This is a delightful tale that is beautifully written. I would recommend this book (and have) to anyone looking for an escape into a delightful world of well defined characters that have both poignant and amusing stories.
Unknown. I haven't read the book, just have the audio version.
When Pasquil (unsure of spelling) chose to do what he thought was the "right thing" and did not tell Dee Moore how he felt about her.
The way he changed his voice for each character.
The author effortlessly inter-twines different time periods, taking the listener on a wonderful journey from 1962 through present day. Along the way, we get to intimately learn about each character. The author's wonderful way with words makes it easy and enjoyable for the listener to get a sense of the people, places and situations in the various story lines in the book.
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
This book seems sweetly nostalgic through most of the telling, even when the memories aren't that positive. We are drawn into a sleepy Italian seaside town that becomes not-sleepy for awhile. The characters are well drawn, and well acted by the narrator. The interwoven stories are complete enough not to be confusing, and compelling on their own, but even more compelling when they all converge near the end. The plot didn't race from moment to moment, making me crave the story like a drug. Instead, the story was more like a really good gourmet meal, with new pleasures arriving with each course, and dessert at the end. In style, it reminded me of the Three Junes, a book I also enjoyed very much.
I loved the story line, up to the end. The reader really made it first class with the voices, accents and languages. The way the ends tied together at the closing were a little Dickensonian for me - too tidy for real life, but the rest drew me in.
Fantastic! Wow, can Jess Walter write! He describes this book perfectly when referring to it as a "braid" of stories. I am not always a fan of books with many characters and subplots, but Walters made me care about all of them, especially Dee/ Deborah and Pasquale. The other characters, while not as "likable," we're just as compelling in the confusion of their lives.
And, the narration was such a pleasure to listen to. So many voices, so many accents, all done very well. I look forward to hearing more from this narrator.
The story promised a ton of potential and started out extremely strong and captivating, but in my opinion was quite over-written, rambling when not needed, jumping in with sub-stories that distracted from the story, rather than added to it, and ultimately, towards the end, started to lose me completely. Was grateful that the end resolved a bit, although not with as great a satisfaction as I would have liked. This book could have benefitted from more editing prior to publication.
The very, very end, when the circle closed on two really great people.
Hmmmm.... as mentioned, this story had (has) a TON of potential, and maybe if the stub-stories were cut and the script revised as much as was done by Claire's version of the play in the book, and if less time was spent on Michael Dean's face and a ton less time on Shanes Donner!, then maybe yes!. And really? Richard Burton and Liz Taylor? Totally made the story unbelievable.
This audiobook was an average listen, story-wise.
Edoardo Ballerini's performance was vey nice, however.
Beautiful Ruins seemed to me to be so clearly written from a male perspective. Characters in the story could be observed, but there was very little to be learned from them. If the author did this intentionally, then he did an exceptional job. If this was not his intention, then there was an opportunity missed to reveal inner workings of some beautiful ruins -- human as we are.
I liked the ending and the philosophy of the story.
It was too long. It started out very slowly and it was confusing.
I loved the ending.
He was okay.
No. The story is over.
Wonderful love story!
The description of the paintings in the caves.
His fluent Italian and his spot on accent of an Italian speaking broken English.
This story was very entertaining and made even more so by the narrator!
A lovely story with interesting characters. The only negative was the amount of jumping around with multiple story threads. To me, this makes it difficult to invest in characters. Because of this, it took awhile to get going and into it.
The final chapter was a bit heavy handed, but wonderful and beautiful. You did kinda have to rack your brain to remember who was who and the audio version of the book made the delineation of some stories cloudy, but not to the point of anything overly negative.
The narrator was very good, with a few pronunciation issues, but overall was fantastic.
I do recommend. Especially great vacation book.