I though the narrator was great. I really enjoyed the descriptions and interactions with the Italian fisherman and each scene which included the fisherman whose wife uses his carbine as a garden stake was priceless.
The characters were incredibly depressing. The title is apt. Each one of them is a "ruin" and makes a "ruin" of their lives except for one, Pasquale Torsi. The long winded descriptions, hyperbole, similies, metaphors sucked the life out of the plot. While the author is obviously a great writer, I got really tired of the flowerly language.
Excellent use of accents and different speaking voices to portray the different characters. Very smooth. His narration made the book palatable and greatly enhanced the story.
Maybe if the scenery looked gorgeous.
In spite of the wonderful reviews this book seemed to get from everyone, I found it fair to middling at best. There were too many characters and stories and that just muddied up what could have been a good story, but I'm not sure which of the stories was the good one! ....and Richard Burton? PLEASE. I did finish it because I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did.
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
A great audiobook for fans of A Visit from the Goon Squad. Well performed, this would make a great listen for a summer holiday in Italy.
Pasquale is intriguing and thoughtful~ and the narrator's voice conjures up this Italian innkeeper's dreamy thought processes perfectly.
Too many to count.
The Accidental Destination
This is a tour de force~ not quick by any means, but lingering, like an Italian sunset.
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.