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Beautiful Ruins Audiobook

Beautiful Ruins

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Jess Walter’s beautiful and shimmering novel was our editors’ pick for Best Book of 2012, so it was an obvious contender as a new Essential. But Essentials can’t simply be flash-in the pan momentary book crushes, the books on this list have to have legs, and we think that Beautiful Ruins certainly qualifies. Sweeping in scope and breadth, the message within this book runs deep and across generations. And Edoardo Ballerini’s magnificent and elegant narration bestows a level of believability and immediacy to the epic themes at play here. —Emily

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction and Best Solo Narration, 2013

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.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion - along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

©2012 Jess Walter (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher

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    Aileen Florence, SC, United States 01-14-13
    Aileen Florence, SC, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    This was a wonderful book. I loved the stories and how they were told


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend

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    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 01-14-13
    Lynnwood Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    The story is developed in an interesting and intricate manner. The characters are all somewhat caricatures but taken together they make a fun story.

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    Scott Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-14-13
    Scott Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully told story"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    This was a rich story beautifully told.


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

    The reading of the book is sensational. One of my favourite listening experiences to date. Edoardo Ballerini seamlessly moved in and out of the characters as he wove the story. Very entertaining - every free moment I was going back to my iPad to listen to what would happen next.


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    kx Singapore, Singapore 01-14-13
    kx Singapore, Singapore 01-14-13
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    Beautiful ruins is...beautiful. I enjoyed listening to Edoardo Ballerini, who brought life to the rich casts of characters. Beautiful Ruins is a huge story about love and the decisions we make in life. Give it a go, you will like the experience.

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    Michele S. Tracy NJ 01-13-13
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Ruins?

    Not sure what was my favorite part about this book. It wasn't something that I would normally read. I read others reviews and it seemed very interesting. I am so glad I listened to the other reviews and bought this. I truly enjoyed all the characters and the description of the places they all lived.


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

    The narrator voice was very pleasant to listen to. If you are an audible book person, you know how much the voice can make or break a book. He made it very enjoyable to listen to.


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

    Yes but I usually only listen to my audible books while driving. So I found myself looking for reasons to get on the road even with gas prices high.


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    miss Manly, Australia 01-13-13
    miss Manly, Australia 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    Its got something for everyone. I told my boyfriend he'd like it. Fiction and non-fiction mixed together - great! Romance, comedy, sad parts, happy parts. Enjoy!

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    Linda 01-13-13
    Linda 01-13-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Totally enjoyed every minute of it."

    Even though there were some unhappy events in the book, the overall feeling was one of quiet peacefulness. The story was great. The narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, was fantastic. Didn't want it to end. Would definitely recommend this Audible book.

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    Rebecca 01-13-13
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    wonderful story, fun read- i do not know if the holleywood history is correct, but good story


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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 01-13-13
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 01-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    I bought this because it had such great reviews, and they were right. Great book which I enjoyed listening to.

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    L Centennial, CO, United States 01-11-13
    L Centennial, CO, United States 01-11-13

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    I get tired of underdeveloped characters with illogical motives who exist for no purpose other than to fill a place in a far fetched plot. Jess Walter's characters were the exact opposite. They were an extremely entertaining and diverse group of carefully crafted individuals who made perfect sense as living, breathing human beings. He weaves a story that is entirely unpredictable, but not at the expense of credibility. A great plot and a great listen. Edoardo Ballerini was a perfect choice for this audio book. This book is fun.

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