I would definitely listen to this audible again. This is a book of people whose lives are intertwined over a course of 50 years. From Italy to California, the author describes in beautiful detail the surroundings, thoughts, and actions of characters that will become hauntingly familiar.
Pasquale became my favorite character. His innocence and strength was what I will remember.
The name is fitting. Our lives are all intertwined and the decisions we make seem to change the whole picture in only a small way, but none the less they snowball over time, thus 'Beautiful Ruins'. Like 'The Ruins' our decisions become concrete and remain our legacy for all to see.
Eduardo Ballerini did an amazing job with his narration. His command of both languages, and his inflections were spot on. I can't imagine the book being presented in any other way. Like an actor who is perfect for the part, he was meant to narrate this book.
The characters. Each were funny in their own way and very likable. I attribute that review to the writing and the performance. Both were well done
the actress's evaluation of the tennis court, the conversations between the italian men of the village and the honest love and appreciation the characters had for each other.
Perhaps but what I'd rather do is hang out in the Italian village with the people that lived there at that time.
Annoyance. The characters were so pretentious! Pasquale was the only character I really liked.
I finished this because I was determined to find out why it was an Audible favorite AND I had used one of my last precious credits to get it. I couldn't wait for it to be over because I disliked most of the characters so much. I was happy for Deborah and Pasquale but saw it coming for hours. Pat redeemed and saved himself, which did please me. But all the pretention about FILM - ugh!
The length of the book recording.
I dont like the narrative voice. Should have chosen another narrator.
This was on a number of "must listen" booklists so I finally downloaded it. Although the story was good, I did not find it "great". It was a book I could have read at the beach on a holiday, I was able to pick it up and put it down without much effort. I "must read" for me is a book, like Gone Girl where I end up listening to it start to finish. Beautiful Ruins.. an OK story, worth one credit but not a must listen.
Wonderfully woven story lines all come together in a remarkable tale. The narrator is fantastic!
I enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to just about anyone. Already have as a matter of fact. The story is a little convoluted but I love the characters. The female lead is an example to all of us in her selflessness and positive outlook.
What a great find! I had no previous knowledge of the author or this book and bought it solely based on the description. The storyline interweaves "real" characters with fictional and really brought them to life. Edoardo Ballerini's narration was perfection- If I were an author I would insist on having him read all my books! This is THE book I will recommend to anyone who wants to try Audible.
I'm not sure if I liked it or not. I know better than to go for 'highbrow' books and I hate stories about Hollywood people, yet parts of this stayed with me. The scenes are vivid and the characters almost too real. However, it is not a book about Italy or antiquities.
Ballerini has such a smooth voice you can't help but laugh out loud when his dry humor hits you. Jess Walter is a wonderful story teller, his attention to detail is a little mind boggling, and although sometimes difficult to keep up with the names of so many characters, it adds to the enticement. Each Character is given a chapter and rotated so you can't help but miss them as you go away from the initial scene to yet another person's life. It is like having a invisibility cloak and wings, you are the spy on the wall and you thirst for more. I listened to it twice it was THAT good.
A lovely American actress has been played and manipulated in the game of life in Hollywood. Bring tissues and your funny bone. I laughed out loud while listening to it in the Deer hunting blind.
Forget the Characters. I want to buy Ballerini a drink and listen to his voice all night long.
Stick to it, bring tissues, you will cry.