Getting 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 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.