Beautiful Ruins is an engaging story capturing ruined lives, ruined stories, and ruined possibilities. From the opening chapter where a beautiful blonde arrives at a small Italian fishing village, to the final chapter where stories are nicely resolved, the narration is beautiful and engaging. The characters are rich and interesting, including both fictional and historical characters. (RIchard Burton is hillarious.) The braided stories make for an interesting pathway through the novel and although some stories are less compelling than others (always a danger with this style), the author returns often enough to the story of Pasquale merit a high rating. Reading this book is a little like taking a vacation, first to Italy and then to Hollywood.
I chose to listen to this due to other reviews that suggested it. I was glad I did. A sweet and well written/told story that warmed my heart!
I recommend this book to anyone. It is a beautifully crafted braid of several stories of lives intertwined over the years. A beautiful listen.
What I liked most about this book was the feeling it left me after I finished listening. It was a feeling that all our lives are beautiful no matter what path we choose.
The actor performed the book very well. I appreciated the italian pronunciations as well.
I would take Pascoalle. I would like to hear more about how his life turned out after he married.
Yes, I would recommend this book because it's such a delightfully nostalgic trip!l
There were so many delightful scenes, I can't choose.
Richard Burton, because he was Richard Burton
This audiobook has it all - storyline, characters, setting, but most especially, an amazing narrator.
The performance of the reader is amazing. He did a great job with all of the accents and even the voices, and made it very easy to listen to. I also love all the descriptive details about the Italian coast. It sounds gorgeous and made me want to go and visit!
I loved it flipping back and forth in time, place, and between people. It kept me in absolute suspense just waiting for the moment when they would all come together and to see how everything and everyone fit together! It was a major page-turner! I also loved that it centered a little on true events - Richard Burton and Liz Taylor filming Cleopatra in Rome. It made it that much more real.
When Pascuale confronts Michael Deen at the hollywood studio office...that seems to be when a lot of questions are answered and kept me absolutely on the edge of my seat.
I love Pascuale. He is so tender-hearted, loves his family, wants to do the right thing always, and to me, he was the glue that held everything together throughout the whole story.
You will not regret downloading this title. It is a beautiful story.
The many-layered story - so many stories at once. I absolutely LOVED this story. The characters were all lovable (Pat at the end of the book only - didn't like him much at the beginning of his entrance to the story.)
The ending - I had to make sure my tears didn't interfere with my driving!
I haven't, but I would love too. Mr. Ballerini was fantastic. I'll definitely look into other books he's narrated.
smoothly and subtly draws the listener to the story and before you know it you are half way through the book. one could almost imagine this was written to be developed into a movie.
This is the best of the 25+ audiobook book I have listened to this year. I occasionally read silly romances, I call them bubble gum for my brain. I need light fluff after some heavy reading. I thought this would be just one more forgetable book. It was not.
I liked the intricate plot that just kept drawing me further into the novel. I did not know where it was going, but I wanted to find out.
I liked the scenes describing the Hollywood sleazy producer. The scenes involving cluture classes. The scenes describing Italy.
The title is perfect.
I recommedned this book to my book club.
I lead a busy lifestyle and audio books allow me to listen and complete other tasks at the same time.
The last 30 minutes were unnecessary details about minor characters and events. They just didn't fit in with the main story. The real ending happens before that...so why the blah, blah, blah at the end?
These unconnected 'details' were like trying to understand the thought process of an ADD child...Can I have a cookie?...look butterfly!...Why is the sky blue?...There's a squirrel...I hate Social studies....Is it time for dinner?...
This garbage at the end takes away from the story.
When Pasquali ends up being herding into the lines for 'extras' in the movie.
Some humorous lines interspersed within the story.