You learn the stories of each character and then they are so interwoven, so as to tie it all together.
I loved how the characters grew and changed as they became self aware.
i did order the audio version and im so glad i did.. chapters were lengthly due to intertwining of characters and their stories. writer ties the tale up in a beautiful bow. eduardo di a great servce to the writers story,broken itlian was right on the money....have already recommended itto my brother and girlfriend.thanks for the tip in beutiful ruins i was very happy to read this book and iI loved the ending
everything especially the flow of storyline and the way every tale comes together int he end
no extream reaction just the flow of different emotions as the book progressed
if you read this book and didnt like it try the AUDIO version, if you read the book and did like it try the AUDIO version and fall in love with Beautiful Ruins again.
Although I haven't read the print version, I loved the way the narrator read the accents. His rich nuances of each dialect helped bring the characters alive.
Pasqualle - humble, caring, honest, determined... I just loved him.
He was fabulous with the various accents. His voice made you live the story.
It was not a laugh out loud book. Yes, there were segments that made me smile in my mind's eye... clever lines, dialogue, or good plot. It had emotional elements, but did not make me weep. More importantly, I did feel that I couldn't wait to "read" more... and found myself inventing chores and things to do in order to continue listening.
It was my turn to pick a book for my book club. I had raced through 6 or 7 different books trying to find one that I wanted to recommend. I wanted my book club friends to fall in love with my selection, so I knew my choice could not just be a mediocre read. I was intrigued when I read a review that claimed Beautiful Ruins could be the next "The Help" (as far as popularity). That convinced me to try it. I was not disappointed. The characters are richly developed and I loved how the story spans 50-60 years with various characters' lives brushing into and intertwining with other characters' lives... It was also fascinating to me how the author actually made Richard Burton an integral character in the book with dialogue (as opposed to merely referencing him as a character). The ending was wonderfully crafted and satiated my curiosity about the fate and goings on of each character. Bravo... this will be the crown in our collective book discussions.
I'm not sure why this book had the great reviews -Marketing promotion I guess. I listened to the entire book- but found every character to be depressing. And the fact that I agreed with some of the characters thoughts - had me depressed with myself. The narrator was excellent, great variation between characters, clear and easy to understand.
The performance was great! Hearing the Italian characters and their accents perfectly portrayed really helps you hear the anguish, excitement and passion in their story!
The WHOLE thing! The setting, the descriptions, the fights-- the jokes!
I haven't listened to him before but I will LOOK for him now!
When Pasqualli returned to Amadea!
Among the first five.
Pascale. Such a gentle, honest soul
Pascale. Loved the accent.
Pascale. So many things to learn from his life story.
Masterful writing, gorgeous performance. It was really a true pleasure to listen to it.
The story line and characters were engaging. I thought it was a poignant and thought provoking book that stayed enjoyable throughout.
The narration by Edoardo Ballerini was just amazing, he has a true gift and brought the story to life.
Finally, an ending worth raving about! Seems I have been in a lull with good, unpredictable and satisfying endings but this did not disappoint!!
Visualizing Porto Vergogna, the author did a great job and the cover was very helpful too.
Amazing book. Excellent reader. I finished it over a month ago and the characters still seem real to me. I love the interweaving storylines and the settings in both Europe and the U.S. Highly recommended.
Loved This Book. Loved how all the stories are woven together. I Laughed and I Cried!!