I enjoyed all the characters and how we got to know them at key times in their lives. The wry humor was deftly delivered throughout the book. I took a chance on this book based on the solid reviews. It is the best "new" book I've heard in 2012. The narrator of the book did an excellent job, I could not have imagined it as well as he acted it - bravo.
The narrator was excellent!!! The story was good but really took a whilst to get into, the last third of the book was just beautiful.
No I haven't
The scene where the characters meet again after 60 years.
Nostalgic visit to Tuscany
Pascuale's relationship with D when he first meets her at the hotel
The narrator was wonderful. So many characters with so many dialects and accents.
One of the finest listens I've had in the past three years. Great reader, story; makes me want to visit Italy now! Also made me look up info on Richard Burton!!! What a character.
I did not want this book to end. I loved the characters, and the narration by Signor Ballerini was terrific. Highly recommend.
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
An aspiring young actress is sacrificed to protect a debauched major actor's reputation, a woman sacrifices her career to bear his child. Another young man sacrifices the love of his life and their illegitimate child to preserve the honour of his beloved's family. Was any of it worth it?
Whilst not earth shattering material, this a beautifully written and quite well crafted yarn set alternatively in America and deeply rural Italy, moving from the 60's to the modern day.
The characters, while not always likable are interesting and drawn with depth and credibility. My personal favourite was the youngest son, Pasquale, the proprietor of the hotel in Porto Vergogna, who dreams of building a cantilevered tennis court on the side of a mountain, to attract rich American tourists to his hotel, hopefully to resurrect the tiny, dying village. There are quite a few cameo characters in this story, all given their own detectable personalites with a few clever brush stroke sentences by the author. I particularly enjoyed the quirkiness of Pasquale and his village compadres.
I always enjoy a long 'read' and quite happily enjoyed every minute of the 12 plus hours of this book, and will definitely read it again. My 21 year old daughter also recently listened to it and enjoyed it very much.
Edouardo Ballerini reads this just beautifully. Quite amazing how he can deliver both a strident agressive male Hollywood studio executive, and the gentle Italian lilt of Pasquale and his mama. The female voices are also well done and not cringe making, which is a huge relief. I can recommend him as a narrator, with no reservation.
Overall, I am very happy I purchased this book, and pleased to recommend it to other readers
I highly recommend!
This was the first time I've listened to Edoardo Ballerini's audio - I have found that a reader can ruin the audio and this was not the case. Edoardo's voice captured each character's personality and his italian accent, wow.
great performance by Mr. Ballerini.
Be sure to add this to your library collection!
This book made an excellent audio book thanks to the narrator's talent. I am sure it would also make a lovely read.
It certainly ranks in the first 10 so far.
I liked the setting. I loved the characters and it was certainly well read by Edoardo Ballerini.
Well the voice was soothing and kept me going just wanting to come back to the audiobook again and again.
The book was poignant in places. The characters were almost real. It made me sad in parts but I liked the end very much.
This book is a good read. I didn't regret buying it at all. It was well written and well read.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
The narrator is unpleasant. His 'female' voice just gave me the creeps! I couldn't listen till the end of this book. I had read glowing reviews of 'Beautiful Ruins' in more than one periodical, and was excited to find this book on Audible. Aside from some lovely descriptions of the Italian coastline and some funny Italian characters (caricatures, maybe I should say), the book is a great disappointment; the story jumps jarringly through time, the Hollywood bits are lame and so sooooo Done Already! like, a million times before, and the American characters are uniformly boring. When I had wondered a couple of times why I was still listening, and if this was anything like reading a novel by that woman who played the 'bad guy' on Dynasty, I gave up and got my money back.