More action, more excitement, more surprise, at least one (but preferably more) really original, out of the ordinary character.
There was no such scene.
Found all the scenes boring, so it is hard to pick any.
Only bought it because the success of the book was compared to that of The Help. It beats me how those two books - Beautiful Ruins being so boring, The Help being so exciting - could be equally successful.
I'll be in the house soon. I just can't get out of the car until I hear one more chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author wove the different characters and their stories together through out the the book.
The ending of the story. Weaving together all the various characters and their stories was very well done, and an excellent way to conclude Beautiful Ruins.
A better way to word this question would be...What about Edoardo Ballerini's performance DIDN'T I like? Ballerini did a fantastic job.
An evening with Dee and Pascalli would be delightful.
Beautiful Ruins was a wonderful book to listen to. Edoardo Ballerini did a fantastic job narrating the book. I was sorry to have the story end.
The books description failed to mention all the other story llinjes and "ruined" individuals that the book addressed. It was hard to follow. the book I beleived would have been better if it focused on Dee's character and her realtionships.
Engaging, Thoughful, Creative
The characters voices are done so nicely by Edoardo. You feel like you are actually present when he is reading.
I was surprised how much I liked this book and thought it was going to be some “Chic Lit” type book. It’s a much deeper and complex story than I expected with some wit and humor. I love how the connections of the characters develop and it was a fast pace book so I didn’t feel like the story was dragging on and on. The narrator was excellent (however at times some of his characters sounded like Alec Baldwin which was a tiny bit distracting).
A different story line. I was expecting something different. I am not into "Hollywood stories" so I didn't find the subject to be interesting. It felt like the same characters, same problems, egomania, addictions, wanna-be's, etc.
The novel jumped around quite a bit and was difficult to follow, which character, what time, where. The ending felt just thrown together to tie up all the pieces.
I loved the story, however, the author jumped a lot between scenarios & left me going back to determine where he was in time. The story flow was not as smooth as I prefer.
When Pasquale finally found Dee at the cabin.
Different worlds can come together. Compassion plays a big part in relationships.
Love never dies.
I loved Pasquale's sense of responsibility to his first love in spite of his new found feelings for Dee.
I just don't get the hype. After reading recent news of fraudulent reviews on Amazon, I am suspicious of what is posted. I almost stopped halfway through, but kept thinking about the reviews and that this just had to get interesting. The narration is superb, but the writing needed editing. When I hear a contradiction, I get stuck on that and this book distracted me in that way. I thought it was a sappy romance, relying on historical figures to make it interesting.
I saw this novel compared to "The Help", and was surprised because "The Help" was much better than "Beautiful Ruins" - at least in my opinion. This was a good story, but not an unforgettable one.