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3.00061330880098 out of 53.00061330880098 out of 53.00061330880098 out of 53.00061330880098 out of 53.00061330880098 out of 5 3.00 (3,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Mario Cantone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780739319420
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New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her humor, warmth, and captivating storytelling in the Big Stone Gap trilogy and Lucia, takes on love, lust, tricky family dynamics, and home decorating in Rococo, the uproarious tale of a small Italian American town poised for a makeover it never expected.

Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job.

From the dazzling shores of New Jersey to the legendary fabric houses of New York City, from the prickly purveyors of fine art in London to luscious Santa Margherita on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, Bartolomeo is on a mission to bring talent, sophistication, and his aesthetic vision to his hometown.

Trigiani’s glittering mosaic of small-town characters sparkles: Bartolomeo’s hilarious sister, Toot, is in desperate need of a post-divorce transformation—thirteen years after the fact; “The Benefactor,” Aurelia Mandelbaum, the richest woman in New Jersey, has a lust for French interiors and a long-held hope that Bartolomeo will marry her myopic daughter, Capri; Father Porporino, the pastor with a secret, does his best to keep a lid on a simmering scandal; and Eydie Von Gunne, the chic international designer, steps in and changes the course of Bartolomeo’s creative life, while his confidante, cousin Christina Menecola, awaits rescue from an inconsolable grief.

Plaster of Paris, polished marble, and unbridled testosterone arrive in buckets when Bartolomeo recruits Rufus McSherry, a strapping, handsome artist, and Pedro Allercon, a stained-glass artisan, to work with him on the church’s interior. Together, the three of them will do more than blow the dust off the old Fatima frescoes—they will turn the town upside down, challenge the faithful, and restore hope where there once was none.

Brilliantly funny and as fanciful as flocked wallpaper, filled with glamorous locales from New Jersey to Europe, from Sunday Mass to the American Society of Interior Designers soirée at the Plaza Hotel, Rococo is Trigiani’s masterpiece, a classic comedy with a heart of gold leaf.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Egan | 2/13/2014

    " The Italian customs in this book reminded me a lot about my family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirian | 2/13/2014

    " At the beginning I found very difficult to keep up with the decoration details, and I thought this was going to be a very boring book. How wrong of me. It's one of the best books I've read this year. The interaction in this Italian family is so , how can I put it, Italian! I feel like I'm seeing my own family in the book. The conversation between brother and sister is hilarious . Adriana Trigiani never disappoints me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rina | 2/11/2014

    " My mind's flickering with chintz, drapery,fresco, mural, stained glass and painting while my soul filled with Italian family culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Arena | 2/3/2014

    " although I enjoy her style of writng, I found this book cute but boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Sometomato | 1/27/2014

    " Lots of fun - especially for someone who has spent a lot of time in New Jersey or in the field of art or design - or who has a big Italian-American family! The narrator on my recorded book really had the accent down pat, and I was tempted to revert to the speech patterns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Svenson | 1/23/2014

    " Worth reading, but my least favorite from Adriana Trigiani. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 1/19/2014

    " It was good, but I liked her newer books better. The main character, "B" just seemed so angry all the time. I did try the recipe for Our Lady of (Drown Your) Sorrows Cake with Heavenly Frosting and that was fabulous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loretta | 1/16/2014

    " I love Trigliani's characters, and while this one is not one of her best attempts; it is a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alia | 1/12/2014

    " This book did very little for me . . . it was kind of cheesy, almost stereotypical in its depictions of the characters, and there really wasn't much point to the story. Definitely not something I'd recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PrivateLibrary | 1/3/2014

    " Her books are entertaining but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 12/23/2013

    " one of my favorites by adriana trigiani - funny and touching, easy to listen to and get caught up in "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/7/2013

    " I loved Mario Cantone's reading of this! He did an amazing job bringing a sweet story to life. It's about a decorator in a huge Italian family whose dream is to revamp the church he grew up in. The relationships between the family members are warm and believable and very funny. It's a great listen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giulia Fiora | 11/24/2013

    " Not my favorite book by her. But still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 11/3/2013

    " just plain fun. i wish i had copied some of the receipies before i returned the book to the library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 11/1/2013

    " This book is written by a woman from the point of view of a man, and though he is heterosexual, I get the feeling through the entire book that he is a completel fruitcake. Annoying to read for this one simple fact. A sure avoidance. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shirley | 10/9/2013

    " I haven't checked but this must have been one of the first books for this author. I found this book rather frivolous, difficult to become interested in, and so I really didn't finish it. Would be interested to know the opinion of others who did finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frann | 9/13/2013

    " I was not impressed with this one but I like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naj Lee | 6/4/2013

    " Boring. It made me stop reading books by Adriana Trigiani. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 5/27/2013

    " No way to compare, but I'm glad I listened to the audio book version. Written from the male perspective, it was good to hear it in a male voice. Entertaining. Some good "messages" about family and love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 3/29/2013

    " Very disappointed in this book. I usually like her books and find them entertaining but this one was quite boring and didn't have much conflict/plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/20/2013

    " Very slow at first, but after a while amusing. Set is Freehold , NJ telling thefamily life of an italian Interior Decorator. Cute , after all.Sending to Uppi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/12/2012

    " Book was okay. I didn't get that the main character was a man until a few chapters in...and I was well over half-way through when I realized it was set in 1970 not current time. I think I may have enjoyed it more had I knew these important pieces earlier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 12/12/2012

    " My first experience with Trigiani and it was a delightful one! I felt as if she were explaining my Italian-American upbringing. Many "lol" moments in this piece of literature. Still chick lit but has a lot of soul! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 11/6/2012

    " This was the best "easy read" audio book I've ever listened too, Mario Cantone (as narrator) was amazing- his depiction of different characters and voices was hilarious, I laughed throughout this entertaining and vivid tale, which I didn't want to end. I found myself missing the characters (especially Bartolomeo) when the book was over....so I keep popping the CD in from time to time to hear it again. I will never sell or get rid of my audio version, I have listened to it 5 times now- it makes a long car ride fly by. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annette | 9/28/2012

    " Could have been fun but just didn't care about the characters - very shallow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 7/2/2012

    " Entertaining and hilarious. Especially recommended for fellow Catholic-raised Italians...Trigiani has us pegged. Great character and environment descriptions; made me want to visit the town and its people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/3/2012

    " I liked this story of a decorator redoing a church in New Jersey. It's not as good as her later books, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/17/2012

    " A light and fun read. I listened on CD and the narrator was perfect. The main character is so likable and his experiences very true and touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/28/2011

    " This is a Southern author and her Big Stone Gap books were great. This book is a little different, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary A. | 12/19/2011

    " The passion of an Italian family in NJ in the 1970. A gentle Housewives of NJ. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenni | 10/28/2011

    " This was such a strange book. I love all of Adriana Trigiani's books, but I don't know what happened with this one. Story of an Italian interior decorator, his family & New Jersey community in the 1970's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elissa | 9/17/2011

    " I actually stopped reading this in the middle. I generally don't do that with books, but I was really bored! Not up to her usual standard. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Giselle | 8/24/2011

    " I read some of it but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 6/22/2011

    " I rated this a two because I don't ever remember reading anything less than a three! Loved Trigiani's other books, but this one I wasted my money on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 5/29/2011

    " Cute book but as I got into it I realized it's set in 1970, which brought back some memories! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donnaelrick | 5/5/2011

    " This book was too catholic for me. I love her other books though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/22/2011

    " Not nearly as good as Lucia, Lucia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 4/10/2011

    " B. is an interior decorator and the bachelor of the family. Recipes in the story, Italian family and all kinds of conflict, romance, and chaos. Good story. Enjoy this author! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/14/2011

    " Worth reading, but my least favorite from Adriana Trigiani. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/13/2011

    " amusing quick read with an unfortunately speedy conclusion. like Janet Evanovich with an interior designer: Jersey, Italian, outrageous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/11/2011

    " Really like it - this was an easy, fun book with lots of fabric and colors (literally.) Just what I hoped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/2/2011

    " Eh. Nice little story, but I was not too impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 2/1/2011

    " I was in need of an audiobook to listen to, randomly chose this off the shelf, and struck gold. Both funny and heartwarming. An enjoyable listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ada | 1/21/2011

    " I just love Adriana Trigiani, cannot get enough of her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 11/27/2010

    " I nice quick escape to another place. "

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About the Author
Author Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she also wrote the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.