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About the Creator

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and The Editor, named by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2019. Rowley’s fiction has been published in twenty languages. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Palm Springs.

About the Performer

As a distinguished and decorated performer, Neil Patrick Harris constantly defies the limits of the creative arts by using his chameleon-like approach to every role he undertakes. Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner. He has hosted and produced the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Tony Awards, and hosted the 2015 Academy Awards. Named an Entertainment Weekly 2008 Entertainer of the Year, he appeared on Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List. Harris’s starring role in the hit CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother garnered multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, two People’s Choice Awards, and a Critics’ Choice Award. Additional television credits include Doogie Howser, M.D., American Horror Story, Glee, Sesame Street, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Harris starred in the films Gone Girl, The Best and the Brightest, numerous Harold & Kumar titles, Starship Troopers, and many more.
A veteran of the theatre, Harris originated the titular role in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony, Drama League, and Drama Desk Awards). His additional theatrical credits include productions at Studio 54, New York Philharmonic, Old Globe Theater, Atlantic Theater Co., and many more. Behind the curtain, Harris directed Hollywood Bowl's staging of Rent; directed works at Ediburgh Fringe Festival, Broad Stage Theater, and more; and produced Off-Broadways’s In & Of Itself, directed by Frank Oz. On the web, Neil starred in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning musical miniseries Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Prop 8: The Musical, and Neil’s Puppet Dreams, which he also executive produced. Harris’s first book, Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, released in 2014. He has since authored a New York Times best selling middle grade fiction series, The Magic Misfits. Harris’s numerous voiceover credits include Adventure Time, The Penguins of Madagascar, Family Guy, Spider-Man, and many more.
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Paul is every man and every woman. He is HUMAN

Though LGBT voice isn't my usual choice of genre as I sometimes find the narrator protagonist unrelatable to my world, Venice and NPH were irresistible even to the resistant! I'd have given it a solid 5 except for the mispronunciation of Italian words. When Paul did it I thought it was an intentional device but when the Venezians (not venetians) started mispronouncing words I got distracted thinking "seriously!?! You write about Venice and include it in the title then fail to consult an Italian speaker on pronunciation of simple words such as "chiesa"?" (hard k folks, not ch like our church). I felt badly for the author who truly knows and captures the mood of Venice and his work gets a subtle notch by someone editing in production. Ok. So I suppose you can see why I see Paul in me and in everyone. Bravo to Rowley!

I almost gave him a 5 anyway because his capture of the dogs in Venice and other Italian cities. Tourists homesick for their fur babies at home coo over the manifest dogs abroad and they look over their shoulders with a distinctly French disdain. "Ugghh- Americani!" And trot off. Brilliant short story. The case for truth in anthropomorphism! What a fin listen. (If this gets reproduced as a 25th anniversary edition please please fix the mispronounced words).

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NPH killed it ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Charming story that was perfectly delivered by NPH. Loved it and highly recommend. Thank you!

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nothing new here! don't bother

has an interesting start but quickly turns into a story about a pickup on vacation. dogs really don't have much to do with anything except as props

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Excellent

I loved this story, the performance of it was spot on! I usually don’t listen to short stories but I’m so glad I chose this one!

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An affecting read

An affecting read enhanced greatly by the performance of Neil Patrick Harris. This short listen has a great sense of place and evokes deep emotions.

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I love Venice !

And I loved this lovely and poignant story... read beautifully by NPH ... more please!
Thank you!

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About as Italian as Little Caesars

Neil Patrick Harris's voice is wasted. The growth of Paul is non-existent. Won't read again.

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I only wish the story was longer!

I adore Neil Patrick Harris, so naturally upon seeing his name as the narrator, I instantly downloaded this book! I wasn't disappointed! If you want a heart warming short read, listen to this!

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Love it!

Neil Patrick Harris should read all of my books for me! I love the way he “acts” out the story. He gives the words so much life! As for the story itself: fantastic! From start to finish it had everything in such a short time.

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Time alone well spent

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What to expect, having been to Venice and recently losing my dog to old age I tried for some duel nostalgia. I got that and so much more from this book. It’s a good look into being comfortable with yourself. Performance was excellent felt like a 20 min listen
Well spent lunchtime . Thank you !

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Charming ‘picking up the pieces’ short story!

Hurting from the dissolution of his marriage to the oafish Darren, Paul travels to Venice where he looks for inspiration and meaning to heal the heartache. While there, he forms a special affinity with one of the Venetian street dogs. If you’ve never loved and lost, it might be hard to relate to Paul’s confusion and his grasping at straws of comfort as he wallows in rejection. A good short story reveals a thin but rich ‘slice of life’ and this one does just that. I liked that there were no easy answers, that the epiphanies were tarnished rather than neat, that there was a hopeful shift not a quick resolution. I also loved how well Steven Rowley’s descriptions captured the city of Venice and the Italian attitudes to life, love, and food. Superb audio narration by Neil Patrick Harris was the obvious drawcard but I would have enjoyed this anyway.