Rococo

A Novel
Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (196 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

“Eccentric, unpredictable, entertaining...This novel is a treat.” (The Boston Globe)

Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator - not to mention the most eligible bachelor - in Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. From the dazzling shores of the Garden State to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown. 

So when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man to oversee the job. Recruiting an artist and a stained-glass artisan to help with the project - two handsome men who create romantic mayhem among Bartolomeo’s sister, his erstwhile fiancée, and all the other lovelorn ladies of OLOF - Bartolomeo struggles to create art while remaining the steadfast linchpin of the volatile di Crespi clan. 

Together, Bartolomeo and his team will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes - they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none. 

Praise for Rococo:

“A veritable crazy quilt of quirky Italian Americans...Trigiani weaves all [the] subplots together with wonderful ease.” (Entertainment Weekly

“A summer must-read...a hilarious mix of...humor, lust, [and] family dynamics.” (The Hartford Courant)

“An artfully designed tale [with] characters so lively they bounce off the page [and] wit so subtle that even the best jokes seem effortless.” (People

©2005 Adriana Trigiani (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

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I wanna be Italian!

I was really surprised by this one. The characters are funny and loveable. Lots of plot twists in this light hearted novel about a warm, wonderful family and not a single wise guy in the bunch. Great character development pushes the story along. I used to be a decorator and I used to live in New Jersey and that is the only reason I bought it but it far exceeded my expectations. I will see if any more of her novels are on audio. My only criticism is that since the novel took place in 1970 and there were several young men in the family, why weren't any of them worried about the draft? Other than naming a baby "Moonstone," there weren't too many references to the time period. A few changes and it could have taken place in the present day. Perhaps the author felt that in the present day, the families are not as tight.

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Delightful listening experience

Bartolomeo deCrespi - New Jersey interior decorator, devoted brother and uncle, Italian-American, devout Catholic - dreams of restoring his beloved church, Our Lady of Fatima. The narration by Stephen Hoye was perfect in conveying the heart and soul of this man, his family, and his community. The depiction of religious faith was appealing without being either contentious or evangelical - unusual in today's opinionated culture. Light-hearted entertainment at its best.

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I’m begging for a sequel!

One of the funniest books ever, I laughed out loud throughout. Trigiani left me wanting more, and wondering what B is up to now. How is Two doing? What is the hilarious Toot like once she becomes a grandmother? What about Capri and Aurelia?

Stephen Hoye captures the essence of each wonderful character. I found myself longing to read it again and again. I’m begging for a sequel!

I an hooked and am now a Trigiani fan, I’m a Rococo fan!

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Who knew nice could be so amazing?

What did you love best about Rococo?

The narrator Stephen Hoye and his joyous New Jersey accent. The main character Bartolomeo di Crespi and his care for his family and friends and his passion for fabulous fabrics. The fact that this book is not something I would ever have normally picked up (I needed a New Jersey-set book for a reading challenge and my usual reading fare is crime fiction and historical nonfiction about such things as devastating hurricanes, horrifying treks through the Amazon, awful real people committing crimes) but I completely, unabashedly loved this non-cynical narrative about a really nice guy (and professional interior designer) who just wants to redecorate his boyhood church.

What did you like best about this story?

Somehow, a sweet story about nice people is not annoying, aggravating, mindless, boring. It is fresh, fun, and happy-making.

What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

Hoye is the perfect choice for this story. His New Jersey-accented narration obviously fits the story perfectly, but just like the story itself, it radiates sincerity.

Who was the most memorable character of Rococo and why?

Bartolomeo di Crespi. He's the main character and someone I'd just love to be friends with --- and go shopping with to find great stuff for my house.

Any additional comments?

As someone who usually reads violent, disturbing, and riveting fiction and nonfiction, I am surprised I enjoyed this so wholeheartedly and would recommend it to any other open-minded cynic.

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Great Change

Most of Trigiani's books have a strong woman as the central character, so this was a bit of a change. But it was a good change. This did not diminish her ability to catch my interest and keep it throughout the book. I was a little dissappointed by the ending, but it is still a wonderful listen.

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Wonderful! Great entertainment

This was a very well written book. I stayed interested and laughed often. Would highly recommend.

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A book to keep you company

This book has no actual plot, so don't read it expecting one. It is charming though, and entertaining, with observations on family and community life. Recipes and descriptions of furnishing are scattered throughout as you follow the saga of the church renovation and the lives that surround it. If you want a little warmth and comfort in your life at the moment, you will find this a companionable read. If you want tension, self-discovery, murder or mystery, then perhaps wait on this one until you are ready for it.

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Great Performance of this Hysterical Italian Novella!

I am from a big Italian Family and so get all the references and just laugh out loud! I mean really loud. At least people stay away from me when I’m walking and listening. I adore the Character of B and his passion of decorating... Adriana you always nail the subject you weave in your stories. The visions that you paint in the readers mind are spectacular. Steven Hoyle just sends over the Top for me. His accent and cadence - just whoa. This is my favorite of the all books I’ve listened to of this Author - Brava Adriana!

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Wonderful!

Hated to see it end, great narrator and greay story. One if my favorite listens.

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One of the funniest you will ever read

I absolutely loved this book, the reader and the story. I couldn’t stop listening to it.