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I wanted more character development in the story. The main characters never seemed to be fully flushed out, and the plot wasn't interesting enough on its own. The characters had a lot of potential, but that potential was never realized. Of course, maybe I felt this way because this was an abridged version.
Great "read". Wonderfully written story and great characters. Wish the unabridged version was available so I could have experienced the entire book...
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, but will admit I was not prepared for the ending to be so heavily focused on La Draga - I wanted to hear more about the life of Fiammetta. It left me wondering in the end who the father was of the baby girl...and a few other unanswered questions, but over all, the story was rich with detail.
Too bad this was abridged. There were some interesting characters, and I would liked to have seen how they were developed in the longer version. The book kept my interest....helped pass the time while I was driving to and from work.
I loved this book! Rich in detail and I loved the way it was read. All of the characters were interesting.
The historical references and the visuals that the story conjured in my mind were very good. I could just see the ancient city of Venice and loved the storyline. Well done.
I tried, I tell you, I tried. But, it was one of those "listens" where I was initially intrigued but then quickly repelled. I didn't make it past the first cd.
From the synopsis, it sounds like a wonderful book. But, the reader was so overly dramatic with his highly British accent that I just found it too annoying to continue past the first half hour. I wish they'd get people to simply read the books without attempting to infuse the story with overdone theatrics.
Like The Birth of Venus, this skillfully narrated book transported me to the magical time of the early Italian Renaissance. So often i found myself finishing chapters in parking lots or extending my lunch breaks just to get more of this fabulous read.
This book was very entertaining as well as a captivated insight into Renaissance Italy in the early 1500's. Throughly enjoyed the listen.
Sarah Dunant has written eight novels, including "The Birth of Venus" and three Hannah Wolfe novels -- "Birth Marks, Fatlands, " and "Under My Skin." She has worked widely in print, television, and radio. Now a full-time writer, she lives in London and Florence.