The Shoemaker's Wife

  • by Adriana Trigiani
  • Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
  • 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again - sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate - and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever .
A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.

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Unlike everyone else, I disliked this book

What would have made The Shoemaker's Wife better?

The Shoemaker's Wife has a promising plot which fails to fulfill its potential. By the middle of the book, I was completely tired of the perfection of the characters. It is a very sappy story. We did this book in my book group, and many members did like it - and it seemed to me that those who liked it were those whose families had a similar immigrant story. Those of us who did not share that history seemed to dislike the book. I believe the book would have been better if it were not so sweet and full of perfect people.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Justin Cronin's The Passage.


What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the narrator had a very good accent. However, as an Italian speaker myself, I found her mispronunciations of place names, particularly Bergamo, off-putting. Otherwise, I thought she did a pretty good job.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Relief when I finished it.


Any additional comments?

Honestly, this is one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I'm baffled by the good reviews.

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- Kathryn

truly disappointing and unbelievable love story

i really did not like this book....but i stuck it out to the end just to see if it would live up to the rave reviews of everyone i know. for me, it didn't.

it's hard to explain, but i felt like this book was so long and so wordy...but actually said nothing. i think it tried to tell so much, over so much time, that it couldn't really delve into any one moment in the story or into any real details about the characters so that the reader could dig in and get involved. the whole time i read this, i felt like i was floating above the story...and watching it happen in such a cursory way...but i was never able to get inside the story, experiencing it, feeling it, caring about it.

the other big flaw that i found with the novel is that i did not believe in the tragic "love story" that was supposed to be the center of this book. it didn't seem like there was real urgency or emotion or any type of drive to compel the reader to root for these two to finally get together. neither one of these two (Enza or Ciro) were all that likeable. i guess Enza had more redeeming qualities than Ciro...but i didn't really care about either one of them. and i certainly had no investment in their relationship. i felt like there was this big lead up to them finally getting together, but honestly, i didn't care if they did or not.

truly disappointing.
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- Beth Anne "i like to read. i like to listen."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio