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.
I kept waiting for the story to improve. The characters, for the most part, are unhappy, miserable people. They are crass, negative people. Pasquale is the only reason I hung on to the end. His character is sweet and noble. I kept hoping things would improve. I will say that in the last few chapters the story did tie everything up but frankly, I'm not sure it was worth finishing.
I have to start off by saying that this was a different type of book to the ones I usually read. Having read the reviews, I felt this could be an intriguing and interesting change of pace. The story weaves in and out of the present and past, documenting the lives of different individuals whose lives seem intertwined with each other and yet separate. While this provides a clever and interesting backdrop, there were times I was a little bored and felt the story could have moved along. Without giving too much away, one major strength of the book was the way the author was able to elicit a range of emotions - from some very hilarious moments that had me laughing out aloud, to some sad and poignant reflections documenting some desperate and sad moments among some of the characters lives. Overall I'd say the book is worth it but be prepared to hang in there at the start as the story moves pretty slowly.
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.
Yes, I would be able to get more details out of it a second time. It's very rich and deep.
I loved the character development and the big Hollywood names.
The story was not interesting and the writing was less than impressive. I regret the purchase.
The narrator could have delivered the story in a more believe able way. The accents were overly acted and not convincing, I was distracted by the accent.
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.
From the first sentence this one pulls you in. Very well written, complex characters and story lines that cross decades that in the end all comes together. Very funny in parts and sad in others. Kind of reminded me of the book "Empire Falls". The narration was exceptional, particularly some of the known notable personalities that the books includes as part of the overall story. The only criticism of the book that I would have was that the very ending seemed to be hurried, trying to tie up all of the loose ends. I would definitely recommend this book and plan to look at other books by Mr. Walter or books narrated by Mr. Ballerini.
To shut my ITunes.
The only thing enjoyable about the contents of this audio-book was the reference to the Burton Taylor romance.That was plausible and realistic.I even remember it from the media as I was a small child in the Sixties.The entire plot seemed like sucked from the toenails.The end,espeially,is ridiculously melodramatic and highly implausible.