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The Shoemaker's Wife Audiobook

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again - sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate - and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever .

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.

©2012 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Marion 08-15-17
    Marion 08-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable reading, modest yet epic story, likeable"

    Enjoyable reading, warm, modest yet epic story, likeable characters rich in feeling. Heartfelt generational saga

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    Cherie Bradley DRAPER, UTAH, US 07-17-17
    Cherie Bradley DRAPER, UTAH, US 07-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved The Shoemakers wife"

    The Shoemakers Wife was filled with life and love. So well read by the audible voice chosen for this book. I highly recommend it!

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    Angela C. Dallas, TX 06-24-17
    Angela C. Dallas, TX 06-24-17

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    "This is a beautiful story! Hooked from the start"

    I was so moved during parts if the book, I actually cried by the situations so artfully unfolded. I would love to see this as a movie, but then I also can't imagine getting it that is written truly portrayed on film. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this performance. You won't regret it.

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    A 05-16-17
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    This book was so vividly written and wonderfully performed. I felt drawn to listen as often as possible. Like reading a book all night long, unable to put it down. The story was deep and meaningful.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-04-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-04-17

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "a Predictable tale"

    I liked this book. But, unlike many other reviewers, I didn't love it. I found the love-story to be too predictable and often sappy. And, although Ciro was a well-developed character who was often hindered by his own frailties, Enza was not. She seemed very one-dimensional and too perfect. Her character was much too subordinated to his, and the portions of the book that were dedicated to her story were too thin. I would have liked to read much more about the period when she was working for the opera. The biggest problem with these characters is that neither of them was very likable. On top of all this, the plot was dull and predictable. Nothing in this book will surprise you.

    There is a positive element, which allows me to give the book 3 stars: The author's facility with words allows her to paint a very pretty picture allowing a movie to play in the head of the reader. I could see the Alps of the Italian countryside home of Ciro and Enza. I could picture the Minnesota woods and how the green summer days would allow the couple to be reminded of their hometown. I always enjoy writing which is full of descriptors and this book fits in that category. I just wish that the story lived up to the background description.

    Orlagh Cassidy narrates the story beautifully. I could not have heard the rich accents of Italy in my head. I would not have pronounced the names correctly. Her narration enhanced the parts of the book that I liked. In fact, I think if I had read the book to myself it may have only achieved two stars.

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    Nana2kearaj 03-17-17
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    "great book"

    we read this book for our book club, and every one liked it! would recommend to others

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    patsicum Maywood, NJ USA 03-11-17
    patsicum Maywood, NJ USA 03-11-17 Member Since 2010
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    "An easy listen"

    The narrator does an excellent job bringing the author's words alive. Scenes and characters are well drawn.

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    Bookie 02-25-17
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    "A pleasant but unexciting story"

    The storyline was pleasant but somewhat boring and I found that some of the descriptions were repetitive as though attempting to be colourful but ended up just being monotonous. The narrator's accent when she read as the Italian characters was awful and her pronunciation of practically every Italian word was incorrect. Including the city BErg-amo. Not Berg-Amo. It was distracting to say the least.

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    Traci J 01-17-17
    Traci J 01-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding story !!"

    This was one of those books you can't stop listening to and thinking about. What an amazing love story and the narrator is truly amazing. She totally nails every accent!! I would probably go out of my way to find stories that Orlagh Cassidy reads.

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    AB63 PA 12-22-16
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    "Drawn out and uninteresting"

    I didn't find the story of a typical immigrant making a life and family in America very interesting. Generational it was, but almost too sweet. Never did I feel compelled to HAVE to keep reading.

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