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Bel Canto

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Patchett

Narrated By: Anna Fields

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: August 2004

Duration: 11 hours 20 minutes


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


  • Anonymous

    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 :)

  • Danielle R

    Excellent narrator, one of my favourite so far. Loved how she embodied each character. I really enjoyed the book too - a unique storytelling plot that keeps you engaged.

  • Patricia M

    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.

  • Joan Lindell Olsen

    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.

  • Tamara Malan

    It was interesting, I must admit I was very disappointed with the ending.