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Cynthia

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (4929)
    Story
    (4923)

    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"
    "Beautiful Story - a bit disjointed at times"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the story, however, the author jumped a lot between scenarios & left me going back to determine where he was in time. The story flow was not as smooth as I prefer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    When Pasquale finally found Dee at the cabin.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Different worlds can come together. Compassion plays a big part in relationships.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love never dies.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Pasquale's sense of responsibility to his first love in spite of his new found feelings for Dee.

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