I would listen to the book again and pay more attention to some of the characters and their development.
The weaving of several wonderful stories
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.
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.
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.
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!
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I tried.,,,,I felt that I had picked up a book at a drug store to read at the beach because I didn't want to destroy my hardback.... You get what you pay for. I was so waiting for a, or some, characters to save the story. Shallow characters. A reprieve throughout with some beautiful Italian scenes. That being said.. Comparing love to zombies wanting brains,... A repetative, rehabilitated, drug addicted, wondering main character... 1960 male dominated actress told a grave, despicable untruth...surprise. Current Hollywood,.. enough said. Oh, and a movie script of, The Donner Party, being produced for $80 million. What? I could not warp my brain into thinking this was a good anything...., love story, mystery,....epic, huh? Sorry, I wanted to love this book as much as some of the reviewers.
This was a gorgeous and well-crafted story. Effortlessly transitioning from 1960's Italy to present-day Los Angeles, the story spans decades and characters. This is another story for which I'd like to recommend the audiobook narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. He is a talented storyteller and brings each character to life with his careful inflection - not once does his performance pull you out of the story, rather it accentuates it. A young Italian bed and breakfast owner/dreamer, an unknown actress, and the Hollywood machine in luscious settings make for an unforgettable story.