i like to read. i like to listen.
thought this book was much better than thec publisher's description and terribly lame cover make it out to be.
it's a great sweeping tragic yet hopeful story...jumping back and forth and all around through a 50 year period, over three countries, and quite a lot of characters.
the story surprised me with it's thoughtfulness, and well developed plot. the characters never quite surprised me with their uniquely devastating decisions. i really savored every word of this novel...and am so glad i didn't judge this book by its cover, as i would have passed it up and missed out on something quite wonderful.
Very good read. I thought at first that there were several stories, but in the end they all turn out to be connected. Very enjoyable. Great short stories in and of themselves.
City of Dreams. (But don't bother with the abridged version, and there is no unabridged audio version, so read the book)
His recounting of the Donner Party. The descriptions of the battery emplacements in Italy left over from WWII. His stories about Richard Burton (true or not, you've got to believe that he really was like he was described)
I laughed a lot. Especially at the Italian innkeeper's attempt to make his village a tourist stop, complete with beach (which he tried to build) and a tennis court high on the cliffs above his inn.
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One of my favorite audiobooks of 2013! The story, narration, characters, story were all fantastic. I couldn't put it down yet didn't want it the story to end.
After reading all the wonderful reviews and going back and forth for months I decide to get this book and was disappointed. I just did not get what all the hype was about.
Nonfiction writer by day, fiction lover by night.
I thought this was a good book, but it just didn't grab me the way it seems to have grabbed many others. I found some of the characters shallow and difficult to identify with, although the main guy was great.
I really would not recommend this book. I had read so many reviews, and I just found I got really bored listening to it.
The narration is excellent and the descriptive writing of the author come alive through this excellent performance. I had the privilege of visiting Rome and Edinburgh, two places mentioned in this book, so I could relate to certain parts of the story quite well. I also liked how so many of the characters stories were intertwined and developed throughout the novel.
Use of accent, dialect, expressive voice were all fantastic.
Although this book did not blow me away it is a worthwhile listen. As I said the performance of the Edoardo Ballerini, the beautiful setting of the book and the warm heartfelt story really do shine through.
The story line seemed to drag on for a very long time. Many of the chapters could have been edited and reduced. I felt like I would never get to the last hour.
It was very depessing. It seemed realistic but just too depressing if you are looking for a novel to escape.
The narrators ability to provide different accents and tone of voice for each character made it more like a dialogue or conversation instead of just reading aloud a text.
Having visited many of the cities mentioned in Italy, including Cinque Terre, I enjoyed hearing the description of the Italian landscape. I also enjoyed that different chapters focused on different characters and their perspective.
Didn't think I'd like being read to, but has made my commute almost bearable. The book was wonderful. Can't wait to find something new to hear.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book is. The story jumps back and forth in time and there are a lot of characters to keep up with, but it was very engaging. Also, it is beautifully written. The descriptions of the Italian coastal community and exchanges between the characters of Pasquale and Dee, both young and old, were so explicit and heartfelt that I felt like I was there.
I did notice for the first time something that I enjoy with e-books/treaditional books that you can't get with audio books - the ability to highlight. There were quite a few passages that were so well written or that spoke to me that in written form I would have wanted to highlight. Unfortunately, ya can't do that with the audio book.
I highly recommend this one.