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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melodie Winawer Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781508230076
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“Will remind historical fiction readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring…Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena” (Library Journal, starred review).

“Winawer’s debut is a detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love…Winawer has created a prodigious, vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and invention” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy, debut author Melodie Winawer takes readers deep into medieval Italy, where the past and present blur and a twenty-first century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cassandra Campbell’s performance transports listeners to medieval Italy…Campbell’s well-considered diction and vocal timing create suspense, while her Italian accents for various characters and place names, though not always perfectly accurate, bring the story to life…Campbell’s narration is an engrossing complement to the story, helping the listener to vividly imagine life as it was in that long-ago time. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Winawer’s physician background permeates the book, offering interesting medical details throughout the story. She paints a captivating story of time and place volleying with fate and love.”

    Associated Press

  • “A stunning work of historical fiction, Melodie Winawer’s debut novel [is a] story of love, science, politics, and time-travel is worth every last word.”

    Bustle

  • “Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A prodigious, vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps. This is a marvelous work of research and invention.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
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About the Author

Melodie Winawer is a novelist, physician-scientist, and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University. A graduate of Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology, she has published forty-seven nonfiction articles and book chapters. She is fluent in Spanish and French, literate in Latin, and has a passable knowledge of Italian.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.