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Mary Beth

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6206)
    Performance
    (5374)
    Story
    (5367)

    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"
    "Unexpected Pleasure"
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    I expected an entertaining diversion but did not anticipate getting so caught up in the lives of these interesting but flawed characters. Beautifully read by Eduardo Ballerini. I found myself replaying Jess Walter's beautifully written observations and descriptions. Time and credits well spent.

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