The plot was well constructed with lots of unexpected twists. But I'd have preferred to hear more about Italy and a lot less about Hollywood.
Most interesting - plot development. Least interesting - everything pertaining to Hollywood.
All characters were read in the same dull cadence - which contributed to my lack of interest in the story.
I felt like it jumped between to many characters and eras.
Confusion, and disappointment.
I feel like I would have to listen to this book again just to figure out all the details. But I don't want to listen to it again.
Hard to imagine this book in print after experiencing the finely tuned and intuitive narration of Edoardo Ballerini. This is a beautiful story made even more beautiful as an audiobook.
Again a book with layers and characters that were a little surprising. The description of the surroundings painted a picture in which the characters moved about creating the story. The humour shone through.
There were several moments which were not expected. To tell may spoil the story for a reader/listener.
The narrator brought the characters to life making them real expressing their personality traits and behaviours which again made me 'see' the players.
The Italian Innkeeper
The book was a little surprising for me, I didn't think it would be my type of book but it was and I'm very glad I took the opportunity of the thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Mom, Photographer, Designer
Enveloping, intriguing, empathetic
Find out that Dee didn't have cancer.
I really loved his portrayal of Richard Burton as a scoundrel.
Dee Moray. She led such an interesting life.
I hated for it to end.
I highly recommend this audiobook. The narration was perfection...the story was plausible and often riveting. It definitely got off to a verrry slow start but because we had a long drive we decided to give it a chance. It was worth the wait. Once the plot got moving it positively hummed along. The narrator deserves some of the credit to keeping me interested. I wish Edoardo Ballerini voiced more audible selections. He can do female voices that don't sound like he's trying to hard, a variety of male voices and transition between them seamlessly. Sadly, few others can do the same. I am sure there are many audible fans who would agree.
Maybe- I really enjoyed the narrator
It was all over the place. I enjoyed the first part on the Island but then it took off in too many directions, most just plain silly. And I do not enjoy hearing about people who never grow up.
Having the son follow in his fathers footstep is a cliche.
Everything, I would never have finished reading the book and even though his narration is good I am having a hard time listening to the end, I keep skipping ahead, since it is pretty predictable.
I am surprised this book got so many good reviews. The author can write but needs much better subject matter.
The evolution of the characters over time.
No. This book was a little bit crass for me. I would not seek out something else by this author.
His Richard Burton voice.
I had purchased this book a few months back, after reading about it in EW mag. Then after seeing it on so many of the audible editors BEST lists, I moved it up the queue and was anxious to hear what all the raves were about. And I kept waiting. And waiting. I thought it was "okay", but certainly not one of the top 10 this year on my list.
I liked everything about this one -- the characters, the story, the references to famous people that I knew of, and the narration. I would definitely recommend it if you like a good story!