The narrator is amazing. He perfectly spoke the voices of each character. I want to listen to anything he narrates.
The characters were human and funny. A touching story while at the same time rough on the right edges. Descriptions put you right in the story.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
For some reason, I wasn't sure that I would like this book...Luckily, I gave it a shot anyway, and was pleasantly surprised.
Believable narration, especially with all the different characters.
I liked how the author used different techniques to unravel the story lines, and not rely completely on third person narration.
Edoardo Ballerini does an excellent job. I live in Italy and was pleasantly surprised to hear this lovely language spoken with a proper accent.
There are many different stories told and in the end the listener is satisfied to know how they all end.
I would have read it the way he did----I'm Italian!
I seldom listen to a book in one sitting, I like to savor it in small pieces and imagine where the author will take me in the next chapter. Beautiful Ruins crosses continents, skips around time and has many characters, at times I felt as if I were reading many short stories.
This story was captivating and enjoyable from start to finish. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Probably not. It's was a good and interesting story, but just not at the top of my list. A little long and and not engrossing enough, I found my mind wandering as I listened
When the truth about Dee's "illness" came out
Maybe would have enjoyed it more had I read it rather than listened to it. It just really took too long to get to what wasn't even really worth getting to.
Frankly, I kept waiting for this book to get great. It never did. In the end I thought it was an okay story but I was disappointed in the lack of excitement. I wouldn't recommend.
The story was interesting and the narration was excellent. I enjoyed the movie history element.
I loved the Italian characters...both funny and well-developed.
The accents enriched each character. He is an amazing reader.
Not extreme--just enjoyed the experience and looked forward to hearing each episode.
Not my favorite book, but liked it more at the end.
I loved his accents and voices. You can't hear that if you read a book.
I would definitely take Pasquale Toursi because I see him as a man of character and virtue. He found the strength to do what was right and stand up against selfish people for the sake of others.
First let me say that, overall, I liked the book. Mr. Ballerini did a very good job with the narration overall, but the men were better than the women. I had no difficulty keeping track of characters after the first half hour or so.
I will advise you, however, to hang in there for the first part of the book. I had trouble "engaging" with it but once I did -after the story moved from Italy to Los Angeles - I became interested. Although I thought there were a number of points where a bit of editing would have improved the flow, all in all, the author does a good job of setting atmosphere and moving the story along. I wouldn't call it "best seller quality." But that's just my opinion. It's not "wow" material but it's worth both a credit and the time.
no..too slow for me
the interplay between the years most interesting.
life of actresses/actors least interesting
given some of the movies out there; yes.