Yes. First the story is so finely woven that surely I have missed important details. Second, the narrator really does an incredible job. His voice did not distract me from the story but brought me in.
I don't know but I did love it as much as The Help
I am almost finished and I don't want it to end.
workingmomof2. Lots of driving time = many Audio books
Could be a movie, about the movies and the train wrecks the whole business leaves in its wake. The characters are full of spicey differences and the name dropping references are fun for those of us who even know who they are anymore. The visuals of the Italian seaside villages are dreamy and the narration is perfect in every way. A Medateranian vacation. Make it a film, I will go. Its just a zen kind of story, drink tea, relax and listen.
I enjoyed this audio book from its inception and until the very end, which I felt was beautifully accomplished. The novel plays back and forth over time and two continents as we meet the believable characters involved in this somewhat involved story of love, failure, success, life and its choices and ultimately making the right choices. I cannot recommend it enough and will look for other work by the author and the narrator as well.
I rarely take time to write reviews but this book was so well written and so entertaining that I had to. I enjoyed this audiobook more than any other audiobook I've listened to. The story was captivating. The characters were compelling and the narrator did an absolutely amazing job with his performance. I could listen to his voice all day long!
No one else. Mr. Ballerini did all he could to handle this exhaustive narrative
The best thing I can say about this audio book is that the narrator was phenomenal! I loved the concept of the story and the characters, however, I felt that the profanity and crassness took away from the potential beauty of the novel. Yes, that made it more realistic when portraying the characters, but I think that there are ways to do that without cheapening the literary quality with cussing and crudeness. I also found much of the character development to be long and drawn out with insignificant details to the point that I would get bored waiting until it got to the meat of the story.
Everything...from the beginning to the end. Each character was so immaculately sculptured. Listened twice and both times it took my breath away. My favorite line..."what took you so long?" and the response.
Jess Walter left no detail unanswered. All loose ends were tied together.
All of them. I will search for Mr. Ballerini's other works. His characters were amazing
This was an emotional journey i gladly took again.
The novel was well-written and the narrator was awesome. I loved the way everything was intertwined. Even though there was a lot of skipping around from the present to past, it was surprisingly easy to follow.
I'd love to go to Italy, so yes, I suppose so.
Yes, I fell in love with all the characters and with Italy. The character development was key, just the right amount of it. The back and forth from past to present made the story more intriguing and truly held my interest. Had the story been told from the beginning to end chronologically, I don't think it would have had the same effect. Loved everything about and surrounding "Front Man."
Nothing. I adored Edoardo Ballerini's performance greatly.
Endearing, witty, touching
The way the author created the different plot lines and brought them together in the end was wonderful. The author has a great sense of humor, too. One of the characters is a young screenwriter whose dream is to write a script for an epic film about the Donner party, which he decides to title "Donner!"
The narration was among the best I've heard. Distinct voices for each character, but not overacted. He brought the endearing, sometimes maddening, characters to life and enhanced the emotional impact of the story.
Mother, knitter, reader, lifelong learner, technical writer, former library assistant & hematologist.
I am in awe of Jess Walter and his writing talent. In Beautiful Ruins he takes numerous disparate characters and stories and manages to tie them together perfectly in a book that I was sorry to see end. I resisted reading this book for a long time, sure that it couldn't live up to the hype. I finally gave in, sure that I wouldn't like it, but I was amazed at Walter's ability to make me care about nine characters over five decades and two continents in situations both ludicrous and serious. This book includes a dying Hollywood starlet, an Italian who runs the Hotel Adequate View, a book (chapter) within the book, an over-the-top Hollywood producer along with excerpts from his self-help book, his cynical assistant who has seen too much of the worst of Hollywood, Richard Burton, and the infamous pitch for the movie Donner!, all written perfectly, with incredible observance, detail, and depth, and with enough humor to make you laugh out loud.
Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect narrator for this book. He brings the many characters to life and his wonderful voice and Italian pronunciation make this excellent book even better.
Beautiful Ruins is entertaining, but not lightweight or frivolous. I think it's mainly about fame/infamy, finding meaning in a world of junk culture, love, and loss. I feel lucky that I've never read anything by this author and can look forward to reading much more from the brilliant mind of Jess Walter.