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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elle Newmark Narrator: Raúl Esparza Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a world of violence and intrigue, who guards the truth?

It is 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, and Venice teems with rumors about an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power. It is an alchemist's dream, with recipes for gold, immortality, and undying love. But while those who seek the book will stop at nothing to get it, those who know will die to protect it.

As a storm of intrigue and desire circles the republic that grew from the sea, Luciano, a penniless orphan with a quick wit and an even faster hand, is plucked up by an illustrious chef and hired, for reasons he cannot yet begin to understand, as an apprentice in the palace kitchen. There, in the lavish home of the most powerful man in Venice, he is initiated into the chef's rich and aromatic world, with all its seductive ingredients and secrets. It is not long before Luciano is caught up in the madness. After he witnesses a shocking murder in the Palace dining room, he realizes that nothing is as it seems and that no one can be trusted. Armed with a precocious mind and an insatiable curiosity, Luciano embarks on a perilous journey to uncover the truth. What he discovers will swing open the shutters of his mind, inflame his deepest desires, and leave an indelible mark on his soul.

Rich with the luxurious colors and textures of Venice, The Book of Unholy Mischief delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy. A luminous and seductive novel, it is, at its heart, a high-spirited tribute to the fruits of knowledge and the extraordinary power of those who hold its key. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping listening, thanks to Raúl Espara’s many-faceted performance. Don’t listen on an empty stomach: the recipes are mouth-watering.” 

    Times (London)

  • “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.” 


  • 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 by Newengland | 2/20/2014

    " Not much in the way of characterization, plot, or description. You fight the good fight, but when you're on p. 120 and still fighting with the rear guard, it's time to retreat and regroup with a new book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Swanbender2001 | 2/12/2014

    " I highly recommend this book. The storyline was interesting and I was excited to get back to find out what was going on in the lives of the characters in Venice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 2/11/2014

    " You have to listen to the recorded version of the book - the guy does all the foreign accents and brings all these characters to life! I was so drawn into the story because the writing made everything so vivid to me. The book describes the senses - the taste of cheesecake, the aromas of the Rialto, the sight of a beautiful girl, the feel of a warm, purring cat. Beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie Corder | 2/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! I could have done without so many Italian interjections and the occasional rambling but I LOVED the story and all the characters and the especially the food. I could see myself buying this book just so I could retread it without having to go to the library! "

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