Extended Audio Sample

Download The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel Audiobook, by Elle Newmark Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elle Newmark Narrator: Raúl Esparza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9780743578059
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Elle Newmark's richly seductive prose brings to life the color and scandal of fifteenth-century Venice. Through Luciano, a street urchin apprenticed to a great chef in the palace of the doge, Newmark tells a wicked tale of political and papal intrigue. In Venice where every whisper is a secret or a lie, Luciano's initiation into the chef's spicy world makes for deliciously suspenseful listening.

The Book of Unholy Mischief is more than terrific historical drama; its a love story, an investigation into ancient religious secrets that haunt us today, and its a story of intrigue replete with pulse-pounding chase scenes, murderous assassins, torture chambers and conniving, desperate characters. It's beautifully written, authentically detailed, and fiendishly well plotted. Listeners will want their friends to read or listen to it so they can talk about it over dinner in their favorite Italian restaurant.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_001706

Quotes & Awards

  • “What Newmark does bring to the novel…is a richness of atmosphere…It’s clear that her interest lies more in place than chase, and there are some wonderful set pieces that bring the city sparklingly to life…So The Book of Unholy Mischief turns out to be an unexpected hybrid, a highly flavored and faintly preposterous romp that is also a meditation on food, ideas and the importance of keeping hold of the principles of free thought in a world oppressed by censorship.” 

    New York Times

  • “Newmark does a fine job of building suspense and keeping the novel barreling along, and her knowledge of and affection for fifteenth-century Venice adds charm to this nicely told adventure yarn.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Raúl Esparza gives a thoroughly engrossing performance, understated and subtle, with nuance to spare, in Elle Newmark’s fantastical exploration of life in Venice at the end of the fifteenth century…Esparza’s narration enhances Newmark’s lavish, mouth-watering descriptions of food, and with slight vocal shifts and just the suggestion of Italian accents, he adds mystery and romance, highlighting court intrigues, the odors and aromas of Venice, and Newmark’s many quirky characters. Especially recommended for listeners who aren’t dieting.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Newmark uses great historical detail and marvelous descriptions of food to make this debut historical novel come alive. Recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the January 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/30/2014

    " I read this a while back. It was not my cup of tea, but the writing was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this epic tale, despite its wandering down some paths already traveled. The food writing was inspirational, the characters well-developed, the history interesting. A good insight into what life was like in 14th century Italy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nivasilyev | 1/19/2014

    " set in Italy, this book is C+ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Silk | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting composition of orphan taken in by cook who holds secret recipes as part of Gospels. I loved the intersection of all of the elements into a workable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mya Zwicky | 1/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and I enjoyed the descriptions of the various dishes, tastes and textures (although I had to google some of them :)). Didn't quite agree with/enjoy the Gnostic influences, but I decided towards the ends that this was more a tool the author employed to create the story rather than her own opinion. Would try read her again :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharron | 1/3/2014

    " I found this book very slow going and not really everything it promised to be. I expected much more mystery and action, it was in fact very predictable saved only by the intriguing receipes and the description of Venice during the period. It was an average read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/20/2013

    " Venice,Italy, food and mystery set in the year 1498 on the eve of the Renaissance make for a great yarn. The audio is very well done, and proceeds building up the pace and the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selene | 12/16/2013

    " This was great! The story of a poor boy taken in by a medieval chef, it rolled Long with intriguing characters and a plot about a magical book, which uses recipes as secrets. A really enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleionomae | 8/19/2013

    " Leuk boek, dat makkelijk wegleest. Heerlijk vakantie voer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bari | 6/11/2013

    " Couldn't put it down. Had my sister read it out loud to me on a road trip to Boston! I was driving and couldn't wait the 3 hours before I could pick it up again. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louis Moresi | 5/14/2012

    " Another book based around cooking, yet missing the real engagement with the time (Venice, late 15th Century), and the kitchen. Not a bad read by any means, and quite amusing concepts but only a couple of stars from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ehbooklover | 3/27/2012

    " Not at all what I was expecting but I hung in there and am glad that I did. Wonderful descriptions of life in 15th century Venice. Discusses the art of cooking. My main beef with this book is that I found most of the characters unappealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Herbert Ho | 3/6/2012

    " This is why I read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/15/2011

    " A little slow getting started for me but on the whole I enjoyed this historical fiction account of Rennaisance Venice. It was interesting how the author tied the art of fine cooking into the plot which added a unique twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dinah | 10/15/2011

    " I was drawn by the name of the book, but it ended up to not really be anything about "Unholy Mischief". However I did enjoy the book more as I got into it. It made me want to see Venice. And I did enjoy the story of a secret group of Guaardians and their desire to spread knowledge however they can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/3/2011

    " This book is set in Venice in the 1400s and has an interesting premise, but is very anti-religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 4/18/2011

    " an easy read, and fun if you're into food and bashing mainstream religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 2/28/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Loved the Venice component, the cooking and some mishchief. The relationships are well developed and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/24/2011

    " Great read! Historical depth and accuracy is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ada | 1/13/2011

    " If you like a mystery, cooking, historical fiction of Renaissance Italy, you will like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/10/2011

    " It was interesting story, but think it will be forgotten soon. It took me a whole month to read, a little each night because I wasn't excited to pick it up. Has some interesting, and far reaching, ideas about religion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keely | 10/24/2010

    " At this point , I can't put it down "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 10/11/2010

    " Good, but not spectacular. Story of Venice (again) and secret ancient books (again) with the novel twist of the Chef for the Doge being the keeper of said book and a street urchin his apprentice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dzillich | 10/7/2010

    " I liked the basic story line but not much else "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Elle Newmarkborn Ellen Ferrero, is the acclaimed, award-winning author who finds inspiration for her books from her travels. She lives and works in the hills north of San Diego but grew up in her fathers Italian farming village and Chicago.

About the Narrator
Raúl Esparza starred on Broadway in The Homecoming, Company (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award), Taboo (Drama Desk Award), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Cabaret. On television he had a recurring role on the ABC series Pushing Daisies. His film credits include Sydney Lumet's FInd Me Guilty.