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.
This story was one of those that you kept hoping would get better but after forcing yourself to get through most of the book it doesn't. The story idea had potential but was so bogged down in uninteresting characters and details it just never went anywhere.
Develop the characters in a more interesting exciting manner and tighten up the long drawn out story into a fully developed concept.
It was as overly melodramatic as the book.
Too many to count but definitely about the long drawn out story of Pat the son. It was just boring.
Wouldn't read another book by this author.
Yes, have more upbeat characters along the way.
I have not listened to books by Jess Walter before
It left me empty and uncomfortable.
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
This a sad collection of way too many characters. The "story" , or lack thereof, jumps from era to era, character to character, country to country. Good luck trying to keep track of where you are in the book. And then again, about half way through I realized that I didn't want to keep track and really wanted nothing more to do with the pathetic souls who wander through this dreary book.
I didn't read this book yet, but I really enjoyed the narrator's performance, so I would assume that he just took a great book and made it better. With so many reference to things in Italian, it was a plus for me to hear the correct pronunciation, which I don't think I would have accomplished on my own, just reading this book. I will probably give it a read myself at some point.
There were many. I really enjoyed any of the scenes that took place in the village.
My only critique would be that some parts could get a little slow and wandering with maybe a touch more flowery philosophical musings than was absolutely necessary. But, it was a minor annoyance, and did not take away from the overall story. I knew there were exciting things coming up, and sometimes felt like it was taking too long to get to them. But like I said, not at all reason enough to no love love love this book.