Not sure why this book has gotten such rave reviews. Parts were very well written and engaging. Much of it was tedious and boring.
The performance was by far the best part of the book. Mr. Ballerini's can switch genders in a believeable way. His imitation of Richard Burton was wonderful.
The story was good but not great. Very realistic but not much of a good feeling when the book is done. I wasn't looking for Cinderella but something kind of nice
The story was interesting, it definitely carried you along. The outcome of the story just kind of let me down.
His performance was amazing, perfect!
It was worth the listen one time but, this is not a book I'll listening to again.
I found the Beautiful Ruins to be such a mixed bag. Some parts seemed quite tacky while others could be so moving to bring a tear to the eye! The extremes of location, Hollywood and Italy in the 60's,are an unlikely combination and I often didn't know what to think. Yet, when it was all over I missed it, so on the whole, despite the weirdness, I'm giving it thumbs up!
This is a delightful book in every way. Jess Walter brought a te touch to a a story that made me stop and think more than a few times. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect narrator. I had a smile on my face the entire time I listened this book. I've also recommended it to 5 different people and I've heard from them all about how much they enjoyed it.
I listen to approximately 40 hours of audio books a month. I love audio books.
Yes I might.
Most interesting was traveling back into post war Italy. Least interesting was suffering through the crass American characters and all the Hollywood lingo.
Favorite scenes: the conflicts with the local mobster.
Probably not. A movie can never do justice to a book. It's just not possible and always a disappointment.
I find this book is over hyped. Yes it has hundreds of very high ratings but I suspect it's mostly from a female audience. If this book was made into a movie it would called a "chick flick". I've listened to dozens of books and this doesn't rate among my favorites but yes I did enjoy it.
It was beautifully written and the narration was among the best. Ballerini is skillful at moving between different voices and accents in a way that brings the individual characters alive.
I really enjoyed all of the different story lines that converged at the end. It had humor, sadness, conflict, and resolution. A very satisfying read....or listen!
I couldn't wait for it to end.
All the characters were a mess and the bad language did not add a thing to the book.
I don't have an opinion on the narration.
This was a story that made me laugh and cry while constantly admiring the talent of the writer and the amazing performance of Edoardo Ballerini. I have never seen an author so skillfully switch between past and present finding clever ways to fill in the missing pieces and having it all make sense.
I knew nothing about this book when I chose it by the positive reviews. It was one of the best books I have heard in a long time!
Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.
Yes. This book kept me engaged. I like a story that is cleverly organized. This is one of those stories, weaving from present time to earlier times in the lives of the characters. Really nicely crafted.
The book also gives a little insight into how Hollywood runs, now and in decades past. Interesting.