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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: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739308790
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kailani | 2/9/2014

    " An interesting look at Venetian society and its quirky characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 2/3/2014

    " How can Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil be sooooo good and this book be so boring? I have been to Venice once, where this book is set, and it was a beautiful, romantic, and wonderful city. I enjoyed "visiting" it again through this book, but that was not enough to keep me engaged in the endless descriptions of Venetion society necessary for attempting to solve the mystery of who burned down La Fenice. Such a bummer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nomanisan | 2/3/2014

    " Reasonably good book, but not the "read" that Midnight in the Garden...was. That it takes place in Venice is one of its charms for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/17/2014

    " I got confused and thought this was the next book by Erik Larson, who wrote The Devil in the White City. It most decidedly was not. Instead, this book took a sort of investigative journalist/travelogue approach to Venice just before and after its famous opera house burned down. The work/reward balance for this book tilted too much toward work for my tastes. "

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

    " I thought this would be like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but it wasn't "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 1/11/2014

    " This book made me want to visit Venice much like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil made me want to visit Savannah. Great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2014

    " Very much like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - central story is about a court case/event of note in the city but lots of stories/gossip about personalities along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/26/2013

    " Evocative portrait of Venice and its people, based on events surrounding the burning of the Fenice Opera House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Wood | 11/15/2013

    " Theres just something about his storytelling skills that is SO captivating and easy to read...even when theres not much of a story. "

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

    " Great history on Venice. Not as flowing of a read as "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 10/26/2013

    " A very interesting journalistic mystery, steeped in history about the city. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/9/2013

    " Not quite as good as Midnight... but the man tells a beautiful story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 8/30/2013

    " Historical facts were amazing but the story tosses you from one side story to another. Even though the city is amazing I had a hard time staying focused with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saturday's Child | 8/7/2013

    " This book has made me want to visit Venice "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/16/2013

    " This a a very interesting books that gives some insight into the occupants of many of the lovely homes in Venice. Surprisingly, many are Americans. I doubt this book would be of much interest to anyone who has not been to Venice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bec79 | 11/27/2012

    " Loved the way that it paints Venice as a city and a culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 10/21/2012

    " Enjoyed this very much. I love the way he tells THE story by weaving together the stories and points of view of the many rich characters. Wish he had more novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brendan | 7/24/2012

    " Trying to follow midnight in the garden of good an evil proves to be too much for the author. It's a great read if you are planning a visit there, but there are many books to read over this one. I wouldn't rush to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hummingbird Farms | 5/9/2012

    " Captures the atmosphere of Venice... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/14/2012

    " This is non-fiction, very readable book about the burning of the opera house in Venice. Venice is high on my list of places to visit so I really enjoyed learning about the city, its' geography, neighborhoods and people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/18/2012

    " great book if you've ever been to, or are interested in Venice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/23/2011

    " Intriguing view of a fascinating city. Venice itself is the main character of this well-written account. It certainly enriched my recent visit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 4/27/2011

    " The author paints an amazing picture of Venice and really engrosses you in the culture of the city and the personalities of the inhabitants.Unfortunately for me that was all that got me through this book.The plot and mystery of who burned the Fenice just didn't capture my interest as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/19/2011

    " True stories of Venetians set in Venice surrounding the fire of the Fenice Opera House. It was interesting--sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious. Only my love for history kept me committed to staying with this book to the end, but, overall, a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 3/9/2011

    " slow moving,....what else can I say. Having a hard time staying with it. Except there's the fire. We'll see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 3/6/2011

    " If you love Venice, you'll find this book to be very interesting. "

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About the Author
Author John BerendtThe son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. Berendt has written for David Frost and Dick Cavett, was editor of New York magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994.
About the Narrator

Holter Graham, award-winning audiobook narrator, has appeared in many films, including Fly Away Home, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, and Hairspray. His television credits include Army Wives, Wasted, Damages, and Law & Order, among others.