Anywhere but Home: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The English-language debut of the acclaimed international bestseller - Anywhere but Home crosses continents, cultures, and generations to tell a sweeping story of self-discovery, finding your own place in a new world, and the revelatory mysteries of being a family.
Milan, 2014. Julia, a young and brilliant German designer, is about to launch the fashion show that could bring the breakthrough success she has sacrificed so much to achieve. All her dreams for the future are on the brink of reality - until an unknown past comes to find her. A grandfather she never knew existed approaches her with an astonishing claim. Julia’s father, believed dead for decades, is still alive. As a great lie is revealed, Julia embarks on a journey to uncover the lost pieces of her past. It takes her on a tour through Italy - from Milan to Naples to Sicily, back three generations to an immigrant heritage that struggled to build new roots in Germany after the war, and to secrets that have remained hidden for sixty years.
Milan, 1954. Vincent, a handsome German engineer for BMW, arrives with the task of testing the Isetta, a revolutionary Italian car. His interpreter is the talented and enigmatic Giulietta, and the two soon fall passionately in love. Giulietta is full of life and dreams - she loves to design and sew clothes - but is held back by her family, who emigrated from Sicily, and by a promise that already binds her to another man. She will find herself forced to choose between love and duty, freedom and tradition - it is a choice that will mark the fate of generations to come.
A saga of love and loss between two people and two countries, Anywhere but Home is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of forging new lives across foreign landscapes and cultures, of old wounds and forgiveness, and of the enduring bonds of family.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 41 minutes|
|Author||Daniel Speck, Jaime McGill - translator|
|Narrator||Will Damron, Angela Dawe|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 11, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #89,133 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#170 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,633 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Books)
#5,092 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2020
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Yes it was great reading about family generational problems from Italy to Germany. It was great reading & listening to 2 narrators— I just felt the author Daniel Speck just ended the book too soon.
Sure it was a long novel anyway & there was so many sad moments from the family—but as an immigrant myself it’s truly hard to make ends meet as well as get used to being bullied from another country.
I was expecting a great ending & it didn’t come. Like I said I felt the author was tired of writing & let’s give it a happy ending in a 10 minute last chapter.
I seem to find way too many books like this!!
I do recommend. You will enjoy the issues that come up with certain characters & you’ll probably dislike MANY things they do as well. I gave it a 3 star but it’s closer to 3.8.
PLEASE listen too—it gave The novel excellent pronunciation in Italian & German & I’m pretty much in love with the male narrator, who’s name just left me!
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The story is of love, generally unrequited, ambitions fulfilled and unfulfilled, the clash of cultures, changing priorities, of migrant labour in post-war Germany, and self-discovery.
Speck's own love of cars is reflected a little and forms part of the backdrop, He tells his story in a way that is engaging and absorbing, and took me on an emotional roller-coaster. His descriptive writing takes one to the story settings so that you can virtually touch, smell and feel the scenes.
Jamie's translation is so good that it gives the impression that it was always in English.