Four Seasons in Rome

  • by Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by Anthony Doerr
  • 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anthony Doerr has received many awards - from the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins.
Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats - the chroniclers of Rome who came before him - and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself.
This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craft - the process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.


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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

There is no original thought in this book. It perpetuates all the stereotypes Europeans have about Americans going anywhere. The book is shallow and redundant. My first return on audible. I have no idea who may enjoy it. Maybe a tourist with first-world problems who thinks that raising twins with a help of a stay-home wife and a nanny is overwhelming? First book I listened to on 1.5x speed. My worst read of the year.

What could Anthony Doerr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not publish it.

How could the performance have been better?

It could not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Four Seasons in Rome?

The entire book

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- nidaros13

Oh my , don't miss this one

For all of us who love Anthony Doerr's writing and insights, this is a very satisfying book. Not only do we get the treat again of reading his beautifully descriptive prose but it is a personal journey which is very endearing. He is learning to be a Dad, a husband when he is a Dad, all the while being in Rome where he and his wife are constantly delighted by the culture, food and passions of the Italians. I have listened to this twice and probably won't stop there.
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- Molly-o "English major. Love to read"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio