Bel Canto

Bel Canto

Audiobook CD - 2007
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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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, c2007
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780061429491
Branch Call Number: CDA FIC PAT
CDA FIC PAT
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 11.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Fields, Anna

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ChelseaJM Jun 16, 2016

I think this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! It starts off a bit slow but stick with it, things really intensify and before long, you'll be completely gripped! I'd explain further, but I don't want to spoil it--I'll just say this is both suspenseful and romantic, and is very well written--you can almost hear the music!

librarylizzard Apr 26, 2014

I was left speechless by this book - a Stockholm Syndrome situation where the captors and captives live side-by-side in harmony as the relationships between them deepen and complicate. The book has no sole main character, but Gen, the translator, is intimately entwined in the plot since he is the only person that can bridge the many language barriers between the terrorists and the hostages. The ending is not picture perfect by any means, but it is a wild ride and one that I greatly enjoyed.

JCLTriciaS Dec 11, 2013

Fascinating story about language, love and how we react to an unusual situation. I found myself waiting, as the hostages did, for the story to have a crescendo of action, that is,after all, the formula we have become accustom to in movies and television. This story will feel different and that is good, being held hostage feels different and the pace of this story gets you close to that experience. This story was inspired by true events which occurred in the Japanese embassy in 1996. Well worth a listen.

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dish_24
Dec 11, 2013

Fascinating story about language, love and how we react to an unusual situation. I found myself waiting, as the hostages did, for the story to have a crescendo of action, that is,after all, the formula we have become accustom to in movies and television. This story will feel different and that is good, being held hostage feels different and the pace of this story gets you close to that experience. This story was inspired by true events which occurred in the Japanese embassy in 1996. Well worth a listen.

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Beshoy
Jun 12, 2011

This book should be available for readers or as an electronic resource.

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