Didn't enjoy the flipping back and forth between characters and their stories between chapters, but I'm sure that is part of the art of this story.
I do not like stories that are constant flashbacks and this one was...The parts about Michael Dean were trite and boring
I do not know what the hype is about this book....too much bouncing around from past to present.
Telll the story "straight" from 1962 to present....no flashbacks...I was left wondering how Dee married Bender until almost the end.
I only liked the parts that took place in Italy...I liked the narrator
Overrated...don't waste credit on this
I enjoyed listening to the narrator, but I was completely bored with the story.
I really was bored with this entire story. I almost didn't listen the entire thing because I couldn't wait for it to end. I did like how he ended the store.
I don't know if I just wasn't in the mood to listen to this type of book, but I was completely bored with most of the story line.
I read the reviews and was very excited to listen to the book. I was extremely disappointed - it was so slow going I almost stopped listening a number of times. UGH!
Depressing story told in monotone. well-developed characters and well-crafted story that turns out OK but thought I'd never get finish it. wore me out listening to it. definitely need something light and uplifting next.
This book was just OK for me. The narration was excellent, but the story content left me feeling like I should have spent my time elsewhere.
No. There wasn't a redeeming value to this story. Character development was weak.
Not really. I'm not familiar with modern actors and actresses so have no clue who would play the parts.
avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.
I purchased this book after a glowing review from a customer, and I correctly predicted the experience that I would have while listening. I hadn't thought that this book was a book for me, and I was right. So why even choose to listen? Well, I think it's important to read not only for my own entertainment and self-satisfying education, but also to understand the tastes of others; listeners much different than me.
So I listened to it, and it was fine. It is quite good for what it is: a satisfying and entertaining story that is easy to listen to and comprehend. It's not really in any way literary, and it's not so completely profound. There were a few moments, a few ideas that made me think, but on the whole it was just a story. A rather good story; well-crafted, but it didn't engage my interests. The whole atmosphere of the book turned me off, In fact, it was almost empty of atmosphere. Although there are some good descriptions of nature, but nature, in literature, seems to be the easiest thing to describe artfully.
I think I may have darker tastes, and this story is very light; often comical. The descriptions can get a little annoying with their trite, poetic beauty. The narrator doesn't help with this as he emphasizes and elongates these words; an eye-roller. Otherwise the narrator was great. He did a wonderful job giving character to so many voices, many with accents.
Don't let my rating turn you off if you're a lover of light fiction; this could be for you. And I completely understand and approve of it's appeal to certain people (not that you need my approval, unless you do, and if you do you should work on that cuz jeez, live your own life, do what you want to do).
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.
Good storyline that may be a bit over written. Excellent audio performance including the different accents. Dialogue was funny early on.