Such a dear heartfelt story! After reading just 2 chapters I realized how much my husband would enjoy this story. The real bonus is listening to the book is the Italian accents. We chuckled through all 12 hours(I cried a little ,too.) But if you read the story,you would never get the great sing-song melody of the true Italian dialect. certainly
Certainly,but you can't really listen for that many hours.
Appealing to both men and women. Story line switches were very accomplished. You will fall in love with all the characters.
I think the author captures the 1960's portion of this book well and the Narrator was astonishing with his abilities to really bring out all the various characters and their very diverse accents; but overall the story was dull, drifted far from its cover description and a little disjointed at times. I felt like there were too many characters. A few of those characters I'm still puzzled about their inclusion. The story behind the story was boring to me. This was not the novel I thought I was getting into and I'm confused by the many 5 star ratings I see. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend; I feel like it was a waste of time.
I wanted more. I felt like it was dry and a whole book was built up to a moment that lasted so briefly with very little emotion or feeling. The shallow characters hogged up too many pages and were a needless waste of space. Too hurried.
No I haven't but I would like to hear other performances by him.
The story is very moving and poignant and spans several decades. The author created indelible characters and sprinkled enough humor through the story to balance out the sad or bittersweet parts. He gets at the essence of every kind of love: romantic, friendship, familial, egotistical self-love.
The characters and the look into ways certain events play out completely differently for those involved. I loved the characters and the dialog was excellent. The author created rich landscapes.
I loved everything about the narrator's performance. This was one of the best audiobook performances I've ever heard. He made every character come to life. His Italian and Italian-accented English for certain characters was fantastic. And he was able to do all the voices -- male and female -- without sounding absurd or cheesy.
The only downside to the book is that the author juggled a few too many storylines and eras. I think it is important to listen to this consistently, or you might get lost as to what is happening and when/where.
Sad it ended.
I can't even compare this to another book.
Inflection, drama, proper pronunciation!
WONDERFUL LOVE STORY-of the non-traditional kind
Such a great experience. I was honestly sad when it ended. I fell in love with the characters.
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.