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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (485 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marlena de Blasi Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells and tastes and sounds and soul of Umbria come alive in bestselling author Marlena de Blasi’s evocative memoir.

By turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, touching and humorous, Marlena de Blasi’s account of moving with her husband, Fernando, to Orvieto, the largest city in Italy’s Umbria, will appeal to anyone who delights in travel and shares the fantasy of beginning a new life in a very different place. It is a tale of the couple’s search for the right home—which turns out to be the former ballroom of a fifteenth-century palazzo—and the right balance in their lives, in this case making friends of cooks, counts, shepherds, and a lone violinist. It is a tale, too, of an American woman finding her niche in a society bound by tradition and seemingly closed to outsiders.

With a voice full of wonder, de Blasi brings to life these engagingly quirky people and the aloof, almost daunting society that exists in Umbria. Not since Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence has a writer so convincingly captured the essence of a singular place and created a feast for readers of all stripes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Listeners will enjoy Laural Merlington’s down-to-earth, expert narration…Merlington’s presentation inspires a love of Italy and caresses its language.”


  • “Merlington’s Italian accent is believable as she portrays both haughty aristocrats and simple shepherds. Her pacing is just right, unhurried but not poky; ultimately, the author’s fondness for her adopted country shines through.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane C. | 2/17/2014

    " I love the way she describes life, food and culture in Italy. Despite her comments about needing to earn a living, writing, taking tourists around Umbria and Tuscany, she seems to have enough $$ to shop for expensive tailor made clothes in Florence and travel when she needs to, and her world seems a bit priveleged and insular. But her prose is sensual, lovely and makes you feel like you are there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by GraceAnne | 2/9/2014

    " I do love this woman's style. She writes in the most luscious way about food and the making of it, about Italians and their way of it, about adoring texture, and scent, and memory. All of her books are lovely, and this one is, too. Start with A Thousand Days in Venice though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sunni | 2/9/2014

    " I have not enjoyed this one as much as her earlier books. While she still has a wonderfully "delicious" way with words (cooking is her forte), this story of people and place just didn't engage me as much. I was also distracted by the reader when she imitated the voices of Italian men...she sounded more like Count Dracula than an Italian! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracy | 2/8/2014

    " I WANT A SECOND HOME IN NORTHERN ITALY !!! and a handsome man to be in love with ! "

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