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.
I am stunned at how many good reviews this book got, I struggled to listen to it (it took me three tries), and will now read reviews in more depth before picking my next books ( check what else the reviewer liked).
Just too slow for me for the first two thirds of the book, it did get better towards the end, but it was too late I had already lost the passion for the story.
While I have not read the print version, I enjoyed the audio and enjoyed the reader.
My favorite character was the Innkeeper. Learing about a different era in a different country was extremely insteresting and fascinating. I imagined myself in his little town in Italy, in his little hotel on the seaside. I felt like I was sitting on the veranda myself.
I would love to ask him if it at all base on a true story. I loved how he developed the characters and went back and forth from the 1970's to present day. So many of his details seem like it has to be based on actual facts. If not, he is amazing. Either way, he is amazing. Loved the book!
The tennis court that could not be built.
I especially loved the ailing mother and the dynamics between mother and son - so different in Italy than America.
Lacked depth of script. Characters were ok, but not exciting. would not listen too again.
Already listened to Gone Girl
Narrator was ok. Did characters fine. Just not plot to work with.
I would have enlightened reader about main characters reason for being in movie and
what she did after she found out about Drs. diagnosis. No real depth.
I found that the parts of the story that take place in Italy are very interesting, and these are the parts where the narrator EXCELS. However,all of the rest of the multiple directions the story takes are barely tolerable, and then after all of that, the ending is not very satisfying. Guess I had my hopes up too high from all of the GREAT reviews I read.
Although the book started out OK, about half way through listening became a chore. There weren't any characters I cared about.