This book drew me in from the first sentence, and I could not stop listening until the last. The yearning of the characters, the bittersweetness of their fates, the interweaving of such disparate lives - all this could have devolved into something cringeworthy and manipulative. But Jess Walter is brilliant and his marvelous use of language, both english and italian - his obvious empathy for his characters - his wonderful humor and tenderness are what make this tale a gift to listen to. Ballerini's reading is pure pleasure - and I especially enjoyed the pure musicality of his italian.
The stories of the various characters are expertly woven together. The expressiveness of this book is just lovely. And the performance is amazing. I thouroughly enjoyed this listen.
I would never have bought this book had it not been for the Audible recommendation and the great reviews. Best decision ever. Absolutely perfect in every way. Narration was stellar and the story was beautifully written.
Yes it is a love story, in fact many different ones woven in the tale. So beautiful it makes you ponder the tittle. The characters are so well developed you wish you could meet these people. Some you want to put your arms around, and some you want to kick. The author transports us semlessly betwen the past history of the characters and present day.
Touching unique beautiful
I could see the characters, and I cared about them
Outstanding all around, great work with different voices
Not an option for me
Intoxicating, mesmerizing and exciting
No other book compares. Beautiful Ruins is unique
Everything, he was perfect
Yes, if only time would allow.
Buy this book.
More interesting characters
Make me care about the characters...any of them!
There was potential in the original story, but the forward in time story was flat
Don't waste your time, there are much better books out there.
I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!
Visual, mesmerizing, articulate (I'm really not able to limit it to 3)
Pasquali (sorry, not sure how it is spelled since I was listening)
This is going on my top 10 list (maybe 5)
I loved this book. It took me away to Cinque Terre and hiking thru the hills. It took me back to the 60s and the movie stars of the time. Edoardo Ballerini is marvelous to listen to. He is a master with his voice. The accents and voices of either man or woman he was wonderful. I have listened to this book already twice. Some parts more. Jess Walter spins a wonderful story with interesting characters I would like to know, scenes so vivid I am there. Parts were sweet, parts funny, parts witty and parts melancholy. A classic I will listen to again.
A wonderful story spanning 50 years and two continents.
The narrator is the best I've heard yet: accents, lingo, languages -- all beautiful.