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Busy woman, 50s, listen whilst driving along, love the stimulation of thinking of the characters and being read to.

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5289)
    Performance
    (4582)
    Story
    (4577)

    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"
    "Brilliant - hard to turn off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, humorous, achingly poignant


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good story crafting, great characters, interesting moral questions


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    pasquale


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pasquale- he had a simple but sophisticated approach to living


    Any additional comments?

    Such a beautiful read that was so true to,the story. Also really recognized the hu,our in the story!

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