Monday Mini ~ Beautiful Ruins

MondayMini3Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.

This week I’m featuring an audiobook I’ve already written about extensively in terms of its nomination in the 2013 Audiobook of the Year category for the Audie Awards. If you are unfamiliar, you can read more about my thoughts here, or here, or here. For my Monday Mini post, I focus on the story and the narration itself. Spoiler Alert: Lovely and exquisite all around.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess WalterCover of Beautiful Ruins
Harper ~ June 12, 2012 ~ 352 pages
Harper Audio ~ Edoardo Ballerini ~ 12 hours 53 minutes

 Beautiful Ruins was gifted to me by my dad and I listened along with Michelle from A Reader’s Respite and we had great fun discussing it along the way. I found this book beautiful. It looks at love, pursuing the dreams of your heart, disappointment, and second chances in a refreshing way. I loved the juxtaposition of a small, quite life Pasquale leads along the Italian coast with the modern Hollywood he experiences so many years later. This book piqued an interest in Elizabeth Taylor that I’ve never had before. There are so many wonderful characters who populate this story and each one of them is performed vividly by the marvelous narration of Edoardo Ballerini. He worked his magic with the story of the Donner party as he did while the story was in Italy. I loved this world that Jess Walter created and I will say this one last time, he, Harper Audio, and Edoardo Ballerini were robbed of the Audiobook of the Year award. The Audie judges were wrong and I am right. Truly, the winner is anyone who reads this book in any format.


  • At 2013.09.09 06:18, Sandy said:

    I can’t believe me, of all people, did not listen to this one on audio. Reading it on the Kindle was enough to blow me right into the stratosphere. I loved this book so much.

    • At 2013.09.10 16:12, Jennifer said:

      Wasn’t it good? If you ever decide to reread it, audio is the way to go. If you decide to read Blood & Beauty, Ballerini narrates that, too. I’ve heard it’s fantastic.

    • At 2013.09.09 08:46, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

      Everyone seems to love this book. I have it in print and need to get to it.

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      • At 2013.09.10 16:13, Jennifer said:

        You’ll enjoy it, Kathy. This winter, when you’re dreaming of warm beaches, Beautiful Ruins will take you to warm, sunny Italy. 🙂

      • At 2013.09.09 10:11, Beth Hoffman said:

        I’ve had “Beautiful Ruins” on my list for ages, and your post has nudged me to move it up! I don’t often listen to audio books, but perhaps I will with this one.

        Hope your week is a good one!

        • At 2013.09.10 16:13, Jennifer said:

          One way or another, you will love this book, Beth. Have a good week, too!

        • At 2013.09.09 11:26, jenn aka the picky girl said:

          Why haven’t I read this yet? I have no idea, but I need to get it asap.

          • At 2013.09.10 16:14, Jennifer said:

            There are always those “Why haven’t I read this yet?” books. What would we do without them? 🙂

          • At 2013.09.09 23:48, Anita said:

            I bought this with an audible credit, and I was not thrilled by the accent of the narrator, but I promise to give it another try. I’m very picky about accents.

            • At 2013.09.10 16:15, Jennifer said:

              Oh, no! I loved the whole thing, but I don’t know anyone with an authentic Italian accent. I’m also okay so long as the characters are performed well and can be differentiated. If you do give it another try, I hope you like it better the second time around.

            • At 2013.09.10 12:23, Florinda said:

              I just finished listening to this one last week–my review is posted today. I bought the audiobook with an Audible credit largely on your say-so re: the Audie Awards nomination. I utterly LOVED this one.

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