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Siracusa

Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (450 ratings)

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An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from best-selling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from each other are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine - Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. "From the beginning," says Taylor, "it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together." In Rashomon style, with alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, 10 years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none can see coming.

Cast of narrators:

Lizzie read by Talia Balsam
Taylor read by Katie Finneran
Finn read by Darren Goldstein
Michael read by John Slattery

©2016 Delia Ephron (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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ENORME!!!!

Siracusa by Delia Ephron is different from her other works, which might put some of her fans off kilter. I applaud the author in this endeavor to take a plunge and coming up with a work that is so clever and fresh. I encourage you to not allow yourself to read a book report type review for fear of glimpsing one revelation before it’s time.

Everything I normally dislike in a novel, this novel possessed. Yet showed me how to, not only to like it and embrace it, but love it. Such as - I generally dislike switching different narrators/characters each chapter. In this book, before long, I was begging for a switch for I needed to hear the other side of the story. It starts in the manner where the reader feels like they came into the middle of the story and it takes work to understand the relationships of the characters. Keep with it – it’s so worth the effort. There are just a handful of two of characters throughout so once you got everyone in their place – you know all their little ticks…well, you think you do.

For me the epilogue ending was the cherry on this cheeky sundae. It’s kept me thinking long after the last page was turned.

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Glad I'm Not Friends with These People

Where does Siracusa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20.

What other book might you compare Siracusa to and why?

Most of Diane Chamberlaine's books. Lots of grown ups acting badly and giving in to impulses and then trying not to get caught.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure but she was a very good narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a credit!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Worth sticking with it

First of all, how fun to have two real life celebrity couples narrate the book! I enjoyed the story and trying to figure out who I hated most. The reveal took a while, but it was worth it. Fun read.

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I didn't like a single character

Hard to hang with a book when you find everyone repugnant. Everyone was snarky and secretly upset with each other, so immature. Yuck.

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WHOA... Now this is some weird $h*t !!

The only reason I'm giving this creepy, and hard to follow story a 3 , is because it held my interest all the way through! What an unlikable cast of characters... I read where another reviewer said she was glad she didn't know these people, and I whole heartedly agree ! Also, I can't decide if the narrator who reads the part of Taylor is awful, or if it was just the character. I can't really recommend this weird book, but I have to admit that it was never boring

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Perfect Audible Choice!

This was exactly the type of book I prefer lisrening to. The author's chapters alternated points of view among 4 main characters. It was hard at first to remember who was who, but once I got that figured out I could settle back & enjoy the sophisticated, snarky, often hilarious thoughts these 4 people had. I loved this book!

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Fabulous Performance!

A great pleasure to listen to. Acting is wonderful. Delia Ephron is great to hear aloud.

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Disappointing read.

This cast of damaged yet uninteresting characters were a bore in spite of their travel adventures - all behaving selfish and compulsive on this hopeless journey. Nothing lovely here, just pages full of the meandering and often vulgar lives headed off the edge of the cliffs ahead.

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Interesting characters

Liked the book. Easy listening. Would like some loose ends tied up. A little bigger than life.

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Pretty good.

Book was not bad. Kinda predictable but I wasn't sure if I'd be thrown a curveball at the end so it kept me interested. Easy listen.

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