Loved being inside the characters of so many different voices and life outlooks. Just really good reading with a perfect flow, never a lull and an ending that left you feeling good about life.
I wasn't sure when purchasing this book, but the reviews helped me believe I would like it. The story spans the parallel lives of our key characters, and at every turn you think you know what might happen next - but it doesn't. A true "love story" created out of respect, good honest living and the decades it spans. The book bounces from character to character as the chapters unfold, but I never got lost as or confused you can in some books with this type of story line. My most memorable moment is toward the end in a simple and satisfying exchange between two friends who have not seen each other in 50 years, "What took you so long?" - "I had things to do". Brilliant.
Based upon the previous recommendations, I decided to go ahead and download this book. At the beginning, I couldn't wait to listen to it the next time I had the chance. I was so excited to see how these stories were going to intertwine. As the book went on, though, I found my mind wandering as I listened. I would drift in and out but found I still would know what was happening.
To me, it seemed like the last few chapters were just the author trying to get the story over with. After the beauty and intrigue of the start of the story, I thought the end was kind of a let down.
I thoroughly enjoyed Eduardo Ballerini's reading of the story and felt that it added a lot, especially in the Italian parts. Had I been reading this book on my own, those parts would have lacked the authenticity and feeling that Mr Ballerini was able to deliver.
I just finished the first part of this audiobook and I must say two things: 1. I dont like or care for any of the characters and 2. Nothing happens!! For the entire duration of the first part, nothing has happened!!! I barely know the characters because they are very shallow and I do not know the direction the story is taking. I actually could not tell you what the story is about! I am seriously thinking about giving up and reading another book. I don't want to lose my money but neither do I want to waste my time. Should I stick with it or give up?
A very good read/listen. I highly reccomend this one. A lovely story and told in a different way but not difficult to keep up with.
This is a beautifully written book that captures the essence of the human condition. Sometimes we make choices, and they may be for the right cause but not what we really desire. In this way, we feel for the characters in this book who are trying to overcome their imperfect lives, abiding by the rules of normalcy, facing tragedy and heartache, and yet overcoming the challenges over a 50 year saga. As I listened, I sometimes laughed out loud and then sulked with the disappointments of the protagonists. I was immersed in each sub-plot, each character, each wonderful location, and ofcourse the “Pitch”. What a lovely book – movie anyone?
Beautiful Ruins is the kind of novel that when you finish reading it, you gently take out your earphones and reflect. Jess Walters’ storytelling kept me pleasantly engaged with the characters as they navigated different eras (and places) in their life journeys. Edoardo Ballerini's characterizations were well done, adding to my immersion into the story (unlike other narrators who can be over-the-top and distracting).
If you don’t like character studies, or simply want a “point A to point B” book, then look elsewhere. But I found the journey surprisingly entertaining, humorous, and moving. I don’t usually write reviews, but I am so impressed with Beautiful Ruins that I want others to experience it as well. Enjoy.
yes-the story takes you away
the narrorator and Italian that I would have skipped over if I were reading the book
his accents and smooth Italian as well as the way he changed the way he spoke for different characters-sometimes this is annoying but, with him it was great!
I think I'd listen to this narrator reading a food shopping list. The story is told in the present and in a series of flashbacks, about romance, relationships and what gives our lives value and meaning. Taking place on the Italian coast (in the past), Hollywood (in the present) and on the Western plains of the US in the 1800s (a side story). Fun read, you can't go wrong.
I am still relatively new to audio books, but this was a nice book and a good listen. For some reason I hesitated liking this book... it wasn't until part 2 that I was really hooked.
Great voice, he really added a special element to this book.
I listened to part 2 in one setting :)
Altogether a great story- although I did have trouble hanging on in part one -part 2 was worth the wait. A thorough book, liked the intertwining of lives and stories.