Romantic, fanciful and fun
Well drawn characters, many unique.
The reaction of the assistant producer as she listened to wanna-be story lines pitched.
The almost lost connection between the would be actress, aging and dying, and her profligate son.
The story loses credibility with the introduction of real life characters such as Richard Burton. It could have been just as strong a tale without him.
I enjoyed listening to Beautiful Ruins -- a nice story for audiobook where you could usually tell what time and place you were in, despite the movement of the narrative across continents and years. I didn't consider it a "masterpiece" and would not listen to it a second time, but I was definitely glad to listen to it.
I found it well-performed and paced, and at no point did I consider "putting it down," one of my personal barometers of how good an audiobook is.
This is a good book to "read" as an audiobook -- you can enjoy the story, and you don't need to see it in print to understand, or go back to refresh your memory of a complicated plot.
Yes, have already recommended it. It's an fun take on the movie world, interesting and fast paced with great characters.
Not normally my style of book, but I found this fascinating - the way the author developed the story - interspersed the various perspectives. Loved it. Highly recommended. Great narration as well - thought it really enhanced the whole experience.
The juxtaposition of Liz Taylor/Richard Burton in fabulous Rome with sad little Porto Vergona.
Pasquale for trying to bridge his family's traditions and his own yearnings
His Italian is gorgeous to listen to, and amazingly, his Richard Burton is also terrific.
Pasquale's wife. I would want to know more of her story.
Yes...the narrator brought more life to the characters than if I had just read the book.
I loved Pasquale. He had such heart.
He brings the characters to life...most especially with the Italian accents.
Yes...but obviously it was too long to do so. I was sad when it ended.
Say something about yourself!
after reading all the reviews I bought this book and it wasnt what everyone claimed it to be. It was interesting at times but definitely not a great love story and way to much detail in certain chapters that was just blah blah blah about certain people that was just boring and I had to ff to get thru it. Overall the story wasn't very good. Very slow
best part was the reader he was really good!
Bottom line don't waste your time.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
Find your satisfaction.
Memorable part of beautiful ruins was realizing the old producer really didn't have ANY redeeming qualities.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
i have not read the print version but the narrator was very enjoyable. the accents helped paint a great picture in my head.
i won't pick one. i thought they were all important to weaving the story that i heard. minor characters had big impact, i like that.
the accent brought to life the language.
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.