Such a slow start to an okay story. I was looking for an exciting entertaining read, it was not this book During the last hour when all the stories came together did it get somewhat Interesting. Had to read it for my book club meeting or I would have never finished it. Actually, the rest of the members made a second selection to avoid completing it.. Boring waste of time in my opinion.
Ranks high, the characters are rich and the story keeps it moving and melding.
lovely book that makes me want to travel to Italy
Jess Walter's rocks this book with his passion for storytelling. The novellas within the novel were delightfully engaging as each character is deftly defined and linked to others, making the story all the more endearing! And, Edoardo Ballerini's narration and character performance is stella!
After listening to an excerpt of the first chapter, I was interested in the story and wanted to hear the rest. The opening character's story was great, but then, the other characters' stories took over, and it went downhill from there. To be blunt, they were losers who felt sorry for themselves, kept repeating the same mistakes and wasted any chances of success they could have had.I made it through the first half, then decided to quit and listen to another audio.
the reader did a good job, but couldn't make up for a lackluster story.
Stayed with story in Italy and those characters. The americans were whiney losers.
The reading was fine, he couldn't do anything about a depressing story to improve it.
I was disappointed in the way the story moved over to other characters who were not interesting at all.
There were too many different story lines that followed lackluster characters.
Well written, funny
The only problem was the constant cutting back and forth between the lives of the character made it difficult listening to on tape because you weren't sure if you were picking the story up where you left it.
I have recommended this book to friends.
Finding out that Pasquale went back to find his first love and marry her and raise his family.
Eduardo Ballerini did a wonderful job of narrating. Except for the voice of Dee/Debra.
Pasquale was my favorite character. He had such beautiful dreams and a strong sense of responsibility.
Dee's son was a real disappointment.
The book can be classified as an 'easy read' because it does not have a complex plot or a good plot for that matter. It is a bit boring to even listen to.
Intriguing, romantic, historical
Dee, the failed actress who missed hollywood fame by a slip of fate and goes on with stoicism
Loved this listen
It's an easy listen, but that's all it is. Not sure why it is being compared so favourably with The Help because they are leagues apart in creativity and style.
I've listened to several books performed by Ballerini. He has a great voice and good inflection - but some of his accents are horrible. I think if an actor can't give an adequate rendition of an accent it would be better if they just didn't bother; then we could have been spared Ballerini's attempts at various British accents - all of which were painfully bad.
It's an easy, enjoyable listen, but if you're looking for something of the quality of The Help look somewhere else.
I could not finish this book. While listening I kept asking myself how this book could have received so many rave reviews. I wanted to give it a SCATHING review and go on and on about how poorly written it was. Then, it finally hit me. At the risk of seeming elitist, I realized that it's all a matter of taste. People have different tastes in music, movies, food and literature. So if your taste in books runs to the "junk food" variety, you'll probably love this one.