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.
Yes, I am always open to 2nd chances...never judge a book by its cover!
Too much back and forth through dates and places for an audible book. Would play out just fine for a movie but hard to follow for a book.
Not my cup of tea...very long, drawn out, confusing love story.
Listening, allows the mind to enter the magical realm ......
I listened for one hour and decided not to proceed. For my interest, the story line focuses far too much on Hollywood, actors and actress. I have no issue with the author or the reader; I just do not like the story line.
I was really expecting to enjoy this book based on all of the great reviews, but I was utterly disappointed. The story line was fanciful rubbish. The booked jumped story lines from different characters and different time periods, which didn't bother me, but none of the characters were terribly compelling and some were just irritating. I kept hoping that every time a new chapter started with a new character in a new time period it would improve, but the characters only seemed to get weirder and more difficult to connect with. In my opinion, the author just tried to bring together too many elements to connect the dots of the plot line, but the plot line was a crazy, jumbled mess of dots. I guess if you like sappy romance novels with fairly unintelligible plots, you will be happy with this one. I have never been so happy to have a book end before.
I don't agree with most of the reviews, I found the book to be quite boring but semi o.k.
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!
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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.