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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (982 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carey Wallace Narrator: Aasne Vigesa Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. But nobody believes her: neither her parents, nor her fiancé, the town’s most sought-after bachelor. Only her friend Turri, the eccentric local inventor, understands. But as darkness erases her world, Carolina discovers one place she can still see — in her dreams. In them, she can not only see, but fly, exploring new worlds in her own mind. Losing her sight isolates Carolina. Even writing letters with pen and ink proves almost impossible — until Turri invents a new machine: the world’s first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both of their lives forever. Based on the true story of the blind woman who inspired the invention of the typewriter, The Blind Contessa’s New Machine is an iridescent jewel of a novel that celebrates the triumph of the imagination and proves that love is the mother of invention. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Wallace has a smooth style and a sure hand in combining near tragedy with whimsy, whether she’s detailing Carolina and Pietro’s social circle, the state of scientific knowledge, or the progression of Carolina’s blindness. Secondary characters, including Carolina’s not-so loyal servant girl, Liza, are sketched with hints of a darker, deeper psychology. Despite its relative brevity, this is a work of surprising insight, humor, and heart.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the July 2010 Indie Next List
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberly | 2/18/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book....until the end. Worst ending ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn B. | 1/29/2014

    " I love a love story . This delightful little book is full of descriptions allowing you to enter into Carolina's world of blindness and privy to her love affair with Turri, the inventor of the typewriter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " Amazing little book. Wonderful writing and a moving story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy T | 1/23/2014

    " I found this book to be sad and interesting at the same time. I like how it held a slight mystery feeling throughout the book. "

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