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Publisher's Summary

One summer in Sicily, Marlena de Blasi entered a world of unforgettable magic when she discovered the secret Sicilian villa of Donnafugata. There life was ruled by ritual and by an unassailable 70-year-old matriarch and protectress, Tosca. Willowy and aloof, with an aura of a distant time, Tosca was a woman whose life story begged to be told. In the warmth of Tosca's garden, Marlena would receive bountiful lessons of life and love as the story of Tosca's fairy-tale romance with an Italian prince unfolded.
©2008 Marlena de Blasi (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[A] fragrant tale of life and love in the mountains of Sicily....Swift, sinuous, deep and brimming with cultural artifacts." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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2 out of 5 stars
By J. Miller on 02-27-17

Narration makes it impossible to listen to

I wanted to love this audiobook because I loved The Lady in the Palazzo and because I'm going to be in Sicily in a couple of months. But the whispered narration drove me crazy and I couldn't get beyond chapter one. My rating of the story is made up because I didn't actually listen to it, but I had to rate it in order to review the book. I would suggest to potential listeners to listen to the sample and see if they're comfortable with a quiet, breathy reading before they decide whether to purchase the book. Apparently some people are.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Talb on 09-02-17

Hard to listen to

What would have made That Summer in Sicily better?

The author's voice is way too soft and melodramatic for my taste in a reader. It drove me crazy to the point I do not want to finish. Even with the volume all the way up on my car audio and it was still too quiet. I wish I could return this one. It is so bothersome that I cannot get into the story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marlena de Blasi again?


What didn’t you like about Marlena de Blasi’s performance?

voice too soft and dramatic

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