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What did you love best about La Bella Lingua?
Fantastic way to learn a new language: listening to someone narrating her/his experience with the idiom while living in the country where it's spoken. Best of both worlds; learning the language while hearing witty observations on local customs and history.
What was one of the most memorable moments of La Bella Lingua?
Impossible to pick a memorable moment, since the author trully loves La Bella Lingua and the Italian people.
Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Suzanne Toren's narration adds a lot to the book, with her perfect Italian pronunciation.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
As we are commenting about the wonderful Italians, it's impossible not to have an emotional reaction to the engaging narration.
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What would have made La Bella Lingua better?
Got to know Italy away from the bourgeois hotels and expensive villas that the author seems to have based her heavily exocitised and offensively patronising view of it.
I didn't think someone could out Eat Pray Love, Eat Pray Love in its vision of Italians as quaint, erotic holiday-enablers - a nation of waiters and flirts - but, somehow Hales has done it.
It is hard to escape the unbearably smug, superior tone that the author adopts which is a shame since the research into the language is very interesting.
What could Dianne Hales have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Name dropped fewer times, generalised fewer times, humble bragged fewer times. Viewed people away from gender stereotypes.
Honestly, I hate to be a 'bad' reviewer but this really, really angered me. It has all the cultural authenticity of a Dolmio advert. I really hope that the American target audience put the book down and instead book a flight to Napoli or Roma!
Would you listen to another book narrated by Suzanne Toren?
Absolutely - she copes well with some very weak source material.
What character would you cut from La Bella Lingua?
Any additional comments?
Sorry to savage this - I think that there is a good book in there but I didn't get the impression the author wanted to get her fingernails dirty. Far too much reliance on professors and managers of five star hotels!
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