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In Calabria

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

Claudio Bianchi has lived alone for many years on a hillside in Southern Italy's scenic Calabria. Set in his ways and suspicious of outsiders, Claudio has always resisted change, preferring farming and writing poetry. But one chilly morning, as though from a dream, an impossible visitor appears at the farm. When Claudio comes to her aid, an act of kindness throws his world into chaos. Suddenly he must stave off inquisitive onlookers, invasive media, and even more sinister influences.

Lyrical, gripping, and wise, In Calabria confirms Peter S. Beagle's continuing legacy as one of fantasy's most legendary authors.

©2017 Peter S. Beagle (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Elegant, short and simple

There's not much to say about short story without giving it all away. It paints a vivid landscape of a farmer and his animals where this unexpected guest enters their lives and changes everything.

I enjoyed the story, it rounds off well and so in that sense is flawless.

There's a lot of Italian names and tribe names in this and at times I felt it was hard to follow who were thugs, who were the good guys but still this didn't take too much off the story.

The final chapter was probably my favourite. It really painted a wonderful imaginative ending and it was very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • PapaFrer
  • 08-06-17

Transcendent, startlingly, soul-searingly beautiful

This miracle of a novella was nothing I expected.

I purchased it for its title, knew little of the plot other than a curmudgeon on his farm in Calabria.

The story was magically crafted, the narrator perfect, the fusion of reality and the fantastic touchingly done.

The tale is founded in love, on forgiveness, on courage in the most exotic and mundane events of life.

Amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-19

Perfect!

A high quality production with perfect voice casting. I couldn't put it down! This is a new favorite.

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  • Dominic
  • 05-07-19

Short, sweet, and enjoyable

Nice to hear more work from Mr. Beagle on more of his trademark subject matter. I only wish there were a little more variety or variance from the themes in his most well known novel.

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  • DKAero
  • 23-06-19

Magical and nostalgic!

My grandfather was from Calabria. What a delight to hear about the area with a wonderful tale of magic.
Lovely story. Well performed. The Italian language took me back to my childhood. Thank you.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-18

A must listen

A magical tale, beautifully performed. Peter S Beagle at his finest. Listen, enjoy, and be transported.