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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.

Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon, he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride.

The Gondola Maker brings the centuries-old art of gondola making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

©2014 Laura Morelli (P)2016 Laura Morelli

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an engaging tale for art lovers

I enjoyed this 'up close and personal' view of Venetian boatmen's society in its heyday.

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  • 29-03-2017

Excellent narration

I am very glad that I chose to enjoy this book through narration. Having names correctly pronounced brought the story to life. I rarely listen to a book, but it was a wise choice for The Gondola Maker. Very well researched story. Very well written. Outstanding narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-2018

enjoyable

I found the redsd/auditable, quite enjoyable. the story was well developed and the characters were believable.

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  • 13-10-2020

Brilliantly told

Loved it. I finished in a couple of days. it helped that the story teller was a good one.

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  • 31-07-2019

immerse yourself in 16th century Venice!

This is a delightfully captivating story of a young Venetian struggling to reach for his dreams. A particularly fun read for someone who knows venice, even a bit.

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  • Fiona Griffiths
  • 08-11-2017

Interesting story but shame about the monotone voice

The story’s quite interesting, and I even like the Italian accent of the reader - Edoardo Camponeschi - which gives it a Venetian feel. Unfortunately the reader has a very robotic and monotone voice, which is not conducive to the story. I will be avoiding any other stories using him as the reader.

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