravity.... No one leaves her unaltered. Part of you always loves her. This is the place where passions are aroused, senses inflamed, and lovers fall into each other's arms. It all appears to unfold like magic, but I will tell you what really happens.... Come with me, if you will, and observe my labors."

Mark Lamprell's One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting audiobook about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself. Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful businesspeople from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete - but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age - "Sometimes I look at my laughter lines and wonder what on earth could have been that funny" - who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas.

Brimming with wit and charm (and gelato), One Summer Day in Rome is the most delicious audiobook you will listen to this summer.

©2016 Mark Lamprell (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Loved this book!

This book is delightful. It is funny, entertaining, well written, compelling & weaves a wonderfully connected path between all the main characters & also an “inanimate object” (not to give anything away).
it is superbly read/performed by the narrator whose voice has a wonderful tone & he is spot on with the different accents & speech innuendos. I wish this author had more books on Audible.

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Wonderful book about life and love - Would highly recommend

This is one of the best books I have read (listened to) in a long time. The story just grabs you and I had a hard time putting it down. The aspect I loved most about this book is its perspective on life and love. Although love takes different forms it can last a lifetime, so long if you don't base it off of lists. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wants to escape to Rome for an afternoon by a lake, or an evening with the crickets chirping outside, or even a morning snuggled by a fire.

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For those who love and love Rome

I am not familiar with Rome and its treasures. For those who are,I am sure will enjoy the trip. The concept of the Roman "spirit" as narrator was clever. I enjoyed the chapters being introduced by quotes from renowned writers,artists, geniuses, and philosophers. The characters were charming. The denouement was a lovely twist of there are no coincidences. My only disappointment was the narrator's voice was rather monotone and I would sometimes doze off and have to remember where I was in the novel and go back.

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Interesting premise

I was engaged by the idea of the city of Rome itself as the narrator and key character of this novel. I chose this book because I was looking for some light summer reading and in that, the story does not disappoint.

However, the narration did disappoint. While West's reading as the narrator and the dialogue of the male characters was fine, he made every female character sound insipid or haughty. There was nothing in between. It distracted from my enjoyment of the book to a great degree. There are other men who have done fine work in performing women's dialogue; this artist is not one of them.

I may have rated the book more highly if I had read it instead of listened to it.

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OK travel romance novel

It's OK light fare and may be good before European vacation (esp Rome). But didn't like narrator much, particularly when he was doing the female voices - made each one sound dislikeable (annoying or simpering or standoffish) even if they were meant to be clever or attractive.

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Delightfully charming story

Wonderful story of love and finding your way. Wonderful narration and very pleasant voice! This is a book that I would most likely listen to again!

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The poor Narriration was the best part of this boo

so, first off, I'm not sure if the author has ever met a woman but the women in here are terrible and poorly written, they're either weak, crazy, or insecure. The characters are undeveloped and he is unable to convey their character development in the book. They all just have wild mood swings that I think the author believes is what character development is. The best part about this book is the realization that if this poorly written story is what publishing companies are buying, then I could probably get my own book published as soon as I write it

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So, there is this weird narrator daemon/angle/ghost (we don't really find out) that likes to humblebrag and for some reason brought these people together in Rome for a day because they're related and he needs their bacteria or something (for what purpose we don't really find out) and so he brings them there for love related reasons. Trying to figure what this entity was and why he wanted these people in Rome was the reason I kept going on with the story and it was a huge let down at the end. Honestly, I think the writer just knew a bunch of trivia facts about Rome and wanted to show how smart he is so he incorporated the whole ghost thing. Story would have been better and made more sense without it. It was entirely unnessicary.

overall save your time and money

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  • A. ricci
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 06-20-18

Absolutely horrible

This book is so awful. I can’t think of 18 words to tell you how bad it was.

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Charmless

Very disappointing. From the description, I expected a light, romantic story with likeable characters. This wasn't it. The characters were all irritating and the romance was either strained, awkward or non-existent. The narratoras a great voice, but perhaps he was the wrong choice for this story. There was no lightness or humor in the reading...although I tend to believe that this is due to the writing. A story without charm.

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Memories of walking Rome

So many of the streets and sights in this book I have walked and seen. Interesting story and good narration. You can use this book as a guide to travel and enjoy Rome like a local.