Loves to read, it can be anything just has to strike my fancy!
It kept my interest through the whole book.
Finding out how both lives lived for 50 years apart.
When her son came back to her!
It was just good all around
There were several times I wanted to just stop listening, it was confusing and, honestly, boring. But I continued and it did get better. With the span of over 50 years and the continuous back and forth from the 60's so present, it took some concentration to keep up. There were a few good moments, so I won't say it was a complete waste of time.
Annoying narrator. He over-acts.
This almost killed the book for me, but I powered through.
Pretty good. Satisfying conclusion.
Not my favorite.
I liked that this is a relatively modern historical fiction. I love classic film, so the way Jess Walter wrote a then-and-now novel that involved a real movie (Cleopatra) filmed on location in Italy, and tied real actors (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) and film makers (Joseph Mankiewicz) to these fictional characters was a real treat. I loved Pasquale, and developed a profound respect for this man who honestly and sincerely did the right thing, with no regrets. I give it a 4 because I didn't instantly love it. I was more than halfway through before I developed feelings for the characters.
Overall it's annoyingly romantic and verges on kitsch. But then you know what you're getting right from the start, so you just need to appreciate the fact that it does deliver.
I don't know how he did it, be he managed to make each character unique in his or her delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed his narration.
The narration accents were awful, the story was difficult to follow
Too confusing to follow ( I listen while driving to and from work) ... may have to listen again to see if I missed something that would have improved my listening experience
may try to listen again- considering returning but not sure I can -
It was fun trying to piece together how the stories interweave, multiple little tales to tell a big story. And then was happy that not all my predictions came true.
Shane Wheeler. I loved the story behind "Donner!"
Took me a couple chapters to get into it. But then didn't want it to end.
I will absolutely listen to Beautiful Ruins again and recommend it to others because it is a sad and funny and heartwrenching story narrated in spectacular fashion. Even though the story bounces between time and place, you always feel connected with the character and context.This was my first Ballerini-narrated book and I will actively seek out more of his work. He is brilliant and emphathetic and simply an excellent storyteller.