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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,320 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roberta Rich Narrator: Antoinette LaVecchia Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers—a gift aided by the secret “birthing spoons” she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah’s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engrossing, well-written, and fast-paced story about a fascinating period in history. The descriptions of sixteenth-century Venice were so vivid, they were almost tangible.”

    Joy Fielding, New York Times bestselling author of Charley’s Web

  • “Rich skillfully incorporates a wealth of historical detail into her riveting tale of a heroine who won't give up on her marriage.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “By definition, novels set in Venice must exude atmosphere, and this one positively drips with it…Rich capably depicts the strength of women and the precariousness of their lives.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Successfully captures the seedy side of sixteenth-century Venice.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rich’s fascinating historical details and her warm empathy for her protagonists will capture historical fiction fans and readers who enjoyed Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent.”

    Library Journal

  • “A cliffhanger-strewn debut…breathless historical adventure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A compelling and engaging novel, a well-researched high-stakes drama written with elegance and compassion: fascinating!”

    Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine B. trilogy

  • “A meticulously researched page-turner that evokes Renaissance Venice with remarkable clarity, radiance, and vigor.”

    William Deverell, author of Mind Games

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Even if it wasn't entirely historically accurate, it was still interesting and a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 2/11/2014

    " Picked this after a good Globe and Mail review. Set in Venice and Malta, in 1575, story of a Jewish mid-wife, and her entreprenurial husband. They've been split apart, and both risk torture and death to be reunited. Both story lines interesting, especially the woman's. Maybe her husband will get more exposure in a sequel - plot leaves room for more adventures. Very well researched and descriptively written. Was one of thos read until you drop books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather Panella | 2/10/2014

    " I really, really liked this historical fiction novel. I learned a lot that I did not know about Venice, life as a Jew in Italy, and the life of a midwife. Good strong characters and a great storyline. Recommend to fans of historical fiction for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ulla Dagert Muther | 2/8/2014

    " Delightful quick read. Sometimes the exaggerations became a bit much as well as the heroin's deftness and midwifery tricks. Not great fiction, but very enjoyable. "

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About the Author

Roberta Rich is the author of The Midwife of Venice. She divides her time between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico.

About the Narrator

Antoinette LaVecchia has acted extensively with New York and regional theater groups. Among her accolades are the 2013 Best Actress Award from BroadwayWorld.com and the Urban Stages’ Award for Valuable Contributions of Italian-American Artists to New York Theater. She is also the recipient of a Fox Fellowship and an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant.