Attributing an illegitimate child to a celebrity is a little far-out and borders on besmirching someone's reputation. esp since they are no longer around to defend themselves. Going back and forth in time periods needs to be handled carefully, otherwise it tends to become hard to follow.....
This book culminates in most of the characters meeting together that takes your breath away. As a reader I was already so emotionally invested in each of the characters that are so vividly described, that when they finally met I needed to hear it several times to view it from each perspective.
All of the Italian characters' voices ring true with a great accent.
The only improvement I would suggest is the voice of the heroine, Deborah (Dee.) Throughout most of the book the narrator voices her character in a martyr-like voice that was completely devoid of energy. I found it very annoying!
The story was riveting and fun.
The weaving of the interesting tales of each person.
Definitely although impossibly long to listen to in one sitting.
This is an intricate novel that melds several different genres and a host of characters to create a truly engrossing read.
I especially loved all the little side "genre" parts -- Pat's play, the Donner party pitch, the excerpts from Michael Dean's how to book -- all these added to the plot and really held my interest.
Pascale -- without a doubt. Loved the Italian accent and of course, the actual Italian!
I would consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print because of Edoardo Ballerini's beautiful narration. He made it possible to accept the storyline, especially with respect to Richard Burton's role. I don't think I would have made it through this book if I had read it on my own.
Pasquale, our main character, was my favorite. From start to finish, he displays a human decency that we wish we could see in everyone.
Edoardo Ballerini's Italian is another reason why I was able to get through his book. Having to make these pronunciations on my own would have slowed me down. I was also greatful that the author included definitions/explanations of Italian terms. Some authors don't do that for the reader which causes a disconnect.
Pasquale is the type of person I would enjoy spending time with ... a very trustworthy and surprising character, only to the point that it's believable.
I'm glad that I spent time with this book. Normally, it is not one I would have spent my money on, and it's not one that I would listen to again. It did, however, leave me with a lot to think about with respect to character. I have caught myself repeating the line "We want what we want" a number of times since finishing. It's so appropriate.
I love yoga. I love cooking healthy, organic, natural, delicious food. I love reading, writing, traveling. But more than anything, I love laughing and cuddling with my Michael and our pup.
Overall, the book had a surface level and shallow plot. The characters were well developed but the book in sum was uninspiring. It’s written somewhat well, but constantly infused with negativity, in order to play up the “ruins” part of the title. The author rarely turned that around into “beauty" though. It’s also rather crude and, towards the end, a bit random at times. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Grabbed my heart.
It stands alone.
I loved his ability to sound different with every character. His accents were also spot on. He gave the listen it's enjoyment.
Paoquale. He seemed so sweet and caring.
It had more than romance. It also gave you vivid pictures of that part of Italy.
The melodramatic ending! Liked the beginning...and the descriptions of people were priceless, especially of the producer with his weird face, and the "milk fed veal". But overall, it was sort of predictable.
A delightful story full of characters who touch each other without much harm, despair, or regrets. A wonderful surprise.