This was a story that made me laugh and cry while constantly admiring the talent of the writer and the amazing performance of Edoardo Ballerini. I have never seen an author so skillfully switch between past and present finding clever ways to fill in the missing pieces and having it all make sense.
I knew nothing about this book when I chose it by the positive reviews. It was one of the best books I have heard in a long time!
Yes. This book kept me engaged. I like a story that is cleverly organized. This is one of those stories, weaving from present time to earlier times in the lives of the characters. Really nicely crafted.
The book also gives a little insight into how Hollywood runs, now and in decades past. Interesting.
I can't figure out why people like this book so much. The story was meh, the characters were meh... I just don't get it. I finished it but I think that was just because I was trying to figure out what the hype was about. I think I might prefer more character development. With the story switching around as it did I really didn't care much about any of the characters and their stories. The narrator was good though.
He did a good job keeping the characters distinct and he seemed to have read the book before he narrated it (pet peeve of mine when they don't)
not so much
Beautiful Ruins is an engaging story capturing ruined lives, ruined stories, and ruined possibilities. From the opening chapter where a beautiful blonde arrives at a small Italian fishing village, to the final chapter where stories are nicely resolved, the narration is beautiful and engaging. The characters are rich and interesting, including both fictional and historical characters. (RIchard Burton is hillarious.) The braided stories make for an interesting pathway through the novel and although some stories are less compelling than others (always a danger with this style), the author returns often enough to the story of Pasquale merit a high rating. Reading this book is a little like taking a vacation, first to Italy and then to Hollywood.
I chose to listen to this due to other reviews that suggested it. I was glad I did. A sweet and well written/told story that warmed my heart!
I love books!
A first time author for me, I believe I found this book when audible suggests other books you might like based on the books you've read. Very creative and imaginative, it is really well written. Set in 1962 Italy during the filming of Cleopatra and present day Italy, LA, London, Edinburgh, Portland, Seattle, and Idaho, it tells the stories of several lives intertwined with these backdrops. This is a good story and I recommend it. I really enjoyed it.
I recommend this book to anyone. It is a beautifully crafted braid of several stories of lives intertwined over the years. A beautiful listen.
What I liked most about this book was the feeling it left me after I finished listening. It was a feeling that all our lives are beautiful no matter what path we choose.
The actor performed the book very well. I appreciated the italian pronunciations as well.
I would take Pascoalle. I would like to hear more about how his life turned out after he married.
Yes, I would recommend this book because it's such a delightfully nostalgic trip!l
There were so many delightful scenes, I can't choose.
Richard Burton, because he was Richard Burton
The performance of the reader is amazing. He did a great job with all of the accents and even the voices, and made it very easy to listen to. I also love all the descriptive details about the Italian coast. It sounds gorgeous and made me want to go and visit!
I loved it flipping back and forth in time, place, and between people. It kept me in absolute suspense just waiting for the moment when they would all come together and to see how everything and everyone fit together! It was a major page-turner! I also loved that it centered a little on true events - Richard Burton and Liz Taylor filming Cleopatra in Rome. It made it that much more real.
When Pascuale confronts Michael Deen at the hollywood studio office...that seems to be when a lot of questions are answered and kept me absolutely on the edge of my seat.
I love Pascuale. He is so tender-hearted, loves his family, wants to do the right thing always, and to me, he was the glue that held everything together throughout the whole story.
You will not regret downloading this title. It is a beautiful story.