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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marina Fiorato Narrator: Cristian Solimeno, Kate Magowan Publisher: Audio Rights Solutions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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A wonderful combination of mystery, historical intrigue, and love, written by an English/Venetian author, which tells a story of passion, genius and betrayal linking the present and the past.

Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jane | 2/16/2014

    " A chance find in Chapters... LOVED it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/10/2014

    " I really loved this book. The author artfully switches between two interwoven tales, one modern-day and the other in the 17th-century, both centered in the intriguing and romantic city of Venice, Italy. The story has a bit of everything; romance, history, art, music, murder, intrigue, sacrifice and escapism. I also really enjoyed the central theme of glassblowing, which to me is an amazing art, and made this story even more interesting. The format of this book was wonderful; the chapters are short and the story flows quickly, and I was impressed with how the author managed to weave the two stories together, almost as if they were one -- yet they were actually set a couple hundred years apart. The setting was perfect, as Venice has a timeless and unchanging quality to it -- so it was easy to imagine that pieces of the 17-century Venice are still present in the modern day. And interestingly, according to the conversation with the author at the back of the book, some facets of the story are actually true, although the central characters are fictional. It's just that type of thing that makes me appreciate a book even more -- and now it makes me want to go back to Venice to explore the city some more, and especially to visit the famous glassblowers on Murano. Overall, an excellent read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn Smith | 2/9/2014

    " Had fun with this book. Brought. Me back to my time in Murano. I did buy a souvenir. I especially liked the beginning re the grandfather and the difficullties becoming an expert glassblower. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra (Unabridged Chick) | 2/4/2014

    " Unexpectedly enjoyable book. I was anticipating something like Suzanne M. Wolfe's Unveiling (which was awful) but instead, I found the heroine Nora real and appealing. The dual story lines were engrossing and I was equally invested in each plot. The book is nice and meaty, too -- it felt like the author had time to wrap up everything the way she wanted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/27/2014

    " A wondermous blend of history, relationships and glass blowing, which has always fascinated me. Characters I liked and a bit of intrique! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Latham | 1/26/2014

    " I was so excited to read this book because it promised great historical fiction with a modern twist. Unfortunately, the story was hard to follow and it just didn't work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 1/20/2014

    " Good read, several twists, historical setting in Venice and Versailles. Fascinating and good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khuck | 1/17/2014

    " Wow! Reading this book was a fun way to learn about the art of glass blowing and the Renaissance in Italy. A modern story parallels an older one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/11/2014

    " I would consider this enjoyable light reading with a bit of romance and history thrown in. I love all thing Italy so that helped. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April | 12/17/2013

    " I couldn't finish. I got about 4 chapters in and wanted to punch the author and the main character in the face. The sheer pretension of the writing and the character. ARGH. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/16/2013

    " This book was mediocre. The story and history included were interesting, but the writing was middle of the road. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 12/7/2013

    " Not particularly well written, but some interesting history. Easy read. Makes me want to blow glass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Chenhall | 11/10/2013

    " This was a nice plot mix of past and present with a great setting in Venice. I loved the modern romance. The history of the Italian monopoly of glass making in the 1600's was also interesting and how the author tied it all together with one family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/2/2013

    " Great depiction of Venice and its many faces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/20/2013

    " Nice book about old world & new world Venice with a mystery thrown in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 laninaki | 10/3/2013

    " I never could get into this book, so I stopped trying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonni | 8/1/2013

    " Easy to learn about the history of Venice with a convincing modern plot that weaves a 16th century glassblower with his descendant and plenty of mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 7/14/2013

    " I loved how this book went back and forth from the 19th to the 21st century. The story was fantastically woven throughout the lives of the characters and I'm a sucker for romantic European love stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 2/17/2013

    " 4 stars for Corradino Manin's 1630s story, but 3 stars for Leonora Manin's present day story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/6/2013

    " This book was so wonderful and exciting, until the end ruined it. I loved the author's style and the organization of the two stories. I really think she got lazy and wrapped it up really quickly with a Disneyland ending. That was lame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 4/25/2012

    " Entertaining novel which I loved both for the descriptions of Venice and for the bits about glass making. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralitsa Koleva | 4/21/2012

    " One amazing story so easy and pleasent to read. I loved every single word from that book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/30/2012

    " A good mystery spanning generations of family. Having recently visited Venice, I found the author's descriptions accurate and longing to return. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 9/15/2011

    " Fun read. Loved the glass blowing imagery. Didn't like how the 2 stories kept flipping back and forth as I would have to go back and figure out where I had left off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/16/2011

    " I love this book, it is amazing. I keep thinking about all the place in Venice, that I went too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Garrou | 5/29/2011

    " A light read. I enjoyed learning about the original glassblowers of Venice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 5/16/2011

    " Enjoyable enough, although I enjoyed the historical sections more than the modern ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/6/2011

    " Didn't finish...couldn't get into it as it was too similar to other books I have recently read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zelda | 4/6/2011

    " It's such a visual novel. Her observations and descriptions of place and atmosphere took me deeply into the mood of the city and its life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 4/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this book with it's mix of past and present generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralitsa | 4/4/2011

    " One amazing story so easy and pleasent to read. I loved every single word from that book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 4/2/2011

    " Very entertaining. Quick read. Ah, Venice! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 2/23/2011

    " Read for FSPL book club. This novel did not live up to its potential... the story line was very obvious and forced; and the writing needed editing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 2/23/2011

    " I couldn't finish this as the text on the Kindle download became corrupted when I was 80% through the book. Frustration!

    I awarded it 3 stars on the basis of what I had read up to that point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton | 2/10/2011

    " Exquisite writing! I loved the mixture of history and story. The end is somewhat predictable, but still a wonderful read. "

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