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Joe Talcott

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6482)
    Performance
    (5613)
    Story
    (5602)

    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"
    "A Love Story"
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    At least that’s how Jess Walter’s character Michael Dean would describe this novel. But he describes every story as a ‘love story’. For me, Beautiful Ruins is a story I really loved. In fact it is a novel filled with stories. Even stories about stories.

    This is not a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat the way a crime novel might. But it contains mystery and fascinating characters and wonderful locations and fabulous writing; all of which made this a ‘driveway’ Audible book for me (even when I’ve arrived home, I sit in my car in the driveway and keep listening).

    Edoardo Ballerini is favoloso! His narration completely disappears, leaving only the characters in your mind, without any lingering traces of an actor reading.

    The book is funny, sad, philosophical and simply wonderful.

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