Our Audiobook of the Year

Earlier this year we hailed Beautiful Ruins as one of our favorite new listens. Jess Walter's marvelous, inventive, and totally human story paired with Edoardo Ballerini's magnificent performance resulted in one of those magical listening experiences, like The Help and Water for Elephants in previous years. And now that we're at the end of 2012, our editors' opinion still stands: This is the best audiobook of the year.


We’ve also drawn on your latest performance ratings and reviews to select our Narrator of the Year, and below you'll see even more winners. Click on each category listing to see the runners-up, as well as your Customer Favorites, for the Best of 2012.


Beautiful Ruins
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. So begins a tale that is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising - a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.
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Beautiful Ruins

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
  • By Jess Walter
  • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready
Overall
(6106)
Performance
(5293)
Story
(5284)

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

Ella says: "My mind wandered"

Best of 2012 by Category

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