Ciao Bella!: Six Take Italy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Kate Langbroek’s deliciously funny, irreverent, and inspiring memoir about moving to Bologna with her family to seek la dolce vita is a glorious reminder of what we can learn from the Italians about living life to the fullest - and what really matters when the world goes to hell in a handbasket.
"I wasn’t looking to fall in love. It just happened. There were moments, encounters as fleeting as feelings. Sometimes - tellingly - they emerged from chaos."
When Kate Langbroek first dreamed of moving to Italy, she imagined a magnificent sun-drenched pastiche of long lunches and wandering through cobbled laneways clutching a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of wine, Sophia Loren-style, while handsome men called out ‘Ciao Bella!’
In the stark light of day, the dream Kate shared with her husband, Peter, after an idyllic holiday in Italy seemed like madness. They didn’t speak Italian. They knew no one in Italy. They had four children. Kate also had the best job in the world on a top-rating radio show with her longtime friend Dave Hughes.
But the siren song of Italy was irresistible. This would be the adventure of a lifetime, a precious opportunity to spend more time with their children - Lewis, Sunday, Artie, and Jannie - and it came from a deep well inside to seize life after they almost lost Lewis to leukaemia.
Ciao Bella! is about having a dream and living it as Kate shares the sublime joys and utter chaos of adapting to a new life in Bologna, what you discover about yourself when you are a stranger in a strange land, and how she fell in love.
With a country.
Deliciously funny, irreverent, inspiring, and often deeply moving, Ciao Bella! is Kate’s love letter to Italy and her family. It is also a glorious reminder of what Italians can teach us about living life to the full - and what really matters when the world goes to hell in a handbasket.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 43 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 November 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Australia|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 169 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in Biographies of Women (Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Biographies of Women (Books)
24 in Memoirs (Books)
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What a walk down memory lane ..what a wonderful family.. what a great experience ..what a great author.
Read this book and feel like you are there with them. Then share with other lovers of holidaying in Italy .
I just wish I could spend a couple of years there too !
Be sure to read this delightful book.
Making reference to online mapping services and their associated business links means that you can carry out an online visit to most of the cafes, restaurants, bars and points of interest that the family and their friends visited. At one stage I felt that the author was sitting opposite me and relating the stories and adventures in person.
A highly recommended book!
As a woman, a mother, an Australian, an Italianophile and a foodie this was a delightful, poignant and glorious read.
I am full of admiration for Kate Langbroek - for her writing, her humour, her humanity, her curiosity and the overwhelming love for family, friends, food and all things Italian that shines out in this book
Any gastronomes out there will be fascinated, as she so delicately describes her mouth watering dishes that she and her family savoured through their journey.