Seemed slow to start.
Pasquale brought honesty and purpose to the ruthless Film industry.
No...it finished with a definitive beauty and needed no follow-up although the option is there.
With Richard Burton Diaries out for the Christmas season, Beautiful Ruins as fiction could be an adjunct.
This is a beautifully written book. The language and structure are so great that I'm going to buy a hard copy so that I can reread and admire the author's beautiful choices. The reader does a good job -- not as beautiful as the writing, but good enough to convey a great story.
A great narrator is only as good as the words he has to read and frankly this is not interesting. The story jumps around so much that you have to go back after not listening for a few days to remind yourself what was happening. I am forcing myself to finish it hoping for a change of heart. If I had it to do again, I would NOT waste my credit.
Most probably not
Ha Ha Ha.....what character would I not.
I wanted a good story. I don't mind heartbreak or egotistical one dimensional characters but they have to be a part of a good story. This one is not.
educator and technologist
I loved all the diverse characters and how each life somehow was entangled with others. The narrator did a great job especially with Pascal. I loved being transported to Italy and all the complexity. At first, I wasn't sure I'd selected well but as the story weaves through time and place I could not push stop.
I might if other titles have such good character building.
I was very disappointed in the ending. Did they make it to the bunker? Were the paintings still there? Did Pat stay in Idaho? Much was answered but too many things remain.
I was not so sure about this one, but decided to follow the recommendations and go ahead and use up a credit. I'm so glad I did, mostly because Eduardo Ballerini did such a great job as reader. He brought this world to life in such a vivid way and made the characters have such depth. I might have struggled to get into this book if I read it myself, but with Ballerini leading the way I loved the story and was sorry when it ended. Now I'm on a mission to listen to more books he reads.
Yes, this was a beautifully written novel. I did find myself enjoying some of the characters deeply. On the other hand, Richard Burton and the Hollywood hangers-on left me completely flat. Edoardo Ballerini as narrator was the highlight.
Author Jess Walter has a gift for intertwining disparate characters in different decades and different continents, but unless the next novel is free of household names (behaving badly), I won't be back.
The review of this book made it sound captivating but I found myself rushing to the end because I wanted to be freed up to start a new book. I guess I was just too cheap to abandon it all together.
A fiction loosely based on some real characters and events, this was an interesting book. I like a book that inspires me to learn by looking up the actual characters, places and event. The author did a lot of research.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I pretty much went off Audible's recommendation and was very pleased with the work.
Sometimes his voices seemed to bleed over into different characters but it was very subtle.
I don't think there was a time when listening that I wanted to turn it off. On the other hand nearly all of my listening is done in 20 to 30 minutes pieces as I travel between work and home. That time has always passed quickly, however.
While I have not read the print version, I enjoyed the audio and enjoyed the reader.
My favorite character was the Innkeeper. Learing about a different era in a different country was extremely insteresting and fascinating. I imagined myself in his little town in Italy, in his little hotel on the seaside. I felt like I was sitting on the veranda myself.
I would love to ask him if it at all base on a true story. I loved how he developed the characters and went back and forth from the 1970's to present day. So many of his details seem like it has to be based on actual facts. If not, he is amazing. Either way, he is amazing. Loved the book!
The tennis court that could not be built.
I especially loved the ailing mother and the dynamics between mother and son - so different in Italy than America.