Lots of characters and tangled plotlines, well-performed by the narrator, but a story without charm. Also a little unbelievable that Richard Burton would not have investigated just what happened to the woman pregnant with his child. And that the woman would not tell the child of his heritage when he was such a loser and might have benefited with some "self-esteem" from having a famous father. While I read it to the end, to see how it turned out, it felt flat. The author says he fell in love with the Cinqueterre, but this version of the area feels impoverished and less ravishingly beautiful than that place is today. Surely even tho' the era depicted was the war and the 60's, the place still is smashingly gorgeous, and that gets downplayed. The "Hotel Adequate View" that is the scene of much of the action kind of says it all about this book: adequate, but limited view, and I did not like any of the characters very much. Some wise and lyrical passages here and there. Narrator did the Italian accents very well.
If the story would have some redeeming value. It was all about self absorbed people with horrible morals.
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Absolutely!! Because it is one of those satisfying stories. The narration is the best!! I think something would of been lost if you just read the book, the narrator "made" the story so rich and alive.
I can't think of a similar book, but it would compare with any book you have read or listened to and were very satisfied. The story wraps up nicely, the characters very believable.
Pasquale. He was so genuine, and so wise for being just a 22 year old innkeeper.
My Italian Love?
It took me a couple tries to get into the story but once I did, I never looked back!!
I did not read the print version however, listening to the beautiful Itallian languge spoken and not read is certainly a plus. It makes the story more real.
The meeting of everyone at the cabin.
A very romantic story and a personal awakening.
The writing is very amusing - witty and clever. Interweaving the essence of small town Italian culture with the decadence of Hollywood provides a lot of opportunity for amusing encounters. The prose is delightful and the author deftly moves between the stories time sequences. This is one of those all too rare books that will make you smile, occasionally laugh out loud and also appreciate the sorrows of life and love.
About a third of the way through the book, the reader is given the opportunity to understand how all the stories are interconnected. Although this can be a very funny book, it feels bittersweet to sense the deep emotion and history of the characters.
His narration and accents allows you to visualize the characters.
Highly recommended - a delightful book.
The narration is what sold me, his voice is captivating and easy to listen to.
This was a wonderful book. I loved the stories and how they were told
I highly recommend
The story is developed in an interesting and intricate manner. The characters are all somewhat caricatures but taken together they make a fun story.
This was a rich story beautifully told.
The reading of the book is sensational. One of my favourite listening experiences to date. Edoardo Ballerini seamlessly moved in and out of the characters as he wove the story. Very entertaining - every free moment I was going back to my iPad to listen to what would happen next.
Beautiful ruins is...beautiful. I enjoyed listening to Edoardo Ballerini, who brought life to the rich casts of characters. Beautiful Ruins is a huge story about love and the decisions we make in life. Give it a go, you will like the experience.