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.
I person who has no life.
Write a different kind of book, I thought that it was all over the place and not very suited as an audio book
disappointment and confusion
Beautiful ruins as an audiobook makes it that you can`t even get the satisfaction of ripping the book up, (deleting is not as satisfying)
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!