Not normally my style of book, but I found this fascinating - the way the author developed the story - interspersed the various perspectives. Loved it. Highly recommended. Great narration as well - thought it really enhanced the whole experience.
The juxtaposition of Liz Taylor/Richard Burton in fabulous Rome with sad little Porto Vergona.
Pasquale for trying to bridge his family's traditions and his own yearnings
His Italian is gorgeous to listen to, and amazingly, his Richard Burton is also terrific.
Pasquale's wife. I would want to know more of her story.
Yes...the narrator brought more life to the characters than if I had just read the book.
I loved Pasquale. He had such heart.
He brings the characters to life...most especially with the Italian accents.
Yes...but obviously it was too long to do so. I was sad when it ended.
This is one very enjoyable story! The range of characters from the starlet to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; the dutiful son, trying to make a go of his father's dream, to the son who doesn't know who his father is and the ageing producer who turns himself into a freak as he searches for youth to the handsome aspiring writer trying to make a go of his life. Jess Walter's ability for counterbalance and contrasting is wonderful. Constant surprise as the background and full story of the portraits in the cave are finally revealed! Just delightful. I recommend this book it really is great!
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after reading all the reviews I bought this book and it wasnt what everyone claimed it to be. It was interesting at times but definitely not a great love story and way to much detail in certain chapters that was just blah blah blah about certain people that was just boring and I had to ff to get thru it. Overall the story wasn't very good. Very slow
best part was the reader he was really good!
Bottom line don't waste your time.
Love W.E.B. Griffin! Love the Wicked series. Love historical "sagas" and descriptive word pictures that put me in the time and place. Love listening on my long commute every day. Audible has made commuting tolerable!
Find your satisfaction.
Memorable part of beautiful ruins was realizing the old producer really didn't have ANY redeeming qualities.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
i have not read the print version but the narrator was very enjoyable. the accents helped paint a great picture in my head.
i won't pick one. i thought they were all important to weaving the story that i heard. minor characters had big impact, i like that.
the accent brought to life the language.
The first chapter was great and then it went downhill. The characters were so boring (except Pasquale) that I did not care what happened to them. The disparaging characterization of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor seemed contrived and uncomfortable. It reminded me of the trashy supermarket tabloids.
No. The problem with this book was not the genre.
If I had been reading the book, I would have never finished it. Edoardo was very entertaining easily switching between the different characters voices. He was superb. His Italian is flawless.
Parts of it were funny which Edoardo made even funnier. I really liked Pasquale especially in the first chapter.
I would definitely listen to this audible again. This is a book of people whose lives are intertwined over a course of 50 years. From Italy to California, the author describes in beautiful detail the surroundings, thoughts, and actions of characters that will become hauntingly familiar.
Pasquale became my favorite character. His innocence and strength was what I will remember.
The name is fitting. Our lives are all intertwined and the decisions we make seem to change the whole picture in only a small way, but none the less they snowball over time, thus 'Beautiful Ruins'. Like 'The Ruins' our decisions become concrete and remain our legacy for all to see.
Eduardo Ballerini did an amazing job with his narration. His command of both languages, and his inflections were spot on. I can't imagine the book being presented in any other way. Like an actor who is perfect for the part, he was meant to narrate this book.
The characters. Each were funny in their own way and very likable. I attribute that review to the writing and the performance. Both were well done
the actress's evaluation of the tennis court, the conversations between the italian men of the village and the honest love and appreciation the characters had for each other.
Perhaps but what I'd rather do is hang out in the Italian village with the people that lived there at that time.