This story has Heart and Soul.
There are so many great reviews previously written I don't think there is anything new I could add.
I could listen to Edoardo Bellerini read the ingredients on a cereal box and it would take it to the next level. Listening to him read this book is sublime.
I love audible to listen to my books while commuting in the SF Bay Area. It makes the time go by so fast and keeps me engrossed.
A little slow at the beginning, but once it gets going it is quite a tail of two different times that finally mesh at the end with great stories and historical relevances that make it even more interesting.
No, but this adds immeasurably to my understanding of the book, its' characters and plot
deliberate, layered, original
Pasquale, aged and trying to make sense of a self-absorbed Hollywood agent.
Just not my taste...he was OK, and I did appreciate his authentic Italian pronunciations, but his voice is just a little too narcotic for me.
This led me to read the rest of Jess Walters' books. The one regret I had with this book is that the author's sleep-inducing (for me, anyway) delivery caused me to miss and repeat many parts of the book. I'd probably rather have read it, so I could give it the attention it deserved.
It might be better read instead of listened to. It was hard for me to remember what time I was in.
There were too many characters and too much jumping all over the place in time. Although I'm an old movie fan, I thought the Richard Burton scenes were dull.
The reader was good with the Italian.
There were touching moments and good writing and I was glad I waited to see how it ended.
Yes! Struggling to read the Italian and differentiating Italian character voices would have lessoned the impact.
Dee's first arrival at the hotel. I got caught up in Pascuale's(sp) love-at-first sight.
He brings the Italian to life, adding emotion so I can sometimes grasp the meaning without translation.
Laugh out loud! The fisherman's salty insults cracked me up.
What a magnificent work this novel is. And Edoardo Ballerini's performance of it cannot be bettered. He is a wonderfully sensitive interpreter who is able to subtly differentiate the voices of every character. We're especially lucky that his Italian is impeccable, as the book is liberally sprinkled with Italian names and dialogue that, in his mouth, sound completely natural and authentic.
Possibly THE GREAT GATSBY in its sense of romantic yearning. But the book is totally original, and really quite unlike anything else I've read.
This is the first I've heard, but I'm looking forward to more.
A moving story of doomed love, missed connections, the capriciousness of fate, and the transformative power of art.
Some of the story lines were really good and I was interested to see how all of the characters and stories fit together. But it just kept going on and on and on and I just wanted it to be over. Especially the end, with all of the detail about every minor character and how his or her life turned out. I rarely say it, but I'm glad this book is over, which is a shame because there really are some good parts.
This is a very sound novel. It is well-written. The narration is perfect, the Italian impeccable. However, I just got bored with it after a while. When you find yourself asking yourself throughout the novel, "Why do I still care?" it is a bad sign. I lost interest in the characters and didn't feel like there was enough promise of a payoff at the end to continue the last hour of the book. There is nothing wrong with the writer's talent, however I personally felt it wasn't a good story. I'm surprised it has so many glowing reviews.
Edoardo Ballerini's skill with different characters' voices is fantastic. He deftly switches between English and Italian, convincingly portraying various accents and mannerisms.
The author's ability to weave an effective story through multiple times and locations.
The pronunciation of Italian words and phrases is the most obvious element I would have missed. I also enjoyed his interpretations of broken English and poorly pronounced Italian, as spoken by characters unskilled in those languages.
I kept coming across recommendations for this book and dismissing them. Each time, I would read the description and think "that book is not my style, I'll pass." But then I had some extra Audible credits to burn and decided to give it a shot. It's not the sort of book I typically read, but I'm glad I picked it up. I enjoyed it thoroughly.