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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Lovely, memorable journey through Venice

I really enjoyed this enchanting tale of a grandfather's remembrance of his past and sharing it with his young grandson. It's a lovely story that takes the reader along with them as they journey to Venice, Italy, and the grandfather shares the family history with his grandson. I felt like I was there with them. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions vivid and memorable.

I listened to the audio version and narrator, Kevin E. Green, did such a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I'd been reading it myself.

My only complaint is that is is so short. I would have enjoyed a little bit longer of a story, but the author did a fine job and it is a beautiful story.
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- K. Westrope

emotional short story

One of the shortest stories I listed to but interesting and heartfelt, it takes us into the lives of a grandfather and his grandson as they connect in the last few years together. As Leo takes Samuelle to his birthplace and shows him part of his heritage, the story is Informative in history as well as a tourist facts about Venice making it more interesting for those who never seen this wonderful city. Loved the life lessons Leo imparts to his grandson and their close bond. I enjoyed it, despite feeling it was rushed towards the end and the sad ending.
Wonderfully narrated by Mr. Green, the voices he gave the various characters were well chosen, the accents well defined and the emotions well displayed. My fave was Leo's voice. I will be checking out his other audios.

I received a free copy at my request and this review is voluntary.
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- seelk

Book Details

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