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What would have made The Italian Wife better?
A stronger "mystery". The through line for the lead character seemed to be "who would shoot my unpleasant murderer husband" and the answer seemed to be "anybody, he was an unpleasant murderer". Then she was baffled as to why, again, see "unpleasant murderer".I really failed to understand how that element was in any way supposed to grip a listener.
What could Kate Furnivall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
A less easily wrapped up plot, a better hook with the husband and fewer magical escapes just before it looks like it's all over.
Which character – as performed by Jane McDowell – was your favourite?
Jane McDowell read beautifully. Wonderful lilts of accents without making it hard to a non Italian speaker.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It flowed and I finished listening to it. It's a fascinating setting and concept with some lovely description.
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