The Enchanted April

  • by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four very diverse women, all seeking revitalization and escape from the dreary February rains of 1920s London, rent the small medieval castle of San Salvatore, nestled high above the bay of Portofino, Italy. Arriving at San Salvatore, they find it awash with the scent of flowers, its olive groves terracing down to the sun-warmed sea.Mrs. Wilkins and Mrs. Arbuthnot are glad to leave their insipid duties and unresponsive husbands behind; the elderly Mrs. Fisher wishes only to sit in the sun and replay her youthful memories; and the bewitchingly beautiful Lady Caroline Dester desires to have seclusion from all adoring suitors. A month of blissful privacy at San Salvatore promises to be the remedy each of them is looking for. Amid the canopies of fragrant wisteria, in the sweet sunshine and melodious silence, four lives are transformed and resuscitated by the magic of San Salvatore.


What the Critics Say

"Nadia May's narration is excellent, especially in differentiating the women's voices and in reading their inner dialogues." (AudioFile)


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A trip to heaven!

Nadia May excels herself here as the narrator, she sounds as if she's enjoying reading the story. All in all, it's a lively, refreshing, simple book making it easy to listen to. One character in The Enchanted April describes their holiday in Italy, as taking place in heaven. Elizabeth Von Arnim also lavishly describes a garden and the flowers of Italy, interwoven in a lovely story. There's gentle comedy in here too, what more can you ask for?
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- Katie

The Enchanted April

I found this book very enjoyable. I saw the movie many years ago but couldn't remember much about it except for the fact that I enjoyed it. Listening to the book In Italy in April although rather corny seemed very appropriate. I thought the narrator was very good and the book conjured up vivid images of an Italian garden. I thought this captured the magic of Italy in spring
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2002
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.