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lynda

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6221)
    Performance
    (5387)
    Story
    (5381)

    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 ;LISTENING TREAT"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

    yes, the narrator effortlessly moved from 1962 Italy to the present Hollywood, from the wwII years to the UK of the 80's


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

    Actually, the closing scene, when the two main characters, now old and sick return to the village


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

    Pasquale


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was easy to stop, but nice to know it was waiting for you


    Any additional comments?

    A most original story, beautifully and simply written...most satisfying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1555)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "truth is stranger than fictiion"
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    Any additional comments?

    the premise is so far fetched as to be unbelievable, but the authors comments at the ending tell that is truth based....it would have been better to have her comments about the chance meeting in a prologue, which would have done nothing to reveal the ending since the ending was the beginning...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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