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
The story was interesting but sometimes the author would get so detailed in minor things that I would put the book down for days and not be tempted to pick it back up. For me a really great book I can't put down because I can't wait to see what happens next. This is not that book. The story is a journey and in the end you expect all the parts to come together and they do but unfortunately for me I didn't care because the characters were not interesting enough. I know others really liked this book but it was just okay for me. The narrator was fantastic, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have finished the story.
A “Great Gatsby” wanta be that missed the mark. A sweet little book that I would NOT recommend. The last few chapters are extremely slow, wordy and boring.
122 titles and counting i really should review more!
i listen to more guy friendly books, more of a John Grisham, Micheal Connoly, Jim Butcher, kinda guy. and it took me a little bit for this book to get me hooked but when it did it set the hooks in deep. if like me you like a little more action upfront. give it some more time it is worth the payout.i loved it and i hated when it ended. also i don't give many reviews but i think this GEM is marvelous.
I don't know what drew me to this book but I am so glad I took the time to listen. Loved the story and the narration. It really drew me in. I couldn't wait for it to end so but now I can't wait to listen again. I don't often (never) listen to books more than once really but this one may be the one I listen to again. I highly recommend it.