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Il Bel Centro

By: Michelle Damiani
Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
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Summary

When Michelle Damiani dreamed of living in Italy, she imagined her family as it was in Virginia - her husband filling every moment with work, her teenage son experimenting with sarcasm, her daughter smiling at the scent of lilacs, her baby-cheeked son methodically clicking Legos together, and herself hovering over the happiness of them all - only surrounded by ancient cobblestone alleys and the sound of ringing Italian. What she didn't know was how Italy would work to change them all.

©2015 Michelle Damiani (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Old Man Dowler
  • 11-05-19

Wonderful book

I loved this book and the narrator did a great job. What a warm and winsome story. I wish I had read/heard this book before we visited Spello.

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  • Mary Haddox
  • 21-11-22

Condescending tone from narrator and author

Would have loved it if it didn’t have so much expat America bashing and annoying end of chapter quips.

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  • Skerry
  • 27-12-21

Fall in love with Spello

As a newly retired woman who has dreamed for decades of moving to Italy, this book cemented encouraged me further. From beginning to end the author seemed to aspire for a real depiction, and not to gloss over the hardships involved. It is obvious that the many rewards of living in Spello far outweighed the obstacles faced to make it happen. How each of the children responded was interesting and heartwarming. I loved that I listened to this book, and didn’t read it, because I learned a bit of beautiful Italian along the way.
I’m seriously considering listening from the beginning once again, and definitely plan to visit Spello on an upcoming trip to Italy. Who knows, we may find a Spello of our own!
Well written, and each day I couldn’t wait to hear more of this sweet family’s adventures.

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  • Debra R. Bush
  • 26-11-20

Take me back to Italy

This book caused me to start dreaming again of living in Italy and truly taking my fluency to a higher level

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  • Crisitna Tunon
  • 05-11-20

Conflicted

Honestly, I’m not sure where I stand with this audio book. I flipped flopped so many times between thinking the writing was bad to thinking it was the narration was the problem. Ultimately, it was probably a little bit of both. I stuck through it because I had never found a autobiography like this where a whole family that moves abroad. Typically, it’s the experience is of a single person or married couple. Overall, her writing is a bit much. She’s repetitive in the description of the food and boy does she love her similes. Some parts were so cheesy that I couldn’t control my eye roll and the not so subtle words that would come out of my mouth. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this to anyone, but I don’t regret sticking it out to the end. It definitely could’ve been like 5 hours shorter, if not more. If you’re feeling like giving it a go, you’ve been warned. It probably won’t be the biggest waste of your time, but also be ready to ask yourself out loud (multiple times) why you’re still listening to it.

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  • Mark G
  • 16-06-20

Extremely light weight on all levels.

Extremely light weight on all levels. Somewhat pleasurable, evoking the silly pretty side of Italy. But, on the whole, pathetic. I could not finish it.