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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,667 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Goodman Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An evocative tale of intrigue, romance, and treachery, Carol Goodman's spellbinding new novel, The Night Villa, follows the fascinating lives of two remarkable women centuries apart.

The eruption of Italy's Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried a city and its people, their treasures and secrets. Centuries later, echoes of this disaster resonate with profound consequences in the life of classics professor Sophie Chase.

In the aftermath of a tragic shooting on the University of Texas campus, Sophie seeks sanctuary on the isle of Capri, immersing herself in her latest scholarly project alongside her colleagues, her star pupil, and their benefactor, the compelling yet enigmatic business mogul John Lyros.

Beneath layers of volcanic ash lies the Villa della Notte - the Night Villa - home to first-century nobles, as well as to the captivating slave girl at the heart of an ancient controversy. And secreted in a subterranean labyrinth rests a cache of antique documents believed lost to the ages: a prize too tantalizing for Sophie to resist.

But suspicion, fear, and danger roam the long-untrodden tunnels and chambers beneath the once sumptuous estate - especially after Sophie sees the face of her former lover in the darkness, leaving her to wonder if she is chasing shadows or succumbing to the siren song of the Night Villa. Whatever shocking events transpired in the face of Vesuvius's fury have led to deeper, darker machinations that inexorably draw Sophie into their vortex, rich in stunning revelations and laden with unseen menace. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie | 2/5/2014

    " It had a slow start and had the feel of a made-for-TV movie, but the action picked up about 1/2 way through. It was then I realized why it could've been seleceted for a Reader's Choice book at the library. There were a lot of twists and turns. I was happy to see the one I thought was the bad guy ended up being the bad guy. The ending was maybe a little too good, and I would've like to see a little bit more resolution between the two main characters. Overall it was pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Moodyfeline | 1/26/2014

    " So far everything I've ever read by Carol Goodman has been intriguing and thought-provoking. This book was utterly fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 1/23/2014

    " I really liked the historical-component of the fiction, even more so the mythological aspect. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan | 1/21/2014

    " Set in the ancient city of Herculaneum, this mystery/thriller is filled with little tidbits about ancient Rome. It has two main plots: an ancient story of a female slave in Herculaneum involved in mystery rites and early Christianity, and a modern plot involving an archeological dig, classics studies, a Pythagorean cult, and a school shooting. While parts of the story are more believable than others, it is a quick, interesting read. I was especially pleased with the ending of the story. I wish the main character, Sophie, had a little more backbone. "

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About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.