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...
The intertwining of all the stories
Everything. He was an excellent narrator
Dee Mora -she seemed like she had the most depth to her
I have read this book in the past but it is so much better when it is being read to you with the Italian accents and language. Great story. Worth the $.
This was worth listening to. Good story, characters that stay true to form and a voice that fit well. It does have adult content, but not throughout the whole book.
I loved the intertwining of all the characters. As varied and random as they were, the author wove their stories into a fascinating read.
His excellent Italian, for one thing. He was a pleasure to listen to.
I found this book very compelling and couldn't wait to go on my walks so I could listen to more. There have been a few books in my life that I hated to see come to a close, and this is one of them.
how the author played with time, and how he created his themes through the characters.
he was wonderful. great Italian accents, authentic AND understandable for a non Italian speaker.
one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. I plan to listen or read more of this author.
"Beautiful Ruins" is among my favorite audiobooks. It ranks in my top 10 of the audiobooks I've listened to thus far.
The story was very well-paced. The way Jess Walter switched back and forth from the past to the present kept up the intrigue and engaged me completely. I also loved the well-developed characters and their interactions with each other.
He has an excellent lyricism to his voice that makes you forget you're listening to a narrator at all. He also has an excellent command of Italian, so his accents were well done. A poor accent can take me right out of a story, but Ballerini's ability to shift effortlessly from woman to man, Italian to American, and young to old made his narration completely effortless.
I loved the early scenes set in Porto Vergonia, especially those featuring the American writer.
I really enjoyed the way the chapters depicted slices of different times past and present for the same characters.
The narrator was excellent in his ablity to protray the various characters.