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The Paradise of Glass Audiobook

The Paradise of Glass: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 3

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Johanna, the oldest of the three Steinmann sisters, has successfully managed the family glassblowing business since her father's death, and her sister Marie's artistic gifts have made their wares unexpectedly famous. But now the livelihood of the town of Lauscha, Germany - known around the world as the "paradise of glass" - is in danger. The local glassworks is about to be sold, and rumor has it the buyer wants to make changes that will challenge glassblowing tradition.

Wanda, the daughter of the middle Steinmann sister, is freshly arrived from America and engaged to an ambitious local glassblower. Yet as soon as the bold young woman learns of the impending sale, she decides to do as her mother and aunts did - cast aside her expected role in order to save the day. With the help of a handsome bank clerk, she will take a daring risk with the villagers' hard-earned money. Just like glass, though, love and commerce are fragile, and what begins as their last hope may just end in shattered dreams.

©2006 Petra Durst-Benning. Translation copyright © 2015 Samuel Willcocks. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-20-15
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Lauscha, Germany, 1911, Changes and Challenges"

    Wanda, the daughter of glassblowers, on both sides, has returned from Italy with little Sylvie, following the death of Aunt Marie . . . living with her father in Lauscha, helping with his glassblowing business, Wanda and Sylvie bring life into the little cabin where her father, grandfather, uncle and aunt live . . . when the local foundry is put up for sale, the town is suddenly fearful of what the new owner will do . . . and Wanda and the glassblowers set out to try to purchase it themselves, causing a rift between Wanda and her fiancee, Richard. An old and evil enemy appears out of the woodwork . . . and, alas, (a part that I found a little too predictable) their plans were thwarted . . . BUT, lo and behold . . . it was as it should be . . . because, I would have never in a million years been able to write or imagine a better ending to the terrible mess . . . great story and great conclusion to the trilogy . . . Bravo!

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    "Lovrely series totally enjoyed this one."

    Looking for something different? Try this trilogy. Keeps the characters coming to life, and all are very interesting.

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    Amazon Customer Monterey, CA USA 04-03-17
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    "Loved these books. 💟❤💗💖❤"

    Loved the story, characters and their courage to live out of the box and expand the women's world of possibilities in business and love. Enjoy!

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    Liz Andersson 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A narrator can destroy the enjoyment of listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator had a less whiny voice which she used for the female characters specially the Steinmanns it would have been enjoyable. Even the voices of the male characters couldn't make me connect my imagination to the character speaking. I know Wanda is only 17 yrs old but her "voice" sounded like a spoiled 12 yrs old girl, Kristin exaggerated the American drawl which didn't fit to reality. Instead of concentrating on the story I was all the time irritated by the narrator! The translation was not good either as several phrases sounded so "un-German".


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Haven't reach the ending of this one but have read books 1 & 2.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kristin Watson Heintz?

    Oh please change her to anyone much better!


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    Jen 02-10-17
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    "a journey's end"

    ha! that villian got what he had coming. thank goodness, anything less and I would have thrown my Kindle in despair. sadly, this series is completed, however, it shall stay with me always, and be a constant recommendation. I look forward to exploring Petra's other works.

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    Nannette 10-01-16
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    "Good book, bad narrator"

    I did not like this narrator. She sounded absolutely giddy while describing a rape scene! The characters are supposed to be strong women, but they are portrayed with childlike voices.

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    Cindi 09-27-16
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    "perfect ending to book 2!"

    This book pick picks up where book 2 finished, so read book 2 first. I was happy to be surprised by the story.

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    Amazon Customer freeport, pa United States 07-18-16
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    "enjoyed very much"

    enjoyed the story very much was surprised to find out there really is a town in Germany called lauscha I love it when that happens although whoever translated it into English could have used more German words such as a beer garden rather than bar narrator was enjoyable to listen to but the idea of a woman taking over in the ways this fictional Tale portrays probably would not have happened at that time but it is a story and a good one

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    "The Paradise of Glass"
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    I can't do this. Again the vernacular and story are just too unrealistic for the time period. I'm returning the book unfinished.


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    Mexi Dad 06-23-16
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    Love every minute of it. The characters were very well developed, and the story well written.

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    "very enjoyable"

    Gripping story great performance have enjoyed the whole trilogy. Will be searching for more from this author.

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  • Diane Enticott
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    "brilliant trilogy"

    well written and read. it's a must buy and I will definitely and will recommend this trilogy.

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