Since taking my first creative writing class in 2008 the pleasure I used to get from reading has been greatly reduced. I notice things I never noticed before. That said, I think I rate books pretty generously. Anyone who actually manages to write a whole book and then get it published deserves an extra star.
Accessible, but not too obvious, story-line, sympathetic characters - even the ones who are completely self-involved - interesting settings, a satisfying end. What more could you want?
This book has several stories inside the original story and is well-written. The narrator does a great job with accents and I found I liked the book more than I thought when starting it!
His command of the accents
Yes. The depictions of the untraveled Italian coast were great.
It tied-up thing s well. It was what I expected.
It was great.
Classic love story
The feeling behind each character, the Italian pronunciation made it authentic
Would have been nice
I traded off reading the book and listening. The narrator is fantastic which saved me from this rather snoozer of a story. It's a beach read which is okay but at the same time my expectations where higher as everyone raved about this book. New plot lines half way through, lots of characters who I didn't really care much about. The last chapter was a race to just wrap it up and send the book on it's Appian Way. It's a quick read, it has that going for it.
Sweet, Romantic, Mysterious
He was smooth and did all the accents and voices very well.
I like to flip flop between heavy and light in my reading material. This would be on the lighter side and included some real life figures mixed into the fiction. It takes place both in Italy and the US and takes us back and forth between the 60's and present day. The narrator was very good and the story at times takes you by surprise. I enjoyed it and found myself waiting for opportunities to get back to the book (Always a good thing for me!)
that people were put in the story that you have heard of
no one favorite
good voice for the storyline
Great story that was brought to life beautifully by Edoardo Ballerini - highly recommend. Original story; great character development; amazing intertwining of stories. Loved it.
This book is about the old movie world trying to make sense and survive in a reality tv, fast food, bite sized, attention deficit, popup add world. It's not the most original story in the world (a complex love story pushing in and out of movies) but my god is the language beautiful. The narration only multiplies this making this audio version a sort of work of art apart from the story. Highly worth checking out.
The novel seemed overdone--needed a good editor and some trimming. But the audio version was handled well and overall I enjoyed it.