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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105,402 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of terrorists breaks in and takes the entire party hostage.

But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patchett doing what she does best—What gives this novel its power is Patchett’s flair for sketching the subtleties of her characters’ behavior.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Elegantly alluring…A novel that begins with a kiss and absolutely deserves one.” 

    New York Times

  • “The most romantic novel in years. A strange, terrific, spellcasting story.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Patchett’s tragicomic novel—a fantasia of guns and Puccini and Red Cross negotiations—invokes the glorious, unreliable promises of art, politics, and love.” 

    New Yorker

  • Bel Canto invites readers to explore new and unfamiliar territory, to take some emotional risks rather than stand with Rolland among those already saved.’”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Bel Canto moves elegantly through its paces, captors and captivates alike stumble on that most elusive liberty: the freedom to be.” 

    New York Daily News

  • Winner of the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • An Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2003 Book Sense Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction
  • A 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Fareesh | 2/13/2014

    " I could read this book a million times. I love the character development, the uniqueness of the story and the beautiful writing. This is absolutely one of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nina | 2/9/2014

    " shifting perspective adds to pathos. stays with you long after read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie Boggs | 2/8/2014

    " This is a story that continues to stay with me, despite having finished it a good eighteen months ago. The slow building of the plots, with the conclusion becoming more inevitable and yet more painful with the turning of each page; the strongly built characters with their individual voices that resonate long after the book is closed; the music that echoes throughout the chapters all combine to make it a masterful creation. I find myself thinking back to specific nights in the vice president's home as if they were my own memories, wondering how and when the tide could have been turned and the outcome changed. I listened to it on CD, which lent a great deal to its reality for me. The different languages and accents came alive in a way that they might not have had I met them on the printed page. Listening to it also forced me to appreciate the beauty of the language without allowing me to feverishly read for plot. I would recommend it without reservation to any lover of literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 1/31/2014

    " I found the book to be entertaining. It was hard to get into and I thought the story was slow with few exciting moments. "

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