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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.

Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon, he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride.

The Gondola Maker brings the centuries-old art of gondola making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

©2014 Laura Morelli (P)2016 Laura Morelli

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Excellent narration

I am very glad that I chose to enjoy this book through narration. Having names correctly pronounced brought the story to life. I rarely listen to a book, but it was a wise choice for The Gondola Maker. Very well researched story. Very well written. Outstanding narration.

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enjoyable

I found the redsd/auditable, quite enjoyable. the story was well developed and the characters were believable.

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  • Fiona Griffiths
  • 11-08-17

Interesting story but shame about the monotone voice

The story’s quite interesting, and I even like the Italian accent of the reader - Edoardo Camponeschi - which gives it a Venetian feel. Unfortunately the reader has a very robotic and monotone voice, which is not conducive to the story. I will be avoiding any other stories using him as the reader.