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  • The Towers of Tuscany

  • By: Carol M. Cram
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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The Towers of Tuscany

By: Carol M. Cram
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
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Summary

Sofia is trained in secret as a painter in her father's workshop during a time when women did not paint openly. She loves her work, but her restless spirit leads her to betray her extraordinary gifts to marry a man who comes to despise her for not producing a son.

After Sofia's father is crushed by his own fresco during an attack motivated by a vendetta, Sofia realizes she must escape her loveless marriage. She flees to Siena, where, disguised as a boy, she paints again. When her work attracts the notice of a nobleman who discovers the woman under the dirty smock, Sofia is faced with a choice that nearly destroys her.

Meticulously researched settings and compelling characters are united with a strong heroine in this rich portrait of medieval Italy.

©2014 Carol M. Cram (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Lousy ending.

An interesting book about the painters in mediaval Italy and how they worked. Enjoyed the depiction of Italy in those times and the story wasn't too bad except for the last improbable chapter.
Narration was first class.

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THE BEST BOOK EVER ,EVEN WITH ITS SAD ENDING!!!

Loved. ,it , couldn't put it down! Will read it again & again

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  • Franchesca
  • 11-09-17

Enjoyed and learned

I was very entertained by the story and enjoyed learning about certain aspects of life in Italy as a painter. I learned more about the Black Plague. Definitely had my attention from beginning to end!

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  • Grafix Doctor
  • 09-07-17

A romance for art lovers

Set in the 14th century, at the cusp of representational art and religious upheaval, this is about the struggle of a woman to manifest her talent and passion in the early renaissance. Detailed descriptions of the meticulous preparation and technique of painting are blended with the story elements. A good read and listening experience.

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  • Terri A.
  • 05-06-16

I enjoyed this story.

I was not sure if I would like this audiobook, but I ended up really getting into it. Very good story.

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  • Patricia
  • 08-01-16

Good read.

What did you love best about The Towers of Tuscany?

Description of cities and characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Ending seemed chopped off as if she suddenly ran out of material.

What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Pleasant clear voice. Good accent on Italian words. Good character voices.

Who was the most memorable character of The Towers of Tuscany and why?

Sophia, she undergoes a change in her personal and emotional development. Then Francesco.

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  • cgd
  • 25-07-15

could have been a lot better

characters' dialogue is terribly dull, predictable and hard to listen to, as well as incredibly repetitive. Heroine is often obnoxiously stupid. the details on painting are the only redeeming qualities.. the narrator's nasal tone borders on whining.

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  • Erich
  • 29-06-19

must read

great storyline. A woman's struggle to survive when women had no rights. must read. will definitely listen again.

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  • StrayPup
  • 22-10-18

More of a romance novel

This tale set in medieval Italy about a young woman willing to sacrifice herself (and those in her orbit) to pursue her love of creating great art could have been an interesting and compelling story. The book seems to be well-researched, seasoned with interesting art techniques and scenes of daily life of the period. Sadly, after a couple of promising hours of listening, it spirals into the improbable world of a romance novel. I gave it another hour, hoping that a good story would resurface--but it didn't. The reader's style was not a good match for a period novel and seems better suited to contemporary literature.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-10-18

Superb writing

This novel was written very well. Imagery and detail was fantastic. The plot was intriguing. The problem I had was the ending. I understand with historical fiction that you can’t change the facts, but the ending seemed very disjointed and abrupt. I had trouble connecting with the main character as well. She seemed very cold and uncaring throughout the novel.

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  • Mariya Barykina Coon
  • 23-05-18

Cara Mia 😱

The beginning of the book had a big promise and I hoped that story would unravel more intricate, but after 4 hours of listening it did not change. Same conversations between characters, poor people are dumb and rich people are overrated. Yes, I understand that this probably was written to describe that timeline more realistic, but on personal level I did not like it. I love complicated stories and true feelings, this story just like a cookie-cutter, I already know how it will end not finish listening it. I wish that story would be more intriguing the it is

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  • P. Gilbert
  • 30-08-17

Thoughtful historic fiction

Story was interesting and I always finish a novel once started, however the reader's voice annoyed me to no end. It was almost a whine. My ancestors are from Luca and most things Tuscan are appealing to me so I read the printed word when I could and only listened to the whine when I was indisposed.