Beautiful Ruins

A Novel

Walter, Jess

Audiobook CD - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Beautiful Ruins
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.

Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470303815
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction WALTER
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Ballerini, Edoardo 1970-Narrator


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2013 winner of the Audie Award for Solo Narration by a Male. Finalist in Fiction and Book of the Year

A novel that spans fifty years and tells the story of an Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant.

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Mar 07, 2015

I couldn't....just couldn't....finish this book. It started out just fine and went downhill from there. Once the storyline started to include Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor this book just spiralled downhill to where I couldn't go on.

Dec 10, 2013
  • hiking1957 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a wonderful story. I love the way the author wove present with past along with various characters who touched the lives of the main characters.

Dec 09, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Walter's writing; he does a very good job with characterization, making each voice distinct and real. I felt a little lost by the broken narration, and the constant switching among times. I liked how the puzzle fit together in the end, but keeping up with the relationships between characters and straightening out their timelines was a bit challenging. Edoardo Ballerini's narration is top notch, and I'm glad that I got to experience the book this way.

Nov 01, 2013
  • SuzeParker rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

No ruins here. Jess Walter has written a glorious book, full of characters who are gorgeous catastrophes seeking fame, or redemption, or both, in one way or another. Walter moves the reader fluidly between the Italian coast in 1962, 1980s Seattle and early 2000s London and Hollywood, skillfully unfolding the story of these flawed people and their intertwined lives.

Sep 16, 2013

I've been a 'reader' almost all of my life...lately it's audio novels as my eye's tire too easily. As a result I've listened too hundreds of novels....and know almost within half way of the first cd just where the author and story is going. Many are re-pettish as well as 'full' of 'snow' (like the repeat of the author's theme 20 times a chapter). But, there a some stories that catch you almost immediately and this novel called 'Beautiful Ruins' is one of them.
There was no way 'to put down' this story - so I listened non-stop to the very end. Wonderful!! Thank you Mr. Jess Walter. I must 'read' more of what-ever you've written. I give this novel 4 1/2 stars!! And this is rare from me. Cheers Harold Corbin.

Oct 24, 2012
  • MichelleBees rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i am a huge jess walter fan and this book enhanced my admiration. the it's never too late theme hit home. and it's always sunny in italy.


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