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Publisher's Summary

A young American studying in Rome gets swept up in the glamorous world of cinema when he meets a beautiful Italian actress near the end of her career and an irrepressible American TV star hoping to revive his. 

In this romantic and comic story about class, language, and the art of reinvention, “Nebraska Jack" Rigel is about to quit his Latin studies program at the Vatican when he suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the mysterious and ethereal Angelina Amadio, the famous Angel of Rome. Hired to translate the romantic feelings of the unpredictable former TV detective Ronnie Tower, Jack must navigate these two forces of nature in a Rome of late night bars and fancy villas, as he searches for his own role to play.

©2021 Jess Walter and Edoardo Ballerini (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Jess Walter is the author of nine books, most recently the national bestseller, The Cold Millions, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins, performed as an award-winning audio book by Edoardo Ballerini. Walter's 2006 novel The Zero was a finalist for the National Book Award and Citizen Vince won the Edgar Award for best novel. Walter's work has been published in 34 languages, and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories. "The Angel of Rome" will appear in his tenth book, a collection of short stories due out in the summer of 2022. A former journalist from a family of cattle ranchers, Walter lives with his family in Spokane, Washington.

About the Creator and Performer

Edoardo Ballerini has narrated over 250 audiobooks and appeared in over 50 films and television series, including The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire. His 2013 recording of Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins was named Audible’s Audiobook of the Year and earned him the Audie Award for Best Solo Narration. He won a second Audie Award for Best Male Narrator, for his reading of Dean Koontz’s Watchers in 2019. He recently completed work on Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, which has garnered international acclaim. He lives in New York.

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Highly recommended

I absolutely loved it.The vocalizations were excellent,, they were very diverse and enjoyable. The entire story had me laughing out loud. It was funny yet very poignant. I wondered how much was true and had to look up the movie The Feeding . It was real and there was even an actress named Kara Maria Amedon! I
I did not want the story to end. I love my experiences with Audible.

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Too marvelous for words

I immediately downloaded this book when I saw Jess Walter’s name. The combo of author, and narrator, Ballerini, kept me up all night laughing and crying.
Thanks to all who share in bringing The Angel of Rome to the Audible audience!

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nice story line

I have listened to a few podcasts that have had me screaming with laughter and this is not one of them....this story was more of a romantic drama...kinda of like one of those old Italian films or a Barbara Streisand movie....I liked and I would revisit it again when ever I'm in a romantic mood

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Don’t miss this

A thoughtful and fun exploration of friendship. I must write that there are some funny laugh out loud sections regarding translations. Short but tightly woven. I will remember it.

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unexpectedly wonderful

not at all the rom com I expected
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Delightful!

I loved this charming, funny story! The narrator was wonderful and very good at performing many different characters and accents. I only wish it had been longer.

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great engaging short.

A story that uses cute but not corny plot devices to show how we can come to understanding of who we are and how we can become
who we are meant to be.

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Great entertainment

This was a really fun listen. The charterers were colorful but thoughtful.
Contemporary and classic. Great for an afternoon stroll

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Excellent

Short, but well done with an interesting and unexpected story line. I highly recommend it!

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Serendipity happens!

If you are at a crossroads in your life, like me, gift your self a listen to this poignant and charming story. With not so much as a gift box & bow type of happy ending, but a positive one that is realistic and true to the main character’s values. Mr Ballerini’s narration was entertaining and pleasant to listen to. I enjoyed The Angel of Rome very much. It is worth a second listen!

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  • 10-18-21

great

loved this!! A Short story, but with such depth. Great narration, awesome story, highly recommended.

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  • 10-18-21

Great story

Loved this from start to end. Witty, quirky and thoughtful. Great narration and interesting characters.

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  • 10-17-21

Incredibly boring sorry!

So slow to get going, but then it just went nowhere! Pleased it was only short!

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  • Maggie
  • 10-16-21

a happy little story

I really enjoyed my visit to Rome via this audible. Beautifully spoken by one of the authors it seems he lived it. Loved the characters.