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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5861)
    Performance
    (5082)
    Story
    (5072)

    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"
    "Transporting Listen"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    Endearing, witty, touching


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author created the different plot lines and brought them together in the end was wonderful. The author has a great sense of humor, too. One of the characters is a young screenwriter whose dream is to write a script for an epic film about the Donner party, which he decides to title "Donner!"


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    The narration was among the best I've heard. Distinct voices for each character, but not overacted. He brought the endearing, sometimes maddening, characters to life and enhanced the emotional impact of the story.


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