Bel canto [sound recording] / Ann Patchett.
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- ISBN: 9780061429491
- ISBN: 006142949X
- Physical Description: 9 audio discs (approximately 11.5 hours) digital, ... Read More
- Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, ℗2001.
- Copyright: ©2001.
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Performed by Anna Fields.
"Ann Patchett's award winning, New York Times ... Read More
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- AudioFile Reviews : AudioFile Reviews 2001 October/November
Mixing art and politics can have unexpected results, but rarely are they so poignant. A birthday party is held for a Japanese CEO in an anonymous Spanish-speaking country. World-class lyric soprano Roxane Coss is the irresistible bait for the opera-loving Mr. Hosokawa. As she finishes singing, terrorists burst in and take everyone hostage. So begins a four-and-a-half-month siege, during which friendships and love grow between guests and gunmen. Anna Fields offers up each moment, each character slowly and deliberately, taking time to savor every subtlety. Her performance is the essence of bel canto, easy, pure of tone, with an agile, precise vocal technique. S.J.H. ¬ AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine
- BookPage Reviews : BookPage Reviews 2001 September
Captors and captives
Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese electronics mega-mogul and passionate lover of opera, came to the vice-presidential mansion on the edge of the jungle in a South American capital (a thinly disguised Lima) to hear Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, sing. The other important guests came to flatter Mr. Hosokawa. As Roxanne is preparing for an encore, the mansion is suddenly taken over by a group of revolutionaries hoping to kidnap the country's president. So begins Bel Canto, Ann Patchett's wholly captivating novel that chronicles the months that the hostages, 39 men and one world-famous diva, and hostage-takers, a rag-tag group of rebels-on-the-mild- side, spend together. Intense relationships are almost unavoidable in this tight space, and the relationships Patchett explores are funny, lyric, sad and totally compelling. Anna Fields' performance is faultless and one only misses hearing Roxanne actually sing.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month. Copyright 2001 BookPage Reviews
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2001 February #2
In this tale by the author of such critically praised works as The Magician's Assistant, a terrorist takeover at an embassy party throws together an American diva and a Japanese CEO who is one of her biggest fans. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
- Library Journal Reviews : LJ Reviews 2001 November #1
Opera and terrorism make strange bedfellows, yet in this novel they complement each other nicely. At a birthday party for Japanese industrialist Mr. Hosokawa somewhere in South America, famous American soprano Roxanne Coss is just finishing her recital in the Vice President's home when armed terrorists appear, intending to take the President hostage. However, he is not there, so instead they hold the international businesspeople and diplomats at the party, releasing all the women except Roxanne. Captors and their prisoners settle into a strange domesticity, with the opera diva captivating them all as she does her daily practicing. Soon romantic liaisons develop with the hopeless intensity found in many opera plots. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars) balances terrorism, love, and music nicely here. Anna Fields has a pleasant voice and reads clearly, although she doesn't differentiate among the characters especially well. The tape quality is excellent. Recommended for large public libraries. Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.