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The Glassblower of Murano

Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Summary

A wonderful combination of mystery, historical intrigue, and love, written by an English/Venetian author, which tells a story of passion, genius and betrayal linking the present and the past.

Nora Manin decides to leave her fractured life in London to start again in Venice, and there begins to unravel the story of her ancestor, Corradino Manin, the greatest artist of glass that the island of Murano ever produced.

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  • Claix, France
  • 26-02-11

Will not keep you awake at night

I found that the story itself was quite interesting, but found the narration and the writing rather simplified and not very sophisticated for my taste for such an historical topic such as Venice, Murano and the Doges palace. For me, the male narrators mild English regional accent, modern style and tone struck me as slightly bizarre, bearing in mind that he was talking about Italians in the 1500's, although the style in which the novel is written partially forced this I think. He does put on an Italian accent for the characterizations. Very light listening, will not keep you awake at night.

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Average at best

a passable novel but the music and male narrator are very irritating. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Carmels Review

I really enjoyed this book. Loved Vennis, the parallel stories in different centuries and the glass!

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Great storytelling, not sure about the music?

Would you consider the audio edition of The Glassblower of Murano to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The final chapter is actually very good, everything comes together.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I'd find this hard to choose. I really liked how the story goes back and forth in time.

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

I listen to audio books as a way to get to sleep using 15 minute bursts to help me unwind. I regularly listened to more of this one though because the story was so involved.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book overall. The female voice was excellent, the male voice on occasion could be rushed, but perhaps that was a part of the acting.
For me the musical interludes were too dramatic, this is because I listen while falling asleep and the music would often be so loud that it brought me fully awake again.