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.
Pasquale (the Italian guy) is my absolute favorite character. He has humor and heart and held my interest the most. The historical characters seemed to have more depth than those in the current time period, which were slightly stereotypical, although they also had their own truth about them. And the they did gain more layers as the story progressed.
Amazing. Wonderful. Fabulous.
He did a great job of giving each character its own voice, and he handled the American and Italian accents with ease.
I thought this was a lovely book, although it got off to a slow start. It's told in two different time periods, and when the story line is split, both need to be set up before anything can really happen. What kept me going at the beginning was the wonderful narration by Edoardo Ballerini -- he was fabulous!
Although it started slow, it wasn't boring...it was kind of like a languorous walk on the beach, enjoyable but not getting anywhere fast. This isn't a high action book, but more begins to happen and the story unfolds in the second half of the book. I stopped about 30% of the way through and picked up another book. A week later, I started where I left off, and it captivated me and held my attention.
I recommend this book. Although beware, there are times when the language can get a little "rough". There are also some sexual situations, but they are brief and not very descriptive.
Someone who doesn't know how Irish, Scottish and English accents should sound.
He read it beautifully until the British and Irish accents became part of it.
Sorry to the reader for this critique. It was, otherwise, beautifully read.
This is a good book! Engaging and has a nice pace..I really enjoyed listening.But I've seen reviews comparing Beautiful Ruins to The Help, and I just don't see that. I think this book is good in it's own way, but in my opinion, if I had bought it thinking it would be comparable to The Help, I would have been disappointed.
I think that would be a tough expectation for any book to live up to.
I was able to predict many (not all) of the 'reveals', but that didn't ruin the experience for me.
This was my first Edoardo Ballerini-listen. He was fantastic!
best T. Coraghessan Boyle book ever written :-) No seriously amazing! This book is not only for women, although I see it in book stores in the "for Women sections". This is one of the best books I've read period! Excellent narration Mr Ballerini
I gave this book four stars out of five because its ambitions--covering so many lives through so much time--sometimes gets in its own way. But don't let that stop you from listening--a truly charming love story that has an upbeat, everyone wins trajectory with enough introspection and perspective to keep eyes from cynically rolling. Very well done indeed...
This wasn't my favourite book to listen to but it was okay. Most definitely not a "page turner" but the story was interesting enough. I never truly got invested in the characters so I was never really rooting for anyone. The story itself was a nice easy listen, but unlike some other books I didn't look forward to my daily commute because of it.
The Narrator was good, but I am really not a good judge of this because I've never really had a problem with any of the narrators so far.
I rarely re-listen to a novel, but I would listen to this one again.
I enjoyed the way the author developed the characters and wove their individual stories together. I also enjoyed the way the story wove through time from 1962 to present day and back and forth. I would recommend this book highly