I am usually drawn to mysteries or comedies, but was intrigued by the number of positive reviews. With most audiobooks, I listen while walking the dog or driving to work. But with Beautiful Ruins, I couldn't unplug the earbuds. I was immediately drawn into the characters and the author's rich descriptions of time and places.
I can't seem to stop reading, so Audible is perfect. Now I can "read" at times that were previously impossible. Walking, cleaning, cooking..
I loved the multiple story lines, and the way they all eventually interwove. Walter did an amazing job keeping everything moving and tying it all in without any loose ends.
The characters and how they were all so real. People trying to do their best in life (well, all except Michael Dean), but all of them were scarred and broken in some way. Just like the most interesting people in your own life.
I loved a lot of the scenes, but I think my favorite part was the recap where Walter broke even the minor characters. It was brutal, but so affecting.
I don't think I had any extremes, although I was caught up in it ever minute. There were definitely funny parts and truly heart-wrenching parts as well, but throughout it all, there was a sense of realism and the desire of the characters to just keep going. It truly was a reflection of real life to me.
I thought the narrator was perfect for this book. The story was a lovely get away and I enjoyed the time jumping.
The fact that it wasn't predictable.
Emotion, understanding, enthusiasm and pure entertainment.
I thought of sharing this book so that someone else may to have a great escape.
I have to start every review by sayning I hate to write reviews because: 1- taste is subjective, and 2- I hate most of what I read or listen to. That being said- I love the audio version of this book. I don't think I would have liked it so much if I read it. The narration is terrific. The story is compelling and I wanted it to go on forever. It's one of those "now what am I gonna read" stories because you know whatever book you read next will not be as good.
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.