Edoardo Ballerini does an excellent job. I live in Italy and was pleasantly surprised to hear this lovely language spoken with a proper accent.
There are many different stories told and in the end the listener is satisfied to know how they all end.
I would have read it the way he did----I'm Italian!
I seldom listen to a book in one sitting, I like to savor it in small pieces and imagine where the author will take me in the next chapter. Beautiful Ruins crosses continents, skips around time and has many characters, at times I felt as if I were reading many short stories.
This story was captivating and enjoyable from start to finish. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Probably not. It's was a good and interesting story, but just not at the top of my list. A little long and and not engrossing enough, I found my mind wandering as I listened
When the truth about Dee's "illness" came out
Maybe would have enjoyed it more had I read it rather than listened to it. It just really took too long to get to what wasn't even really worth getting to.
Frankly, I kept waiting for this book to get great. It never did. In the end I thought it was an okay story but I was disappointed in the lack of excitement. I wouldn't recommend.
The story was interesting and the narration was excellent. I enjoyed the movie history element.
I loved the Italian characters...both funny and well-developed.
The accents enriched each character. He is an amazing reader.
Not extreme--just enjoyed the experience and looked forward to hearing each episode.
Not my favorite book, but liked it more at the end.
I loved his accents and voices. You can't hear that if you read a book.
I would definitely take Pasquale Toursi because I see him as a man of character and virtue. He found the strength to do what was right and stand up against selfish people for the sake of others.
no..too slow for me
the interplay between the years most interesting.
life of actresses/actors least interesting
given some of the movies out there; yes.
the cover photo drew me in. But the story did not live up to the photo. I need characters I can like or relate to. Was missing that in this story.
While it took me a while to get into the story, once it got going I very much enjoyed it. As a Seattle native, though, the narrator's mispronunciation of many Seattle place names was incredibly distracting. I will never understand why checking the pronunciation of an unfamiliar place or word isn't more common among audiobook readers.
Tell us about yourself! I love books! I always have a book. I am reading on my nook for while I am at work, and a book ( or 2) on my iPhone from audible for while I am diving to and from work or cleaning the house.
I don't write many reviews because I am not an author and I don't like giving spoilers. This book was beautifully written. I felt I had to write a review Beautiful Ruins because I enjoyed it so much!
There are several characters in the book, but each is well developed and Jess Walter did a great job of making sure all of the loose ends were tied up by the end of the story. From the shores of Italy to The west coast of the USA I felt I was in each setting.
Edoardo Ballerini was wonderful. Speaking beautiful Italian sometimes and other times the voice of Deborah, and all of the characters in between. I was able to visualize the settings in the book as if I were watching a movie, or an extra in the story itself.
As I said, I am not a great author, but Jess Walter did a great job with this book. Give it a try and you will love it as much as I did.