Once upon a Time in Venice

  • by Monique Roy
  • Narrated by Kevin E Green
  • 1 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An intriguing, middle-grade audiobook that takes young listeners, ages 9-12, on a physical and emotional journey to Venice, Italy.
This enchanting story revolves around the relationship between Samuelle, a young boy, and his grandfather Leo. Leo has learned that he suffers from a terminal illness, and in his wistful skimming of artifacts from the past, he uncovers treasured mementos of his earliest years, growing up in the romantic city of Venice. Sharing them with Samuelle, he infects the boy with an infatuation for the city, one they will both share when Leo decides to accept an invitation to participate in the annual Regatta, a rowing festival that his own great-grandfather had competed in with great success. The two embark on their journey without Samuelle knowing about Leo's illness, but Leo makes a promise to himself that it is in Venice, after he has passed on his knowledge and fondness for the city to his grandson, that he will reveal the truth about his fate. Venice becomes a special place in their hearts forever.
This beautiful, middle-grade chapter book will show young listeners, ages 9-12, the strong impact and importance of family, love, and the community in our lives. Listen to this preteen book with your kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, and you will be instantly transported to the romantic city of Venice, Italy! The vivid descriptions of Venice enliven the story. From the food and the architecture to the art and the magical canals, you are right there in Venice, without the long flight and the icky airplane food! All adventurers wanted: preteen listeners are taken on an emotional journey that is educational, sad, sweet, and heartwarming, and opens their eyes to geography and cultures.

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Lets take a trip to Venice

**I was given this audio book for free from Audiobook Boom and the author for a honest review.**

This was a really emotionally charged audio book. The mix of Monique Roy's words and Kevin E Green's narration really brought this story to life for me. I know reading this you would still understand the emotion but I feel like I connected more deeply with the characters through the audio book. Green does a fantastic job at making every character unique, either through accent or age, they are all different. You really get a feel for Italy, not only as someone returning, or visiting for the first time, but from those who have spent their whole lives there and see the progression of the city. Italy has always fascinated me with it's history and architecture, and Once upon a Time in Venice explores the city as well as the bond between family.
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- Tiffany Fox

Informative story takes you to Venice

Journey to Venice with a young boy and his grandpa. See the sights, hear the sounds, learn the history and geography of a great city.

This is a well written, excellently narrated tale written with the young listener in mind. Even as an adult I found it enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2017
  • Publisher: Monique Roy