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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sally Gable, Carl I. Gable Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9781415926345
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In 1552, in the countryside outside Venice, the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio built Villa Cornaro. In 1989, Sally and Carl Gable became its bemused new owners. Called by Town & Country one of the ten most influential buildings in the world, the villa is the centerpiece of the Gables’ enchanting journey into the life of a place that transformed their own. From the villa’s history and its architectural pleasures, to the lives of its former inhabitants, to the charms of the little town that surrounds it, this loving account brings generosity, humor, and a sense of discovery to the story of small-town Italy and its larger national history.

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  • • ?;"Palladian Days lifts the notion of buying a summer house to dizzying and delightful new heights. Sally and Carl Gable's fascinating account reads like a fast-paced, marvelously satisfying adventure story. John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Sally Gable’s sincerity and humor never fail her as she tells of her quest to understand Italian life and history, and to restore Palladio’s villa to its full splendor. Kim Williams, author of The Villas of Palladio
  • Sally Gable lights up her story of acquiring a house in Italy with boldness and humor.  "House" hardly does justice to the structure, which is a villa by Palladio in the Veneto and one of Italy's prize pieces of its patrimony.  The Gables lavish upon it the attention and love it deserves, turning it into a home. At every turn, they ask "What would Palladio think?"  I'm sure he would be thrilled. Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nminnig | 11/12/2011

    " Boring book only read because a friend recommended it. Don't bother "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Norah | 9/24/2011

    " Didn't end up finishing it...got too bogged down in little details for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 9/20/2011

    " Great subject for a memoir. I wish it focused more on architecture though. I lost interest the farther I got into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Norah | 5/10/2010

    " Didn't end up finishing it...got too bogged down in little details for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/17/2008

    " Great subject for a memoir. I wish it focused more on architecture though. I lost interest the farther I got into it. "

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About the Author
Sally Gable, a church music director by training, has served on the boards of Radcliffe College, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and other educational and musical organizations. Carl I. Gable, a lawyer and businessman and the author of a book on Venetian glass, has served on the boards of the Spoleto Festival USA, the Atlanta Opera, the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, and the Center for Palladian Studies in America. They divide their time between Atlanta and Villa Cornaro in Italy.
About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.