Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2005
CS ISBN $44.95 Five cassettes
CD ISBN $45.00 Five CDs
MP3-CD ISBN $29.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN $20.97
BY THE GRAND CANAL is an atmosphere in search of a plot. For atmosphere it’s hard to do better than Venice, and casting the story at the close of WWI hardly alters things for Venice-lovers, as few cities can have changed so little in a century. Simon Vance does his best with stork-like Brit Hugh Thurne; his impecunious Venetian friends, the Veniers, in their threadbare palazzo; the two attractive Venier children; Thurn’s operatic mistress, Emanuela; and Violet, the widow of Hugh’s best friend. But Vance’s female voices are unconvincing, Fenice is alternately pronounced “Feneese” and” Fenee-tchay” (why?), and the pace is slow to the point of slack. Pretty thin gruel. B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 06]
Sign up to receive FREE email newsletters from AudioFile. Get audiobook recommendations and reviews straight to your inbox.