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Summary

How do you say 'I love you' in Italian? Anna's knows the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia and learning the language, determined to go and find him. After Catherine's husband walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.

As their Italian evening class gets underway, friendships form and love affairs blossom; it's going to be a year that they will never forget.

©2014 Lucy Diamond (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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    4 out of 5 stars

Hang on in there

I was dubious about this title after reading some of the reviews however stick with it. The first few chapters you meet a lot of different characters all with their own stories completely unrelated however do not stop reading it does all tie together and you find yourself laughing, cringing and genuinely getting sucked into the story

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Very enjoyable

What made the experience of listening to One Night in Italy the most enjoyable?

The narrator has a lovely voice

What did you like best about this story?

Anna and her search for her father

Have you listened to any of Geraldine Sharrock’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was my 1st Geraldine performance

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No probably not, but that's not unusual for me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Far to many main characters.

What disappointed you about One Night in Italy?

To many stories vying for the tops spot, it was like five short stories made into one book, I had no idea who the lead character was as they had no real strengths.

Has One Night in Italy put you off other books in this genre?

No

What didn’t you like about Geraldine Sharrock’s performance?

Nice to hear a Yorkshire accent

What character would you cut from One Night in Italy?

the long lost dad, either have him in the story line properly or not at all

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

decent storyline, terrible pronunciation!

bit confusing at the beginning with the parallel storylines but coming together in the end nicely.

However, Italian pronunciation is atrocious! speaking a bit myself, I could barely make out the words! really, narrator and producer could have put a bit more effort into correct intonation and pronunciation of Italian words especially since every chapter title is in Italian!!!
saying 'gkrazi' instead of grazie is quite sad!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Chick Lit

The book is complete chick-lit but not without interest, the characters are quite well drawn. I bought this in the hope it would have an Italian language flavour but sadly almost no Italian words to be found, and I still don't know which one night in Italy the title refers to. The reader had dreadful Italian (and cockney) accents; she mispronounced several words (chez, garrulous, ensconced) and the pauses were in weird places. I think this is an editing problem which should have been ironed out before publication. For a comparison I much preferred Maeve Binchy's Evening Class - similar idea, more Italian!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Characters needed different voices

An enjoyable story was spoilt slightly by a lack of voices from the narrator. It required concentration to work out which character was speaking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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enjoyable story.

Any additional comments?

the main characters are introduced individually and they all come together at the course learning Italian. each of them is facing a different scenario, unfaithful husband, who is their father etc., all with happy endings as they become stronger.
well written story well performed by geradine sharrock.
liking this author, will look for more by her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator

What did you like best about One Night in Italy? What did you like least?

Loved the story and the characters; almost completely spoiled by the narration - mispronounced words and pauses in the wrong place.

What didn’t you like about Geraldine Sharrock’s performance?

Hated the accent and mispronunciation. Really bad performance.

Do you think One Night in Italy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Probably not as everyone was accounted for by the end.

Any additional comments?

Really good story, just spoiled by the reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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loved it!

this story had a mix of wonderful story lines. that was easy to become emotionally attached to individuals throughout the well planned out plot. the characters lives in twine. helped by the narrator and excellent accents and changes in characters. I'd easily listen to it again. highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bella Vella

What made the experience of listening to One Night in Italy the most enjoyable?

Found the Yorkshire accent strange at first bit soon helped set the scene and I began to enjoy it, the story across the ages and life's of characters kept me
Hooked

What was one of the most memorable moments of One Night in Italy?

The accident of the elderly lady and the class response

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The meal out with the handsome collegue

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Love across the class room

Any additional comments?

A superb listen , hooked from the start.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful