This is a delightful book in every way. Jess Walter brought a te touch to a a story that made me stop and think more than a few times. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect narrator. I had a smile on my face the entire time I listened this book. I've also recommended it to 5 different people and I've heard from them all about how much they enjoyed it.
I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.
Yes I might.
Most interesting was traveling back into post war Italy. Least interesting was suffering through the crass American characters and all the Hollywood lingo.
Favorite scenes: the conflicts with the local mobster.
Probably not. A movie can never do justice to a book. It's just not possible and always a disappointment.
I find this book is over hyped. Yes it has hundreds of very high ratings but I suspect it's mostly from a female audience. If this book was made into a movie it would called a "chick flick". I've listened to dozens of books and this doesn't rate among my favorites but yes I did enjoy it.
It was beautifully written and the narration was among the best. Ballerini is skillful at moving between different voices and accents in a way that brings the individual characters alive.
I really enjoyed all of the different story lines that converged at the end. It had humor, sadness, conflict, and resolution. A very satisfying read....or listen!
I couldn't wait for it to end.
All the characters were a mess and the bad language did not add a thing to the book.
I don't have an opinion on the narration.
This was a story that made me laugh and cry while constantly admiring the talent of the writer and the amazing performance of Edoardo Ballerini. I have never seen an author so skillfully switch between past and present finding clever ways to fill in the missing pieces and having it all make sense.
I knew nothing about this book when I chose it by the positive reviews. It was one of the best books I have heard in a long time!
Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.
Yes. This book kept me engaged. I like a story that is cleverly organized. This is one of those stories, weaving from present time to earlier times in the lives of the characters. Really nicely crafted.
The book also gives a little insight into how Hollywood runs, now and in decades past. Interesting.
I can't figure out why people like this book so much. The story was meh, the characters were meh... I just don't get it. I finished it but I think that was just because I was trying to figure out what the hype was about. I think I might prefer more character development. With the story switching around as it did I really didn't care much about any of the characters and their stories. The narrator was good though.
He did a good job keeping the characters distinct and he seemed to have read the book before he narrated it (pet peeve of mine when they don't)
not so much
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!