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by | Read by Raúl Esparza

Fiction • 12 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

Raúl Esparza gives a thoroughly engrossing performance, understated and subtle, with nuance to spare, in Elle Newmark's fantastical exploration of life in Venice at the end of the fifteenth century. Luciano, a cunning street urchin, finds his luck changed when he becomes an apprentice chef in the doge's palace. An accomplished eavesdropper, Luciano learns that prominent men are searching for a secret book that is alleged to contain alchemical formulas, love potions, and the secret to immortality. Esparza's narration enhances Newmark's lavish, mouth-watering descriptions of food, and with slight vocal shifts and just the suggestion of Italian accents, he adds mystery and romance, highlighting court intrigues, the odors and aromas of Venice, and Newmark's many quirky characters. Especially recommended for listeners who aren't dieting. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2009]



Trade Ed. • Simon & Schuster Audio • 2008

CD ISBN 9780743578042 $39.99 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2009

CS ISBN 978-1-4361-5113-9 $82.75 • Ten cassettes

CD ISBN 9781436151153 $123.75 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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