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The Supreme Macaroni Company

A Novel
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Series: Valentine Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (268 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past...and a secret.

But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." Now, the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves - the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate.

©2013 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Deanna
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • 06-09-14

Dissapointing

I could not tell if it was the Narrator or the Storyline-both fell short. I ordinary love both this Narrator and this Author but this book was flat. A predictable and disappointing story.

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Don't bother

There is no depth to the plot line and the atrocious accents used by the reader were absurd and insulting to Italians and New Yorkers. This book was a complete waste and very disappointing.

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Where is Valentine?

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

I love this character, but the storyline goes south quickly by the remaining 1/4 of the book. Valentine seems selfish throughout and I wished the reader could have seen a different outcome for her. Unfortunately, the ending was horribly sad and made me sad to see the character and storyline of her arch so drastically.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. Good all around.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Supreme Macaroni Company?

None.

Any additional comments?

No.

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  • Debra
  • WEST SALEM, WI, United States
  • 01-10-14

Adriana Trigiani doesn't disappoint!

Following the story of Valentina feels like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen in a long time. She weaves the characters into the story line so that if you haven't read her previous books you still understand the relationships of the characters. You fall in love with all of them in their own ways and live their struggles and happiness along with them. When something happens to one of the characters you feel their emotions along with them. The narrator is excellent. After listening for awhile you know which character is speaking just by her voice. Great selection. Did not want it to end. I hope there will be another Valentina story!

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Loved it

Sorry that this is the final book in the Valentine series. Trigiani's story wraps things up (to a point) and left me hoping that someday another book would join the series. I'm going to miss these characters!
Cassandra Campbell's narration is wonderful - glad I decided to listen. Just a heads up: have some tissues nearby.

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Disappointing

This book fell flat for me. Perhaps that is due to a strained storyline or lack of effort by the author. Too much time spent recalling past events. Erratic character development. I would skip this one.

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Scattered and maudlin.

The first book in this series was good - the story flowed, the character made sense and the narrator fit the story. The second book, however, began the ramble and the story got loose, wordy, somewhat nonsensical.

This book, the third in the series, was about 25% as good as the first one. It's difficult not to give the book away without being too specific. From the start, the main characters seemed to be on the wrong course. The relationships didn't have a good basis and became less logical as the book progressed. Finally, the "sad" ending referred to in other reviews was more "depressing" (for about the last 1/4 of the book) than anything else.

The narrator made the book even more depressing. Lines that were supposed to be funny just came off as weakly ironic. Parts that were supposed to be happy deteriorated to draggy, even sad.

I only listened to the book because I was outside gardening for most of it and was too lazy to find something else.

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  • Linda
  • Connecticut, USA
  • 12-31-18

My heart breaks

What can I say except this book made me cry, but my broken heart is because it’s over. What a gift to have this wonderful work of art to read. I recommend starting at the first book, Very Valentine, then continue onto the second, Brava, Valentine. The richness of all your senses will be engaged on every page as only Trigiani can. Each character is alive and vibrant and true. Right now I’m experiencing a sensory overload and I feel too close to these books to do the review justice. Loved the audio, Cassandra Campbell was just wonderful! 😍

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Main Character Has Turned Completely Self Centered

I have really liked this whole series until now. When it got to this book; however​I began to hate the main character. I began to question how any person could be so self centered and so linear in thinking. I can't even get to the end of the book and that says slot since I can't stand not to finish things.

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Great Listen!

I am sorry to see this Trilogy end. I feel like I know these people and could walk into the feast of the 7 fishes and no one would mind. Will Val ever marry Brett??