Simply stated this book is beautifully written, and it's wonderful descriptive style lends itself especially well to the audio format. The narration was perfect - I was drawn in by the narrator's voice, and listening was a joy. I loved it so much I want to own the actual book now!
Although at times the story moved a little slowly, it was always for a reason. I particularly like the use of "time travel" in a story, going back and forth seems to allow a special perspective, a slow but meaningful story development that keeps the reader's mind engaged and wondering about the next step in the story.
A lovely story, beautifully narrated - I just don't think you can go wrong with this one. I raved about it to friends before I was even finished listening.
This is a great book to listen to. The reader is so good and the story is so well written that I feel like I was watching a movie rather than listening to a book. I love that. I didn't give it 5 stars because it wasn't the best book I have ever read BUT it was a great book and definitely worth the purchase.
I loved the setting! The way the author described the sea side village! I want to go there! Absolutely delightful!
Pasquale, both of them!
My favorite scene was when Pasquale and Dee were in the cave watching the light over the paintings!
No, I wanted to stretch it out as long as I could!
I loved this audiobook...I listened to it constantly while walking the dog or doing dishes. The plot overlapping with various time frames was riveting and I felt truly invested in finding out what happened to the characters. Would even listen to it again....
This was an engaging and beautifully written story. Not only is Jess Walter a brilliant writer, he obviously does excellent research which flows effortless thorughout the plot.
Although this book is getting rave reviews it was one of my least favorites. The story line seemed to drag out and go off on unrelated tangents.
easy enough to listen to, but found the storyline a little erratic in regards to the timeline
would try another
appropriate, well modulated
certainly would like to visit that coastline
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend. It was so well read and the story was captivating. Loved every minute of it!
All of the characters were very well portrayed. I think if I had to pick a favourite it would be Pasquale, a man with the heart and soul of a child.
I loved the voices that he gave to the characters. Each one was very distinct and the diction was perfect.
Don't hesitate to read this wonderful book. It is a story to relax with at any time of day.
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.” ― Mark Twain
No I don't think I would. While I really enjoyed Edoardo Barrerini's performance the story really left a lot to be desired for me. By the end of the novel I didn't feel any connection to the characters and I didn't really care how it ended. Also parts (I don't wish to spoil anything for anyone) surrounding some of the "Hollywood" elements really seemed farfetched. This book defiantly has, and will have, people who enjoy it, however for me the title "Best Book Since "The Help" is not deserving and I would caution others about making a decision based on that statement as I did.
I just didn't enjoy the characters or the plot line - I never found a connection, and I was never rushing home from work to listen like I have for other audio books.
Every book appeals to different people, this one just wasn't for me.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Beautiful Ruins is in the top quarter of the books I have listened to... which is a few hundred.
I think Pasquale was my favourite character. He stayed true to himself throughout the book. He was pure, sweet and kind.
Every scene was masterfully written. I was impressed with the way Jess wove the story by going back and forth from the past to the present, filling in details about the characters' lives as he went. Beautifully done.
The most memorable character might well have been Dee. She endured a lot of nonsense in the Hollywood world and considering it all, was a good and caring mother. Her strength grew as the story unfolded.
This is a must read. Be prepared to be transported into the lives of these people.