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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: John Berendt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780739311486
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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilachieved a record-breaking four-year run on The New York Timesbestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice-a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective-inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking "suicide" prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the first family of American expatriates that loses possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, partygoing Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning one another's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others-stool pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aurynn Shaw | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting and definitely very hard to quantify. But definitely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/14/2014

    " The characters of a byzantine city... how fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 1/26/2014

    " The book make you feel like you know the city of Venice, but Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil it is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/23/2014

    " Never been to Venice, but this reads as part travel guide and part tell-all about Venetian society and politics...really a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/18/2014

    " Not as wonderfully spooky as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. However, it's been years since I've read it and I still find myself thinking of it. It's an entertaining treatment of Venetian society and the Italian legal system. "

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

    " Disappointing. "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" is one of my favorite books. This was nowhere near as interesting or as well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara cohn | 1/2/2014

    " if you have ever been or plan on going to Venice this is a must read, I found it very interesting..makes me want to go back "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terrie | 1/2/2014

    " I'm on disk 3 of 11, and so far it's just boring character studies. I don't think I can take much more. "

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

    " If you liked "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," then you must read this. It is every bit as good! I loved it! I am thinking of changing my rating to five stars.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nat | 12/16/2013

    " Not as good as Midnight... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/8/2013

    " (non-fiction) I loved it because it takes place in Venice and I had been to Venice not too long before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 11/13/2013

    " unneccessary and excessive name-dropping brought the book down for me. but still an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 10/2/2013

    " Story of the burning of Venice's opera house, the Fenice in 1996. The author attempts to find out exactly what happened and in the process speaks to various people of Venice and learns about their lives and/or involvement with the Fenice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dustin Thompson | 12/24/2012

    " Disappointing follow up to one of the best books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade | 4/11/2012

    " This is a good book and I love it. Probably because I love Italian culture, which made this book very endearing at some extent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 2/6/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne Lipe | 10/3/2011

    " This is the same author that wrote Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and so I had high hopes. After reading 181 pages, I just couldn't go any further. I found the book to be pretty dry with not much of a story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 9/18/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 9/17/2011

    " I couldn't finish this book. Felt like I was reading this forever & just didn't have the urge to ever pick it up and read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/7/2011

    " Written by the same author as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil- one of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 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.