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!!
I loved, loved, loved this story - for several reasons. The character development. The narrator - fabulous narrator, makes me want to learn Italian and go to this quaint little village in Italy (although I believe it's fictional and doesn't exist). The characters - each with a great story. The surprises - characters and back stories were brought in that I was not expecting.
No murders (well sorta - read it and you will see what I mean). No violence (other than that one time but. . . . ). No sex. NOT ONE cuss word. (How refreshing - not that I couldn't watch my language a lot more!) No politics. A story that didn't relay on any of those things or gimmicks. A love story. A story about family. Lost love. Hollywood. Italy.
I don't really know what I was expecting but not something of this caliber. It's a story you want to to not stop listening to yet you don't want it to end. It's one of those stories where you feel personally involved with all the characters and it's a story that stays with you.
The narrator is superb. Because of him, and the story, this is one I know i will listen to again some day. The story is so pleasant and enjoyable. It was what I was looking for because I'd grown very tired of all the murders and gratuitous violence and sex. Usually I like a good murder mystery with a some sex, I'm not a prude, but I was just tired of bullets through the eye, back of the head blown off, detailed sexual encounters, you get my drift.
Read it before Hollywood ruins it with a movie cause you know they will make a movie out of it. It's that kind of great story.
It's never dull and has you waiting for what happens next.
Listen to it. I think you will love it. Now I have to buy it in hardcover because it's one I want on my bookshelf too!
I haven't been a fan of Jess Walter's sarcastic, too-clever writing style, but after reading reviews I gave this a try. Definitely his best work yet! Fascinating characters and storyline, and Walters uses the alternating past-present storyline to good effect.
The narrator does a fine job with one really irritating exception: toward the end of the book he mispronounces almost EVERY place name in the author's own home town (and mine). Really?!! Couldn't someone have consulted the author or checked this, seeing as its where the whole story comes together?