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.
Beautiful Ruins always had my attention. I was never bored.
I loved how each chapter took me to a different place and time or even a different book or play. You never knew where you would be next and that kept it exciting.
Absolutely loved the reader. Great job.
Now I understand why Beautiful Ruins was rated so favorably and was so popular. I held off listening to this one since it sounded a melodramatic and improbable, but was swept along once I started to listen. The main characters are very endearing and other minor characters, including celebrities, are colorfully drawn. Some of its impact may be lost on readers not old enough to remember the perpetual presence of Liz and Dick on the front page of supermarket tabloids through most of the '60s. I would recommend Beautiul Ruins for no other reason that it is the rare book that pulls you up and down an emotional gamut - not the least of which are parts that are laugh-out-loud hilarious.
I'm just not a fan of forward and backward story telling. As soon as I developed interest in a story line, I was swept away to another time, place and character.. In this case, the attempt to "weave" the past and present stories of the various characters was overdone (in my opinion), I simply lost interest in the whole, and adjusted the narrator speed to 2.5x to get me through. I'm also not a fan of over-blown descriptives, vs actual plot. This had a lot of that as well. On the bright side, narration was expertly performed!
The plot was well constructed with lots of unexpected twists. But I'd have preferred to hear more about Italy and a lot less about Hollywood.
Most interesting - plot development. Least interesting - everything pertaining to Hollywood.
All characters were read in the same dull cadence - which contributed to my lack of interest in the story.
I felt like it jumped between to many characters and eras.
Confusion, and disappointment.
I feel like I would have to listen to this book again just to figure out all the details. But I don't want to listen to it again.
Hard to imagine this book in print after experiencing the finely tuned and intuitive narration of Edoardo Ballerini. This is a beautiful story made even more beautiful as an audiobook.
Again a book with layers and characters that were a little surprising. The description of the surroundings painted a picture in which the characters moved about creating the story. The humour shone through.
There were several moments which were not expected. To tell may spoil the story for a reader/listener.
The narrator brought the characters to life making them real expressing their personality traits and behaviours which again made me 'see' the players.
The Italian Innkeeper
The book was a little surprising for me, I didn't think it would be my type of book but it was and I'm very glad I took the opportunity of the thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Mom, Photographer, Designer
Enveloping, intriguing, empathetic
Find out that Dee didn't have cancer.
I really loved his portrayal of Richard Burton as a scoundrel.
Dee Moray. She led such an interesting life.
I hated for it to end.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was perfection...the story was plausible and often riveting. It definitely got off to a verrry slow start but because we had a long drive we decided to give it a chance. It was worth the wait. Once the plot got moving it positively hummed along. The narrator deserves some of the credit to keeping me interested. I wish Edoardo Ballerini voiced more audible selections. He can do female voices that don't sound like he's trying to hard, a variety of male voices and transition between them seamlessly. Sadly, few others can do the same. I am sure there are many audible fans who would agree.