I rarely re-listen to a novel, but I would listen to this one again.
I enjoyed the way the author developed the characters and wove their individual stories together. I also enjoyed the way the story wove through time from 1962 to present day and back and forth. I would recommend this book highly
The story was interesting but sometimes the author would get so detailed in minor things that I would put the book down for days and not be tempted to pick it back up. For me a really great book I can't put down because I can't wait to see what happens next. This is not that book. The story is a journey and in the end you expect all the parts to come together and they do but unfortunately for me I didn't care because the characters were not interesting enough. I know others really liked this book but it was just okay for me. The narrator was fantastic, if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have finished the story.
A “Great Gatsby” wanta be that missed the mark. A sweet little book that I would NOT recommend. The last few chapters are extremely slow, wordy and boring.
I enjoyed this book. The dialogue, the main story line, the setting and background stories are all neatly interwoven. The writing is good and at times breathtaking. The narration is fantastic! Beautiful Ruins is good read, not great. If you like the Hollywood scene, Italy and putting the pieces of a literary puzzle together, try it.
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i listen to more guy friendly books, more of a John Grisham, Micheal Connoly, Jim Butcher, kinda guy. and it took me a little bit for this book to get me hooked but when it did it set the hooks in deep. if like me you like a little more action upfront. give it some more time it is worth the payout.i loved it and i hated when it ended. also i don't give many reviews but i think this GEM is marvelous.
I don't know what drew me to this book but I am so glad I took the time to listen. Loved the story and the narration. It really drew me in. I couldn't wait for it to end so but now I can't wait to listen again. I don't often (never) listen to books more than once really but this one may be the one I listen to again. I highly recommend it.
I am a fiber artist and teacher. I love moderate action, plot twists, diverse characters and much romance.
I enjoyed this because it was set in Cinque Terre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (both of which I have been lucky enough to visit), Portland (near where I live), Sand Point (friend from there), Seattle (sister lives there) and Hollywood (whatever).
I truly liked one of the characters and the others were fairly interesting. The narration was great at first, but after awhile his speech patterns became a little too predictable to my ear. I think if you were really into movies this might be more interesting. Maybe it just tried to cover too much ground for me, though I did enjoy the historical flashbacks interspersed throughout.
I was expecting a great book just based on reviews and that is not what I got. The narration was fine, but the story was awful. It jumps back and forth in time telling stories and it just doesn't work. I stuck with it and made it about 75% of the book. I just kept waiting for it to get better. I finally gave up and didn't finish it.
This book was a great listen. It is rich with well developed characters, nostalgia, excitement and clever twists. Beautiful ruins is a wonderful story reinforcing the idea of living every moment in the present. For days I've been quoting the characters and their wisdom. Very enjoyable and sad to see it finished.