A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
The narration of "Beautiful Ruins" is outstanding, and the narrator's Italian sounds lucious as it flows out of his mouth. The story is good, maybe even great, but I am held back by the hype this book has received prior to my listening to it (Jan 2013). I wonder if I had listened to it when it first came out that I might have thought more highly of it. With the great accolades it has received I had very high expectations, and maybe even too high. Still, it is worthy of your time as you explore the stories of Dee, Pasqual, Pat, and others. How do secrets impact your life and that of others? What can redemption look like? Are there second chances? These are all wonderful concepts considered across decades, continents and lives.
Romantic, fanciful and fun
Well drawn characters, many unique.
The reaction of the assistant producer as she listened to wanna-be story lines pitched.
The almost lost connection between the would be actress, aging and dying, and her profligate son.
The story loses credibility with the introduction of real life characters such as Richard Burton. It could have been just as strong a tale without him.
I enjoyed listening to Beautiful Ruins -- a nice story for audiobook where you could usually tell what time and place you were in, despite the movement of the narrative across continents and years. I didn't consider it a "masterpiece" and would not listen to it a second time, but I was definitely glad to listen to it.
I found it well-performed and paced, and at no point did I consider "putting it down," one of my personal barometers of how good an audiobook is.
This is a good book to "read" as an audiobook -- you can enjoy the story, and you don't need to see it in print to understand, or go back to refresh your memory of a complicated plot.
Yes, have already recommended it. It's an fun take on the movie world, interesting and fast paced with great characters.
Not normally my style of book, but I found this fascinating - the way the author developed the story - interspersed the various perspectives. Loved it. Highly recommended. Great narration as well - thought it really enhanced the whole experience.
The juxtaposition of Liz Taylor/Richard Burton in fabulous Rome with sad little Porto Vergona.
Pasquale for trying to bridge his family's traditions and his own yearnings
His Italian is gorgeous to listen to, and amazingly, his Richard Burton is also terrific.
Pasquale's wife. I would want to know more of her story.
Yes...the narrator brought more life to the characters than if I had just read the book.
I loved Pasquale. He had such heart.
He brings the characters to life...most especially with the Italian accents.
Yes...but obviously it was too long to do so. I was sad when it ended.
This is one very enjoyable story! The range of characters from the starlet to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; the dutiful son, trying to make a go of his father's dream, to the son who doesn't know who his father is and the ageing producer who turns himself into a freak as he searches for youth to the handsome aspiring writer trying to make a go of his life. Jess Walter's ability for counterbalance and contrasting is wonderful. Constant surprise as the background and full story of the portraits in the cave are finally revealed! Just delightful. I recommend this book it really is great!
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after reading all the reviews I bought this book and it wasnt what everyone claimed it to be. It was interesting at times but definitely not a great love story and way to much detail in certain chapters that was just blah blah blah about certain people that was just boring and I had to ff to get thru it. Overall the story wasn't very good. Very slow
best part was the reader he was really good!
Bottom line don't waste your time.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
Find your satisfaction.
Memorable part of beautiful ruins was realizing the old producer really didn't have ANY redeeming qualities.