Marietta: A Maid of Venice


Read by Michele Fry

(4.9 stars; 7 reviews)

This swash-buckling, romantic story of Zorzi Ballarin and Angelo Beroviero, master glass-blowers of Murano, Italy in the 1500's, is not entirely fiction. Many of the works of these artizans are preserved in the Museum of Murano, including their discovery of the clear glass we know as "crystal". Giovanni Beroviero, the lesser artist and jealous son, did indeed write the damning letter which brought Zorzi to trial before the Council of Ten (the original letter is still preserved). The treasured colored glass formulas of Paolo Godi are real. Arisa the Georgian slave mistress is fictional, but beautiful Eastern slaves were indeed bought and sold in Italy for many centuries. The patriarchal society that kept women walled in was real, and the myriad gondolas plying the canals, and the palaces of Venice in which much of the story takes place, are still there. Francis M. Crawford has woven a riveting tale of intrigue that never slacks off from first word to last. ( ~ Author's note and Michele Fry, Soloist) (11 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 31:54 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 2 31:07 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 3 29:35 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 4 29:47 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 5 27:38 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 6 29:09 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 7 29:19 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 8 26:55 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 9 29:22 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 10 28:43 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 11 30:05 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 12 30:34 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 13 28:58 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 14 29:12 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 15 30:06 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 16 29:22 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 17 27:37 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 18 29:57 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 19 29:46 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 20 29:39 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 21 30:55 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 22 35:20 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 23 23:28 Read by Michele Fry
Chapter 24 16:23 Read by Michele Fry

Reviews

(5 stars)

I liked the book. It was interesting to learn about Murano glass blowing and the story had plenty of love and adventure in it.