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Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Bel Canto - Audio CD - Unabridged
Author: Ann Patchett, Anna Fields (Narrator)
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...  more
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ISBN-13: 9780061429491
ISBN-10: 006142949X
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Edition: Unabridged
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 361 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
The writing and plot certainly kept me going and made me want to finish, but as others have stated, the ending fell flat. Just as the ending can ruin the most beautiful piece of music, this did. It put me off of Patchett for a while, as I felt the end and epilogue were tacked on ... but for no reason I could possibly think of. Made me consider the rest of the story "unreal" in retrospect.
reviewed Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Delightful story of a hostage crisis in which South American, American and Japanese visitors all learn to survive together, and the surprising relationaships that form in this vacuum without normal cultural barriers. Very suspenseful and emotional. Different from anything else you will read.
reviewed Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 337 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Unusual and facinating study of fear, accommodation and communication. There is nothing ordinary about Bel Canto.

The story opens at a diplomatic event in a third world country - a birthday party for the head of a Japanese electronics giant, featuring a world-renowned soprano and attended by a Who's Who of local politicians and international financiers and businessmen. When terrorists take the gathering hostage but can't find the president of the country (who is home watching his favorite soap opera), they are nonplussed.

The weeks-long hostage situation forms the basis for Patchett's story, and it's worth the time.
reviewed Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 84 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
A warm and poignant story despite it's unlikely plot -- a group of diplomats and distinguished guests of the president of a south american country are taken hostage by a group of terrorists. In the course of the novel we come to understand what motivates people's deepest yearnings and desires, and to care very much about the characters we are meeting.
reviewed Bel Canto (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Outstanding. Based on true story of an abduction in South America, this gripping novel opens the doors to the worlds of opera, a rich industrialist, a working class translator, and a crew of desparate rebels.
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