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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Berendt Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt’s first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Courtney Martin | 2/18/2014

    " I love Italy and Italians. Reading this book took me back. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betsy Georgitis | 2/14/2014

    " A must read if you are going or have been to Venice. This is a fascinating easy read with extremely interesting characters. I found the style of switching between the many characters and time frames effective. i especially like all the historical characters in the book. If I ever plan on returning to Venice I will definitely repeat this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joelle Socransky | 2/14/2014

    " I loved his first book so much that I was thrilled to find another... Until I read this one. I was really disappointed. The story didn't seem to go anywhere. Loved the imagery and short history of Venice but the overall story left me wanting more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/12/2014

    " I was a big fan of Berendt's most famous novel and since I'm in such a European phase right now, I was happy to see that he wrote a novel about Venice, at least one particular event that occurred in Venice. The book describes in detail the Fenice Opera House burning down in 1996 and all the politics, bureaucracy, and emotions that follow. In the 8 years that he lives there, he meets all the who's who of Venice and gets to see some pretty amazing palaces. A lot of the study was conversations and backgrounds on these Venetians, which has a loose attachment to the event, but does stray quite a bit. It does make me want to see Venice but from how it's described, it seems as though Venetians are more pleased with themselves than outsiders, though they for the most part seemed to have taken Berendt in as a friend and colleague. It was an enjoyable read but not quite what I expected. "

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