That Summer in Sicily

  • by Marlena de Blasi
  • Narrated by Marlena de Blasi
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"[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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Customer Reviews

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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?

Never


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

voice too soft and dramatic


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- Talb

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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- J. Miller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.