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.
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.
the cover photo drew me in. But the story did not live up to the photo. I need characters I can like or relate to. Was missing that in this story.
While it took me a while to get into the story, once it got going I very much enjoyed it. As a Seattle native, though, the narrator's mispronunciation of many Seattle place names was incredibly distracting. I will never understand why checking the pronunciation of an unfamiliar place or word isn't more common among audiobook readers.
Tell us about yourself! I love books! I always have a book. I am reading on my nook for while I am at work, and a book ( or 2) on my iPhone from audible for while I am diving to and from work or cleaning the house.
I don't write many reviews because I am not an author and I don't like giving spoilers. This book was beautifully written. I felt I had to write a review Beautiful Ruins because I enjoyed it so much!
There are several characters in the book, but each is well developed and Jess Walter did a great job of making sure all of the loose ends were tied up by the end of the story. From the shores of Italy to The west coast of the USA I felt I was in each setting.
Edoardo Ballerini was wonderful. Speaking beautiful Italian sometimes and other times the voice of Deborah, and all of the characters in between. I was able to visualize the settings in the book as if I were watching a movie, or an extra in the story itself.
As I said, I am not a great author, but Jess Walter did a great job with this book. Give it a try and you will love it as much as I did.
The ending.The story was missing a great last page. In general the story was very interesting and descriptive to a fault.
Satisfying for the most part. The last detail however, was not.
Now here is where I sing copious praise! Edoardo is the melody to this song. I felt like I was watching a movie. His voice brought meaning to each word.
Yes. It was a little slow to start, but worth the listen.
I did enjoy the listen. Don't think I would have gotten through it if I were reading as it didn't grab me from the first chapter.
The voice changes of the narattor
Pascale, there was no blasphemy.
I find the use of valugar language and blasphemy offensive.
I like audiobooks, this particular one was well read, so in that sense I'd consider it better, in that I listened to the book while commuting, so I may not have had time to read a print version of it.
It DOES NOT compare to The Help, as some reviewers have suggested. It is a fun, interesting book, somewhat engaging us into the lives of several of the characters. By no means is this book, in my opinion, nearly as good as The Help.
He kept a good pace, and made the characters distinguishable as well as interesting.
The story of Richard Burton's lost son