The narrators of Chris Bohjalian's new historical novel cleverly deliver a measured pace that sharply contrasts with chilling events set in motion in Tuscany during WWII. Cassandra Campbell's precise, lovely enunciation suits the perceptions voiced by 18-year-old Cristina Rosati, whose family is of noble Italian lineage. As the story shifts to the year 1955, Campbell also delivers the more modern observations of Florence police detective Serafina Bettini during her investigation of a serial killer who is targeting all the living Rosatis. Ultimately, her digging uncovers secrets that terrorize the family and expose her own horrifying past. Mark Bramhall's raw consummate performance enlivens terrifying acts with subtle, almost offhand, simplicity. This gripping listen mesmerizes with its suspense, reverence for ancient art, and portrayal of a love doomed by war. A.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2013]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2013
CD ISBN 9780307917416 $35.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780307917423 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2013
CD ISBN 9780307917430 $35.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN 9780307917447 $95.00
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