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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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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.

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Wonderful Listen!

A magical vase from the 13th century Song Dynasty is the catalyst for musical prowess through generations of a family. The vase "sings" with each new owner. This book was a very ambitious undertaking that spanned centuries of history, cultures and locations. I consider myself fortunate that I was able to reap the benefits of the author's efforts. I enjoyed the interconnected tales of love, romance, history and destiny. The rich historical and cultural details, along with music as the central theme, are both something that I've come to expect from the author and I was richly rewarded with this endeavor. Music truly is the universal language.

Normally, I cringe and think "Noooo!" when I see that an audiobook is being narrated by the author. Ms. Kahn is a rare exception. Not only is her writing beautiful but I have found her to be a very capable narrator as well. Peace of Music was a great listening experience and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Sweeping tale of many generations linked by music.

I received a copy of Peace of Music from the author via AudioBoom in return for an honest review. Ms. Kahn's book/audiobook is the product of enormous dedication and hard work. She narrates the audiobook herself, and for the most part, does an adequate job, although I did find the male voices irritating, especially in the beginning. What was particularly jarring were the musical breaks between chapters. Had those not bothered me so much, I might have given the performance 4 stars. The story is ambitious, but I found it a bit too grand and overreaching, leading to perfunctory oversimplifications that came across as ludicrous. Two examples: a mother/musician hears her daughter sing for THE FIRST TIME when the girl is eleven and discovers (?!) that she is phenomenally gifted, musically. In another scene, a soldier returns home to France IMMEDIATELY following the 1918 armistice, and his mother is described as plump and able to cook up the best French meal ever in just a few minutes. I venture to guess there were very few plump French housewives immediately following the first world war, and there were few foods at hand to prepare an impromptu feast. Ever female character is the most beautiful and talented of her generation, and every male the handsomest and most clever. The family sings and plays the piano through most of the 20th century, guarded over by a hand-crafted Chinese vase from I can't remember which century. The author dips into cultural references from China, Greece, France, and even Russia, but they are all fairly superficial and stereotypical. Ms. Kahn's respect and reverence for these different cultures shines through, though, as does her evidently firm belief in the transcendent power of music, so a more patient reader/listener than I would probably enjoy Peace of Music.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful