Bel Canto

Written by:
Ann Patchett
Narrated by:
Anna Fields

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2004
11 hours 20 minutes
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Winner of the Orange Prize • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

''Bel Canto is its own universe. A marvel of a book.'' —Washington Post Book World

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett’s spellbinding novel about love and opera, and the unifying ways people learn to communicate across cultural barriers in times of crisis

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.

Patchett's lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.
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Gina M.

Such lovely writing! An impossibly beautiful story. I couldn’t put it down. The narrator was excellent.

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Sheryl S.

Poor ending.

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Excellent book! We read it for book club!

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Sophia E.

Was a interesting book

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I really liked this book, although the epilogue was a bit disappointing. It was surprisingly gripping and I thought the narrator was great, handling a range of accents very well - except for her Russian :)

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Danielle R

Excellent narrator, one of my favourite so far. Loved how she embodied each character. I really enjoyed the book too - a unique storytelling plot that keeps you engaged.

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Patricia M

It was an interesting read. I liked the premise of the story. The only problem I had was it took a long time for the story and then ended abruptly. There were too many loose ends. The ending made no sense to me.

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Joan Lindell Olsen

The narration was so dull and irritating that I couldn't make it through the book. Also the story was slow and repetitive. The characters were not believable. Not the author's best work by far. Save your money or credits and listen to Ann Pachett's Commonwealth instead.

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Tamara Malan

It was interesting, I must admit I was very disappointed with the ending.

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