On excursions into the streets of night-time Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and witnesses the rise of the fiery young priest, Savanarola, who has set out to rid the city of vice, richness, even art itself. Alessandra must make crucial decisions about the shape of her adult life, as Florence itself must choose between the old ways of the luxury-loving Medicis and the asceticism of Savanorola. And through it all, there is the painter, whose love will change everything.
What members say
Incoherent abridgement - ludicrious references
Would you try another book from Sarah Dunant and/or Jenny Sterling?
Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Dunant again?
What didn’t you like about Jenny Sterling’s performance?
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Birth of Venus?
it was an incoherent abridgement - unbalanced. Long drawn out parts and then rushing through teh last 1/2 of the story in the last hour. To be fair, I do not like abridged versions and msised that when I ordered it, but it was terribly done in this case.
Any additional comments?
Especially annoying - having a 15th century narrator use words like "crap" and talk about contractions being 5 min apart - discredited the whole suspended disbelief.
- Lara and dave
a very good delightful book investing heard many times enjoybel read one to curl up in the garden