I too clicked on the icon of the book by mistake. When I read Cindy's review I was intrigued.
She said it was the best mistake she ever made. I ordinarily would not have picked this book. In fact, I passed it over many times in viewing my audible selections.
This book is wonderful!! I usually go for thrillers, but I have to say that after this book, I will expand my horizons. The ending was beautiful. The narration was excellent!!! 5 stars to you Jess Walter!!
Definitely recommended. The story is compelling, and the characters are people to care about.
Pasquale Tursi's sweetness was the best part for me. I get very tired of revolting characters; Pasquale is the opposite, a person to love.
Pasquale and Dee in the abandoned gun turret was a scene so beautifully rendered that I felt I was there with them, seeing sunlight hit the paintings on the wall.
I stayed glued to the book, emotions shifting, but never in a violent way.
The story and the narrator meld together to provide an unforgettable experience for the listener. I'll wait a while, then listen to this one again . . . and again.
I am not much for telling you what story's are about, but more of how I felt during listening to them. I felt content with this very good story and I recommend it to all. Is is very well narrated and really worth the time spent.
Depends on the friend. Would have to be someone who enjoys the superficial of persons and doesn't get annoyed by selfishness.
No. At times it was gripping. But whent he end rolled around I was left disappointed.
Probably a few too many characters. The richness of some was lost in the lack of exploration of others.
Edoardo Bellerini is possibly the best narrator I have ever listened to. There is no doubt that his impeccable narration added to my enjoyment of Jess Walter's novel. Many narrators are not able to successfully read with different accents or different genders - Bellerini does it beautifully, and truly captures the personalities of each character, as well as the humor in the book.
In a way it reminded me of Seating Arrangements, though I'm not sure why; maybe because it exposes the flaws of the characters. The technique of alternating between the past and the present reminds me of Olive Kittredge and Gone Girl. But in reality, Beautiful Ruins bears no resemblance to these stories.
His voice is strong. He absolutely gets the book, so his voice reflects humor when the story is funny, and is solemn when the story is sad. Bellerini has the rare talent of being able to read the male and female parts convincingly. He also does a good job with the Italian and the Italian accents of Pasquale and the other Italiian characters. Bellerini could read the phone book and I would listen! I think of all of the audiobooks I haven't enjoyed, and I wonder how my listening experience would change if Bellerini narrated them.
I like the name, but I titled my review Beautiful Surprises because this book was a complete surprise to me, not only in the plot, but because I was never sure what was going to happen to the characters. And I cared about each one, even the completely obnoxious ones! I also was expecting a drama, and got so much more.
Somewhat interesting story but did drag at times. Not at all what I expected it to be.
Not really sure. Wasn't hooked on it but got all the way through it.
I was amazed at how he was able to make you feel all these different people and the different voices he did. Very talented.
This is an entertaining read, it rates pretty highly with me but it isn't profound or deep.
It is heartwarming and gives you a good feeling about human kind.
Definitely recommend. It's rare to find a writer that can weave a story like Walters with witty dialogue. The performance by Ballerini was special.
the tale itself has a central theme: as human beings, we long to matter. Matter to a lover, a career, matter just to say we made a mark on the world. Aside from each of these characters being fully realized, and their desires to have their lives really count with both tragic and triumphant results, you will, I guarantee you, see a part of yourself in this story. It is healing as it is agonizing, and in that combination we see ourselves. Imperfectly perfect beings trying to find love, acceptance, and peace in many varied forms.
Stellar narration as well.