If you want a novel to to take you to some place exotic and introduce you to characters you care about and totally capture you, you'll love Beautiful Ruins. It's hard to imagine any lover of great fiction not being entertained by this story. I've been a member for several years and this ranks as one of my favorites. Download it now.
The authour uses great long sentences, with far too many descriptions for some trivial thoughts and situations. Too wordy and repetitive, just as it was nearly getting to the modern scenes and developing them, it would jump back to 1962 again. I nearly stopped listening 3 times thru the book, but thought I better persevere as it came so highly recommended by the editors at Audible. Too cynical and tragic It may as well have been a true story about sad peoples lives and missed opportunity.
No - don't bother. too dark and depressing for my liking
Where Pasqual grows into manhood and finds enough courage to claim his child and the hand of his lover in marriage.also the play at the end involving Pat (Pasqual namesake) is very moving
It was all the positive reviews that talked me into buying this audio book. I will no longer place such trust in the editors at audible. Can't think how they came to choose this one as book of the year?
The narrator was very good.
I have jumped onto Audible to see why I am so out of step with the world majority in liking this book. The overdone past/present genre with the added mini novel inside it is is driving me to distraction - which is a problem because I buy audio books to listen to while I drive! I was wondering if it was just the narration but I loved the way he read the war novel pages and he did the female voices well - especially the cranky old Auntie - so I do not think that is the problem.
The most annoying thing is the treatment given to Pasqualle (sp?) - it seems that the author has contrived to make him simple and dull like his broken English. Not sure at this stage that I'll bother to finish with it.
Family Account - Husband the only one writing reviews. My account was consolidate when Amazon bought Audible.
The book is/was so good... Missing the characters already!
All of them... Bravo
Loved the time period and location but found myself wanting more from each character.
You may not want to be multitasking with this one.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
Well constructed and the ending was inspirational! A good story with good characters with a great big bow and beautifully wrapped up! Listen to this one!!
I would not read another book by Jess Walter.
The reader did a good job but the characters were repellant and the writing mediocre. I quit half way through because the characters were so unlikable and the writing lacked value.
The story had some entertaining value.
Wonderful characterizations, both by the writer and the narrator. Good story, too. Sticks with you for a while.