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Publisher's Summary

A once lost magnificent antique vase from China's 13th Century Song Dynasty reappears from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea where it comes to dwell on a piano in a doctor's home. It becomes the impetus in steering the lives of this doctor and his descendants through their heartbreaks, romances, and ultimately successes.

An assassination, a sabotage on a Greek island, and amazing musical performances are but some of the events that strike their lives. Spanning from 13th Century China to the present, the story takes place on four continents, with talented individuals of different nationalities and backgrounds, always interrelated by music.

©2013 Denise Kahn (P)2017 Denise Kahn

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Peace of music

Peace of Music is the story centers around a priceless Chinese vase from the Song Dynasty. As the vase takes its place among the lives of the people around it, the vase sings its own song, one of destiny. Enjoyable to listen to.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Music

Peace of Music is a beautifully written book. The story centers around a priceless Chinese vase from the Song Dynasty. As the vase takes its place among the lives of the people around it, the vase sings its own song.

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Average story- recording issues

I found the concept of the book intriguing but as listening to it I spent a lot of time wondering where the connection was between the vase and the various people. Some was resolved in the end but how this vase was seen to encourage the joy of music (aside from being from the Song Dynasty), I don't know.
I agree with several other reviewers, I found the characters had little depth and were very idealistic. Several parts of the story were as well cliche.. yes, like the part where the mother, whom is a fantastic singer, does not know til her daughter is almost a teen, that she sings well also. I maybe could have let that go if the daughter in turn had not said she did not know her daughter could sing but figures this out as her daughter is almost a teen. It's so unlikely. Especially in a claimed " musical" family. Also, one of the main male figures manages to walk hundreds of miles to get home after both wars he is involved in..???

The author does her own narration. This is not the only book she has narrated. I listened to other book excerpts and find her style of reading to be fairly uniform. It is not a style I like. She has the ability to do many accents and individual voices which is great but most characters speak with the same cadence. In the beginning of this book I found the reading to be too lilting and lacking in true emotion of the characters. If I had not gotten this book for free and agreed to do a review I likely would have stopped listening after 20 minutes.
Things did improve so it was no longer a challenge to listen to however I still do not warm to the style.

The audio recording sounded mostly like I was listening to an MP3 version- tinny. There was one male voice however, where the audio quality improved and her voice for this character sounded so good I questioned if they snuck in a male narrator. The switch in the story between the audio qualities was irritating to listen to.

The author has several books and I'm unsure I'd read / listen to another one. I guess I'd give it a try.

I received this free audiobook review copy at my request and voluntarily leave this unbiased review.

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Richly detailed historical novel.

This is a richly detailed story, full of interesting characters and imaginative adventures. The historical aspect alone makes this a worthwhile read, but it is also full of love, romance, and the beauty of music in the midst of the chaotic world around us.

As a history lover and a music lover, I found this a very rewarding read. At times, I felt as though I were there sharing in the experiences of the characters.

I listened to the audio version, which is narrated by the author. She did a really good job with the narration, but I think I might have enjoyed the story a bit more, had I been reading it rather than listening.

Definitely a recommended read, especially if you like historical novels.

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What a great musical listen

Wow the author has a great understanding of music and history. The author must has spent many a day researching history and letting the mind free The musical vase , which the owner formed in China is fantastic. The owner kept on hearing music. Years later. The vase kept on traveling around the world and who ever owes the vase was blessed with the music it brought out

First time I listened to this author who narrated the story and it wS good

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Music throught the ages

This is an unusual book and not the type that I would normally enjoy. However, the story is well written and the narration by the author is great!

The book begins in 13th century China when a blind potter makes a beautiful vase as a dowry for his daughter. While making the vase, he is lead by the music of Kwan Yin. The book follows the vase through its travels around the globe. This vase seems to bring out the musical abilities of its owners, including a concert pianist, an opera singer and various other characters.

The book touches on points of history, including WWI and WWII. The resilience of Greece and the Greek resistance are prominent in the book.

The main line of the story is Music and the narration is beautifully accompanied by Music especially selected for the book. This added a lot to the reading of the book.

The author/narrator did an excellent job with the various accents of the characters, which enhanced the book a lot.

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Love This Story Line

I loved the way Denise has all of the character voices and adds music in between the chapters, for that little bit of something extra

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Music Is The Core of These Families

I totally enjoyed hearing the author narrate her own story. It makes the experience so much more personal. This story is very complex and enthralling. There are time jumps that are somewhat confusing but it all comes together as the listener continues on. I have never listened to such an interesting story-line that also gives the feeling of a history lesson. The characters are very humble and exciting at the same time. The way the story comes together is cause to keep listening without stopping to see what's next. I felt very uplifted at the end and very happy that I was gifted this book in exchange for an hones review. How I wish I had some of the character's musical abilities.

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A beautiful read!

Such a beautifully written read that was narrated beautifully.

A definite five star book!

The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life.

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Love of music

I loved this story. This is the first in this series that I have listened to. It is well worth hearing. The author did a fantastic job and the narrator did a great job in telling the story. I was given a copy for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful