Excellent book and one of the best performanc I've heard. It is one of the best written books I have read or listened to. The book does jump to different locations and is sometimes confusing when listening to it, an issue that would not be as bad in a written book.
I love the way the writer submerges you on all this different places and times with very well thought characters and scenarios.
A family saga with an edgy twist! Clearly Mr. Walter is sharing from personal experiences and emotions. In this the lives and emotions of the characters ring true.
This story was absorbing and entertaining without the need for foul language and violence. Very refreshing! This is an old fashion tale of love lost and found set in Italy and the US spanning many years. Wonderful book! A must read for people who enjoyed The Help and The Secret LIfe of Bees.
Interesting, entertaining, different
The versatility of his character changes. Every character is so different, and he made every one of them stand out.
Italian get away, but I wouldn't rename it.
I struggled with this book at first and was 1/3 the way through before I realized I really liked it. interesting through out, definitely keep reading.
One of the best books I've read in a long time. So Thought Provoking!
Pat He teaches us contintment.
Smile of Heaven
Read this book everyone.
I loved the character development and intermingling plot lines.
When Pasquel and Dee came back together after a life time apart.
The Front Man play in Sandy Point, ID.. I felt as though I was there and I felt the emotions of the actors.
I definitely felt intense emotion.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a good love story set in so many ecitng venues.
Well written story narrated by an excellent actor. I feel as if I watched this book instead of listening to it. I did feel the ending was awkward and a little cheap compared to the rest of the book.
This is a love story. And a movie story. I think generally a female audience might appreciate this book.
I applaud Jess Walter, she is a fine author. For me the story was rather bleak.
I kept thinking that he sounded a lot like Scott Brick. He did a fine job of distinguishing characters.
I enjoyed hearing about the Cinque Terra and about some of the actual historical actors in the story.
The editors on Audible raved about this book and made it sound amazing. The story was only ok. I feel like it was a bait and switch. The hype made it a disappointment.
I feel ambivalent about this book. It was quite engaging in parts, and at times I felt transported to the little Italian village where it is set, but there are long sections that are not so much about "beauty" and are more about the "ruins" of love and relationships. I found it left me sad, with little reward as there were no great insights or meaningful reflections. In fact although i downloaded it as a "vacation read' I actually had to stop listening to it as I felt it was bringing my mood down and ruining my vacation. I did finish it on my return home, and the story does eventually all come together, but the main beauty for me, was when it ended...