I was not familiar with the author and actually downloaded this book by mistake. Glad I did! Thoroughly entertaining story, great reader. I've only listened to a few books but this is up in the top ten.
The description of Dean and all his plastic surgeries.
Pascuale. Because he had more depth to him than anyone else.
I would probable not read another book by Jess Walter just because I prefer other styles of writing. I will definitely look for books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini; he has an amazing range of voices.
I am not sure, might give it another try but ....
I like the narrator
No, it was just an ok read.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot is complicated, the stories are rich, and the characters are a bit surreal. There are also some very funny moments (soliloquies from Richard Burton, no less) and the narration is exceptional. The story begins in Italy. It's the Hollywood heyday of the early 60's with its bigger-than-life American glamour and epic romances (Liz and Dick). A beautiful and mysterious woman arrives at a seaside village and the story unfolds. Then, just as you're getting comfortable here, the story does a flash forward to the not-so-glamorous present day Hollywood. Somehow, the author weaves these and other places, times, and people together to create rich, wonderful stories about life, love and happiness. I'd listen to this one again.
I would indeed. A friend recommended it to me as well. It was a well woven story with intrigue and love. Wonderful!
Another story of life and choices. Possibly a few characters with little impact on the story that could have been left out or abbreviated.. At times a muddle of years forward and backward and stores with in the story.Liked the feel of the Italian costal village theme and the little link to Burton, Liz and Cleopatra.
I really can't say it any better than the publishers review. The writing was superb and eloquently read by Edoardo Ballerini, an excellent choice to perform this work. I thoroughly enjoyed the entangled plot between characters and times, and yet; would I say it was the best book I've read, or the most engrossing book: no, it was not. If you enjoy wonderful writing, interesting characters and the interplay and relationships between humans beings, then you will love this book. I highly recommend it.
I'm not sure really where this story is going, I'm 3/4 of the way through it and I'm struggling to finish it.
lives worth living
Freedom by johnathon franzen
characters are well developed, complex, flawed
-deals with family, love/hate, choices
his reading brought the story to life. He moves effortlessly between English and Italian which adds European flair to the story
Each character is well developed with entire chapters for each one. Michael Dean is a amoral, shallow, selfish sociopathic narcissist aka hollywood producer and alot of fun
the author took 15 years to write this book and it shows. Every word is perfect, almost like prose
I would think so, because of all the accents.
The Help. The narration was excellent for this book too.
I loved how he flowed so effortlessly from American, to Italian, from Male to Female. It was a pleasure just to listen to his performance.
I just didn't want it to end. I loved the ending, but if it just kept going, I would still be listening. I laughed out loud a few times. I could picture each person, young and old with the great descriptions.
I plan to listen to many more books written by Jess Walter and narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.