As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
Sometimes during the book, I had difficulty keeping up with where we were and who we were talking about. However some of the early reviews I read were dead on. The story is well crafted and it allowed me to learn so much about a lot of subjects. Additionally. I hated for the book to end. A wonderful weaving together of life stories whose lives intersect. I finished the book days ago and find myself still musing about these characters.
After reading the glowing reviews of this book I was excited to listen to it. The imagery and skill of writing I heard in the first passages made me think the book was going to live up to the accolades it had received. I found the storyline mildly engaging. The fictional backstory to the Richard Burton connection was intriguing, the plot twists were effective, and there were several interesting, well-developed characters, but the pacing was SO slow. Pacing is most critical in audio books because when we're listening, we can't skim through the tedious parts. The writer clearly has talent, and in the hands of a skilled editor this book could have been a treasure.
The Italian coast along the Cinque Terre is so lovely and so beautifully described in this book, that I got lost in the setting before I had any idea how this clever plot would unfold. I loved the performance on this audio book. So listenable ;-) I couldn't wait to get back to the characters and find out how this story would unfold. As a bonus, if you are tired of the ridiculous "reality" shows on TV and the fact that so many contemporary movies are recycled comic book stories, you will enjoy one of the main story lines of this book. A real treat !
Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...
the characters and plot of this book are simply odd. still, it was a fun read, and worth the listen.
Such a slow start to an okay story. I was looking for an exciting entertaining read, it was not this book During the last hour when all the stories came together did it get somewhat Interesting. Had to read it for my book club meeting or I would have never finished it. Actually, the rest of the members made a second selection to avoid completing it.. Boring waste of time in my opinion.
Ranks high, the characters are rich and the story keeps it moving and melding.
lovely book that makes me want to travel to Italy
Jess Walter's rocks this book with his passion for storytelling. The novellas within the novel were delightfully engaging as each character is deftly defined and linked to others, making the story all the more endearing! And, Edoardo Ballerini's narration and character performance is stella!
After listening to an excerpt of the first chapter, I was interested in the story and wanted to hear the rest. The opening character's story was great, but then, the other characters' stories took over, and it went downhill from there. To be blunt, they were losers who felt sorry for themselves, kept repeating the same mistakes and wasted any chances of success they could have had.I made it through the first half, then decided to quit and listen to another audio.
the reader did a good job, but couldn't make up for a lackluster story.
Stayed with story in Italy and those characters. The americans were whiney losers.
The reading was fine, he couldn't do anything about a depressing story to improve it.
I was disappointed in the way the story moved over to other characters who were not interesting at all.
There were too many different story lines that followed lackluster characters.
Well written, funny
The only problem was the constant cutting back and forth between the lives of the character made it difficult listening to on tape because you weren't sure if you were picking the story up where you left it.
I have recommended this book to friends.
Finding out that Pasquale went back to find his first love and marry her and raise his family.
Eduardo Ballerini did a wonderful job of narrating. Except for the voice of Dee/Debra.
Pasquale was my favorite character. He had such beautiful dreams and a strong sense of responsibility.
Dee's son was a real disappointment.