The Venice I Know

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
Audio Book
Reviewed on 02/19/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Venice I Know is a work of non-fiction in the travel guide, slice-of-life, and European culture subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Margie Miklas and self-narrated for the audiobook version, this engaging work offers a refreshing departure from typical travel guides, presenting an authentic portrayal of Venice that delves into the real-life challenges faced by its inhabitants. Through engaging storytelling and firsthand experiences, Miklas provides invaluable insights into accommodations, dining, transportation, shopping, and must-see attractions, all while shedding light on the current issues confronting Venice and its people. Peppered with humorous anecdotes and practical travel advice, the audiobook captures the essence of Venice's vibrant culture and the resilience of its residents.

Author Margie Miklas's deep affection for the city shines through as she shares her encounters with locals, artisans, and chefs, offering listeners a genuine glimpse into everyday life in this iconic destination. I found the work deeply engaging right from the opening, offering such atmosphere and enthusiasm to craft an enriching experience that transported me straight to the beating heart of this enchanting city. Miklas's intimate knowledge of Venice, acquired through multiple visits and interactions with its inhabitants, infused the audiobook with authenticity and depth. I also really appreciated Miklas's candid approach to addressing the challenges faced by Venice, offering a balanced perspective that goes beyond surface-level descriptions and never rose-tinting the reality of the city’s struggles.

In terms of audiobook presentation, Miklas’s engaging narration style made it feel like I was embarking on a journey alongside her, exploring hidden gems and uncovering the city's lesser-known facets. Through her vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, Miklas succeeded in capturing the essence of Venice's timeless allure in a smooth, confident, and inviting voice that sounds professional and affectionate. Whether you're planning a trip to Venice or simply seeking a deeper understanding of its rich tapestry of history and culture, this wonderful volume serves as a comprehensive and enlightening companion. Overall, The Venice I Know is a must-listen for anyone seeking a genuine and insightful glimpse into this iconic destination, and I would certainly recommend it.