This book had too many insignificant characters that were given too much "screentime," for a lack of an equivalent reading/listening word. The book jumps around way too much, not just between different groups of people and not just into different times, but with different groups of people in different times. It doesn't just jump between 1962 and the present - it jumps to 2005, 1970, 1980, etc. It just gets to be too much.
A good book or movie allows you to suspend reality - no matter how strange or unrealistic the plot is. But this book was very poorly written and I just couldn't imagine anything like this ever happening.
The narrator was very good though.
I felt the story goes downhill at the end. It felt like such an abrupt closure after 9 hours of build up. Worth listening to, though. The performance was done really well in my opinion.
Bought this book based upon all of the raving reviews. It was over rated. I finished the whole thing, but I wasn't in any hurry. There wasn't anything about this book that caused me to want to hear more, and it seemed to just plod along. Personally, I'd save the credit for a better story.
Ballerini did a great job and following the characters through their journey during the different time periods was captivating. I love how the wnding broke down where everyone ended up. people who like closure will love this book.
Enjoyed this book. The story flips from sleepy small-town Italy to Hollywood to the UK and blends timelines from WWII to the 70's to modern times. There are a number of key characters we follow -including an upstart Hollywood publicist navigating the mess from a famous star - plus quite a few minor characters, including the sad story of a whore. The ending ties up loose ends which was rewarding as a reader.
How the characters were "built up" throughout the story, their conenctions, their development, their individuality.
Not one moment, but the sad wonderful sweet love between Pascale and Dee and wondering what could have been.....
Edoardo is simply amazing. I know him from other books (Robert MacCammon's series on Mathew Corbett) and I chose this book mostly because I wanted to hear him. He is one of my favorite narrators. He has the most amazing talent to choose the correct accent/vibe/energy for each character. And he does both british and american so well. He rocks.
I had no expectations to this book and therefore I was very impressed with the way the author interweaved the story so well, back and forth in time, so many characters and how they influenced each other, the charachters were real and believeable. Simply superb. I will look into other stories by the author. And of course, as I said, Eduardo Ballerini is a masterful narrator.
A lovely story.
I so enjoyed the ways the characters are developed and how their stories cross.
Not necessarily laugh or cry...just feel.
In 3 years of Audible, I have never had the pleasure of listening to such an incredible narrator. He had to do a dozen different voices, and he NAILED it every time! I will listen to anything this man narrates from now on.
The book was great, but I feel like I can't recommend it to my sisters or mother or friends because of the language. It would be one of the best books I've ever read if it weren't for the language. I would edit a copy of the book for people, but then they'd miss out on Edoardo Ballerini's performance! I'm a little torn.
Such a dear heartfelt story! After reading just 2 chapters I realized how much my husband would enjoy this story. The real bonus is listening to the book is the Italian accents. We chuckled through all 12 hours(I cried a little ,too.) But if you read the story,you would never get the great sing-song melody of the true Italian dialect. certainly
Certainly,but you can't really listen for that many hours.
Appealing to both men and women. Story line switches were very accomplished. You will fall in love with all the characters.
I think the author captures the 1960's portion of this book well and the Narrator was astonishing with his abilities to really bring out all the various characters and their very diverse accents; but overall the story was dull, drifted far from its cover description and a little disjointed at times. I felt like there were too many characters. A few of those characters I'm still puzzled about their inclusion. The story behind the story was boring to me. This was not the novel I thought I was getting into and I'm confused by the many 5 star ratings I see. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend; I feel like it was a waste of time.
I wanted more. I felt like it was dry and a whole book was built up to a moment that lasted so briefly with very little emotion or feeling. The shallow characters hogged up too many pages and were a needless waste of space. Too hurried.
No I haven't but I would like to hear other performances by him.