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Bel Canto

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Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening -- until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage. But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped. Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers. Performed by Anne Fields


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  • 'The plot of Bel Canto revolves around a captivating hostage situation set in an unspecified South American nation. The narrative unfolds with intricacy, skillfully intertwining two love stories within its fabric. Anna Fields, the narrator, possesses a rich and resonant voice, particularly shining when voicing the male characters.'
  • It's rare to come across a book that combines a gripping plot with poetic prose. Every sentence in this book felt valuable, worthy of reflection, although I couldn't help but rush through it due to my eagerness to know what would unfold. Luckily, I'm excited to listen to it again and enjoy it just as much. The well-rounded characters were a delight, and it was a breath of fresh air to encounter a book with such an original premise. Reading this book left me with a profound sense of wanting to savor every moment of the days ahead.
  • I haven't written a review in ages, but I simply can't resist sharing my thoughts on this book, even though it's been over six months since I read or listened to it. At first, the story didn't grab me right away and I wasn't sure if I'd stick with it. However, if you push through the first hour or two, you'll be rewarded with unexpected twists and turns that transform the plot into a captivating love song. That's why I'm giving it five stars - because it's one of those rare audiobooks that stayed with me long after I finished it, much like "The Time Traveler's Wife." The writing is absolutely superb, and even though the situations may not be entirely believable, it doesn't take long to empathize with the characters and revel in the contradictions of their "huis clos" in the embassy. Just to clarify for those who may be wondering (like I did before I started listening), there isn't much connection to the Peruvian embassy takeover, although the setup is somewhat similar. Once the hostages and captors are locked in together, it doesn't matter where or when they are - it's all about the intricate interplay between them. So go ahead and enjoy!
  • I really liked this book, although the epilogue was a bit disappointing. It was surprisingly gripping and I thought the narrator was great, handling a range of accents very well - except for her Russian :)
  • It was an interesting read. I liked the premise of the story. The only problem I had was it took a long time for the story and then ended abruptly. There were too many loose ends. The ending made no sense to me.
  • The narration was so dull and irritating that I couldn't make it through the book. Also the story was slow and repetitive. The characters were not believable. Not the author's best work by far. Save your money or credits and listen to Ann Pachett's Commonwealth instead.