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.
Maybe- I really enjoyed the narrator
It was all over the place. I enjoyed the first part on the Island but then it took off in too many directions, most just plain silly. And I do not enjoy hearing about people who never grow up.
Having the son follow in his fathers footstep is a cliche.
Everything, I would never have finished reading the book and even though his narration is good I am having a hard time listening to the end, I keep skipping ahead, since it is pretty predictable.
I am surprised this book got so many good reviews. The author can write but needs much better subject matter.
The evolution of the characters over time.
No. This book was a little bit crass for me. I would not seek out something else by this author.
His Richard Burton voice.