Again a book with layers and characters that were a little surprising. The description of the surroundings painted a picture in which the characters moved about creating the story. The humour shone through.
There were several moments which were not expected. To tell may spoil the story for a reader/listener.
The narrator brought the characters to life making them real expressing their personality traits and behaviours which again made me 'see' the players.
The Italian Innkeeper
The book was a little surprising for me, I didn't think it would be my type of book but it was and I'm very glad I took the opportunity of the thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Mom, Photographer, Designer
Enveloping, intriguing, empathetic
Find out that Dee didn't have cancer.
I really loved his portrayal of Richard Burton as a scoundrel.
Dee Moray. She led such an interesting life.
I hated for it to end.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was perfection...the story was plausible and often riveting. It definitely got off to a verrry slow start but because we had a long drive we decided to give it a chance. It was worth the wait. Once the plot got moving it positively hummed along. The narrator deserves some of the credit to keeping me interested. I wish Edoardo Ballerini voiced more audible selections. He can do female voices that don't sound like he's trying to hard, a variety of male voices and transition between them seamlessly. Sadly, few others can do the same. I am sure there are many audible fans who would agree.
Maybe- I really enjoyed the narrator
It was all over the place. I enjoyed the first part on the Island but then it took off in too many directions, most just plain silly. And I do not enjoy hearing about people who never grow up.
Having the son follow in his fathers footstep is a cliche.
Everything, I would never have finished reading the book and even though his narration is good I am having a hard time listening to the end, I keep skipping ahead, since it is pretty predictable.
I am surprised this book got so many good reviews. The author can write but needs much better subject matter.
The evolution of the characters over time.
No. This book was a little bit crass for me. I would not seek out something else by this author.
His Richard Burton voice.
I had purchased this book a few months back, after reading about it in EW mag. Then after seeing it on so many of the audible editors BEST lists, I moved it up the queue and was anxious to hear what all the raves were about. And I kept waiting. And waiting. I thought it was "okay", but certainly not one of the top 10 this year on my list.
I liked everything about this one -- the characters, the story, the references to famous people that I knew of, and the narration. I would definitely recommend it if you like a good story!
Not my typical read but the way the story is told is fresh and delightful.
The narrator was so believable and I really came to respect the lead character and how he grew throughout the story. A really great listen!
Bawled, bawled, bawled my eyes out at the end, because I bonded so deeply with Pasquale. This book has a *very* strong main character, and his (Pasquale's) story was woven so beautifully.
The problem is, there are so many other characters and time frames and story lines, and they were completely ordinary (as far as books go) and uninteresting to me. So the book seemed to be about 25 - 30% good (Pasquale's story), and the rest...wasteful fillers. It has one of the best endings of just about any book I've read (again, the Pasquale part), but I'm not sure it was worth slogging through the rest of the stuffing to get to it where the characters were unlikable and seemingly insignificant. Parts of the book were very poetically and almost musically written, very talented prose. Yet I think the main character was too good and strong a character for the rest of this story...he was woven in with a bunch of senseless fluff, which took away from attention to his excellent potential. I wanted to read his story, and had to read past a bunch of other shenanigans to get to it. Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Only that good because Pasquale rose to the top.
No. While I liked the story line about the Pasquale character, there were too many other things going on that polluted a good story.
I haven't heard him read an audio book before, but would definitely look for him again. The narrator was one of the best I'd ever heard, ever. Amazing voice, beautiful pace, acted out the characters. Loved the narrator.
No. It's done. It spanned a lifetime, and they are at the end of a lifetime when the book closes.
If they could make a movie of just Pasquale's story, I'd be there. I fell in love with Pasquale. This story alone was excellent. I think Pasquale was a gem of gold.