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.
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.
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.
Really up there. About Number Three.
Lots of memorable moments, not just one.
His bella Italian.
I never have extreme reactions to a book unless I really, really Hate It. So it's a good thing I had no extreme reaction.
Read it, listen to it, enjoy it! Ciao!
I am a audio book lover turned Audio Book Reviewer since Nov '14. Love it and now started my own review blog featuring all the reviews here!
It is right there in the top 10 of the romantic books I have listen to! I was so drawn in that I was wishing for each chapter to see what or where in time the author was taking the story.
I was hestitant that it was a male narrator but 2 thumbs up. He did an amazing job. The story flow well transitions from the past to the future. I could place myself in these eras quite well.
When Pascale heads to Rome to find answers and comes across more than he plans.
If I could yes! But, it was a pleasure just being able to listen it to and from my travels.
The narrator's telling of the story - his voice, his pace, the way the emotions came through. I am normally an avid book reader. But after listening to this excellent audible book, I want to find find other high quality narrators, well matched to the text. With that, I will be listening to far more audible books.
Great book. It's like a Robert Altman film with several characters whose lives all connect in some way. The only issue I had was with Richard Burton being a relatively main character and certainly a central part of the plot. It was hard to suspend disbelief. All in all a great novel with an extremely well written and poignant ending.
My favorite listens are very very long books, extremely long classics, the longest of the Stephen Kings, and sometimes celebrity memoirs.
Just so good and all levels.
Pasquale - He had such an open inquisitive conflicted heart.
Terrific story, terrific narration.