The Italian Girl

Narrated by: Eva Alexander
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (462 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rosanna Menici is just a girl when she meets Roberto Rossini, the man who will change her life. In the years to come, their destinies are bound together by their extraordinary talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other - a love that will ultimately affect the lives of those closest to them. For, as Rosanna slowly discovers, their unison is haunted by irreversible events from the past.

©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A tale of passion and betrayal from bestselling author, (Lucinda Riley)
"Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered" ( Grazia) on (The Girl on the Cliff)

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Captivating and endearing

I loved this story. At the end my tears spilled and I was so grateful to have spent time with the characters. Moving and reflective. To top it off the narrator was exceptional.



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  • py
  • 02-09-17

Emotional story

My favorite books are those that bring the characters to life so that you laugh with them and cry for them. That's what this book did for me. The narrator was also superb. I will certainly read more books from this author.

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What next?

Absolutely wonderful book once again from mrs Riley!
Writing is the form of art I admire the most , as it requires an imagination beyond average... and authors like her have my upmost respect.
My desperation comes from the act that I have just listened to all her books on audible and don't know what to read next... the narrator was also wonderful...

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Passionate

A beautifully woven story of love & passion in relationships as well as vocations. I listen to 2-4 books a week, so at least 100 a year. I only have one more Lucinda Riley book to read & will then have read or listened to all she's written to date. I've enjoyed them all. She has insight into relationships that give depth and authenticity to sometimes complex characterizations. Roberto is the one you love to hate, but he's just sympathetic enough to understand Rosanna's love for him. I think my favorite character was Luca though...loving & selfless was so happy for his HEA.

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Opera, Italians, NYC, and England

Another great listen by Lucinda Riley. The protagonist is delightful. I had hoped for a different ending. Eva Alexander is a very good narrator, but as a US Southerner her attempt at Texan accents was a D-. Thankfully the Texans were a very small part of the story. The little boy Luca’s voice was so sweet. I also enjoyed her interpretation of the female lead.

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Bad decisions, bad love

First the pros - this story is beautifully composed, and the narrator has a gorgous accent. I enjoyed learning a little about the world of opera, as well as some history of Italy. The author does not do a deep dive into research in either area, though, so it’s rather vague all around. The worst thing about this book is the bad decisions made again and again by anyone who comes into contact with Roberto. I eventually gave up caring very much about Rossana because she could not kick this man to the curb. Oy!

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Demeaning.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who believes that one must sacrifice love and marriage to be an excellent, loving and devoted mother. Someone who doesn't care that very smart men and women make truly idiotic and incomprehensible choices. Someone who isn't offended by a story which demeans humans by believing they make choices as foolish and negative as the choices made by these characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lucinda Riley again?

Yes. I've truly enjoyed "The Lavener Garden", "The Midnight Rose" and "The Orchid House". These works by Ms. Riley were outstanding and inspiring and excellent.

What three words best describe Eva Alexander’s performance?

Good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Ms. Riley's decision to have Rossana choose loneliness rather than the strength to make the relationship work, was so demeaning of a woman's ability to adapt and change priorities as needed and as necessary. Too degrade her choice to accompany her husband when it could have been that Nico had no more than a slight cold, was mean and wrong to the complexity of human relationships. Sometimes women/men need to choose their spouse and sometimes their children and sometimes the consequences are not anyone's "fault". Also hated Lucas decision not to return to England to look for Abbie after he made the choice to leave the church because she had not responded to his post cards? What was that??? Difficult to admire Abbie's patience. Also, Abbie's decision to hide the birth of her child from her best friend and the child's Aunt? So many stupid choices and decisions. And also, Roberto's failure to reveal his parentage to his child and to ask her to keep the truth from Rossana in order to avoid hurting her? This could have happened and would have made sense and would have given Ella the opportunity to know and love her father, in that capacity, before his death. I would never recommend this book. Really made me angry.

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Great read

Beautifully written, the author keeps you so engrossed in the story. Great read. I highly recommend this book, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I hate faux, phoney accents!

What would have made The Italian Girl better?

An actual interesting storyline, interesting characters, and a narrator who woesn't do a faux Italian accent. It sounds fake, and it is annoying to listen to.

What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

That there were no interesting characters or storyline whatsoever. I have enjoyed her other books, and were looking forward to reading this, but this doesn't come even halfway close to her other books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She had a horrible fake Italian accent whenever one of the characters in the book said something. I don't even know why narrators do this. Everyone can hear that they don't know the language they are trying to fake, and we know that the characters are from Italy. Wouldn't they speak Italin to each other then? Why the need for bad accents?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, I'm sorry but it didn't!

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Don’t Miss This One!!

A truly heartfelt and wonderful book by Lucinda Riley. Set in Italy and London the story moves through the lives of the Menici family and The principal character, Rosanna. Her Love of music and the opera weave through her life bringing joy, love and pain. I enjoyed all the characters and felt as if I was right there with them as they live their lives and went through many struggles and joys. Again Lucinda Riley brings us a wonderful novel and I keep thinking about all of the characters and the scenes and the atmosphere the book creates.

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  • Apts48
  • 08-09-14

Good book ruined by terrible accents in Narration

Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Eva Alexander?

This is a fun book, interesting story and well narrated when the narrator speak in her normal voice. However when she does these awful Italian accents one is so distracted that you lose touch with the story. I do not understand why this is necessary. When one reads all the wonderful swedish novels the narrators use their normal voices and no one tries to do fake Swedish accents. This should be the same!

My advice buy the book or kindle version and skip the audio version. A shame because the narrator is fine for English!

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  • Julie
  • 01-14-15

Stop with the forced accents, Audible

What disappointed you about The Italian Girl?

This story is set in Italy, written in the first person and read completely unnecessarily in a forced Italian accent. We do not need our books 'acted out' or interpreted or coloured in by the reader, Audible! And we especially do not need them acted/interpreted/coloured using an accent unnatural to the reader. We just need them to be read well in a way that allows us to connect with the author and her/his story. I couldn't bare to listen to enough of this to get any sense of the story at all and have returned it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lucinda Riley again?

Yes, provided it is read by a different reader.

How could the performance have been better?

No forced 'italian' accent, no over-emoting, just read in a way that does not get in the way of the story and the author.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-27-14

Good plot bad performance

Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Eva Alexander?

not one narrated by Eva Alexander

What did you like best about this story?

Didn't finish it because of the narration

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eva Alexander?

not sure

Was The Italian Girl worth the listening time?

no

Any additional comments?

I love most of Lucinda Riley's books but the narrator's appalling attempt at character variation, especially the poor Italian accent made this book a miserable experience

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  • Linmary
  • 08-19-14

Another wonderful listen

As always, I was sorry when this book came to an end. I have only been reading fiction for around 18 months and Lucinda Riley is by far my favourite author to-date.. Her stories are so compelling; the listener is drawn into the lives of the characters very quickly - the way the author weaves around the different time zones is brilliant - it's as if you step into the story right away - I noted the original story here was written under the author's earlier pen name and updated ...........please, please Lucinda hurry up and update your earlier books; I am now bereft as I am at the point where I have listened to all your books currently available via audio! Cannot wait to see another appear in the list. I highly recommend this author. I mustn't forget the narrator here - Eva Alexander - who was brilliant and made it all come alive.

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  • boosmummy
  • 08-18-14

A compelling story

Where does The Italian Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is definitely one of the best of this genre I've heard, totally compelling and I hated turning it off.

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I loved this story, the narrator drew me in with her voice and I found myself listening to it long after I meant to turn off to do something else. The characters were well written and I felt empathy for the main character Rosanna although I did get annoyed with her at times which shows how much I got into the story.

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  • Ange Simpson
  • 05-20-20

Read the book before

I have read the book but had forgotten how it ended. Enjoyed all aspects, many people have mentioned the narrator, personally I liked her voice, it's an individual thing in my opinion. Story was written and read well, I enjoyed and finished in 3 days. Better than any TV available right now. If you like the sample you'll love the book, that simple.

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  • Brightlight
  • 02-24-19

This has everything !

So well read . It makes all the difference you can understand the pace and setting of the story . It was like a game badminton . Bach and forth with the drama ! And little sprinkles of happiness every now and then and some hard moments of their life’s too . Very fast moving plots that sopped you being bored a real whirl wind of romance drama and at one point I cried . You’ll find out if it moves you to tears when you read it . I got to know the characters so well because of the narrator working so well with a well written book . II couldn’t wait to be alone to listen to the next excerpt . !t was Just what I needed. My family will think I’m having an affair as I’ve ditched them at every opportunity to get my fix . I haven’t watched tv the whole time and I feel like I’ve been living with Italian family relatives . Might not be for everyone cup of tea but I’m giving it 5 stars as it ticked every box .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-18

Italian Girl

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story of love and loss! Beautifully read by Eva Alexander.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-18

brilliant story

I enjoyed this story loads - like many of Lucinda Riley's novels this really took me to another world. I liked the characters and the fact that they make mistakes in life. The story has many stages to it which takes you on a journey which continued to be interesting and enjoyable. I cried at the end. I liked the reader very much, she put a lot of character and expression into the performance. definitely worth a listen!

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  • MR S.
  • 06-25-20

Loved it. Wonderful story, so well told.

A wonderful story, told really well. I loved every minute of it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-20

Just Lovely

Rosanna was lost from the start. Roberto was a self absorbed prick who never wondered how his behaviour affected anyone. When he found out the extent of his poor life choices it was too late Luca was a beautiful soul. His care of his sisters was a blessing to them in their patriarchal society. I enjoy Lucinda Riley’s books and this one especially. Eva Alexander’s reading was easy to listen too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-20

beautiful love story

Beautiful characters with poignant stories. once again Lucinda Riley captured my imagination as she wrote

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-19

Horrible Narration

the Narrator is so hard to listen too, the italian accent is woeful and way too over dramatised

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  • Elizabeth
  • 07-12-19

Superb

Just loved this nook. An intriguing story with a fascinating insight into the world of Opera. and history o f Art and oh so much more. From Milan to the Cotswalds I loved it all. Highly recommended

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  • Vikki
  • 07-28-16

Enjoyable, easy to listen too

Pleasant voices, quite a good little story with some decent character development.
A good story to relax with before heading off to sleep.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-21-16

enjoyed

the narrator was good, the storyline was mostly what i was expecting but was hoping would go in a different direction, an enjoyable read.