Seemed slow to start.
Pasquale brought honesty and purpose to the ruthless Film industry.
No...it finished with a definitive beauty and needed no follow-up although the option is there.
With Richard Burton Diaries out for the Christmas season, Beautiful Ruins as fiction could be an adjunct.
A great narrator is only as good as the words he has to read and frankly this is not interesting. The story jumps around so much that you have to go back after not listening for a few days to remind yourself what was happening. I am forcing myself to finish it hoping for a change of heart. If I had it to do again, I would NOT waste my credit.
Most probably not
Ha Ha Ha.....what character would I not.
I wanted a good story. I don't mind heartbreak or egotistical one dimensional characters but they have to be a part of a good story. This one is not.
educator and technologist
I loved all the diverse characters and how each life somehow was entangled with others. The narrator did a great job especially with Pascal. I loved being transported to Italy and all the complexity. At first, I wasn't sure I'd selected well but as the story weaves through time and place I could not push stop.
I might if other titles have such good character building.
I was very disappointed in the ending. Did they make it to the bunker? Were the paintings still there? Did Pat stay in Idaho? Much was answered but too many things remain.
I was not so sure about this one, but decided to follow the recommendations and go ahead and use up a credit. I'm so glad I did, mostly because Eduardo Ballerini did such a great job as reader. He brought this world to life in such a vivid way and made the characters have such depth. I might have struggled to get into this book if I read it myself, but with Ballerini leading the way I loved the story and was sorry when it ended. Now I'm on a mission to listen to more books he reads.
A Book and a Cat: Nothing more
Yes, this was a beautifully written novel. I did find myself enjoying some of the characters deeply. On the other hand, Richard Burton and the Hollywood hangers-on left me completely flat. Edoardo Ballerini as narrator was the highlight.
Author Jess Walter has a gift for intertwining disparate characters in different decades and different continents, but unless the next novel is free of household names (behaving badly), I won't be back.
The review of this book made it sound captivating but I found myself rushing to the end because I wanted to be freed up to start a new book. I guess I was just too cheap to abandon it all together.
The narrator's beautiful accents and the descriptions of the beaches, the people, including the famous actors and their vices. And I enjoyed the funny parts about the director's plastic surgery results.
When all the characters met at the end
No. It was lovely, like a stroll through a beautful Italian piazza
A fiction loosely based on some real characters and events, this was an interesting book. I like a book that inspires me to learn by looking up the actual characters, places and event. The author did a lot of research.
Wife, Mother, 1965,
I selected this book because it was promoted as the next "The Help". Not even close! This book was not epic, it wasn't even great. A good read, maybe.
To be fair, it just was not my style. It is a bit raw and crude for my taste. I tend to find this in male writers.
The complexity of the plot and characters was average. The end was somewhat redeeming in that it resolved in a satisfying way, but not worth the journey. I don't regret the time spent but I will not recommend it and probably won't remember the story in time.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I pretty much went off Audible's recommendation and was very pleased with the work.
Sometimes his voices seemed to bleed over into different characters but it was very subtle.
I don't think there was a time when listening that I wanted to turn it off. On the other hand nearly all of my listening is done in 20 to 30 minutes pieces as I travel between work and home. That time has always passed quickly, however.