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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jess Walter

Narrated By: Edoardo Ballerini

Date: June 2012

Duration: 12 hours 54 minutes


The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his  funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  

“Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece.” —Richard Russo

“A ridiculously talented writer.” —New York Times


  • Anonymous

    This book is a masterpiece worthy of the 15 years Jess Walter spent writing it. Starting with the contrasting styles of a hilarious modern day scenario and a lush, romantic portrait of the Italian seaside in the 1960's, he subtly draws them together, pulling in even more fascinating story lines until the whole thing becomes a single piece of literary macrame. No doubt someone will grab this story and make a wonderful film of it, but it is Walter's masterful writing and creative imagery that elevate it to true art. And then there is all that beautiful Italian language...Bravissimo, Jess!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tony I

    This is truly upmarket fiction at its best. Jess Walter is a master at his craft of and eloquence, without muddying the flow with overdone prose.

  • Ayela Mujeeb

    Beautifully written. The 1960s and present day are woven together in a great way. I really enjoyed this book and the narrator is fantastic. I hope this is made into a film!

  • Jordan Ragsdale

    Wonderful! A story broad in geography and time. A true love story.

  • Susan Williams

    I couldn't even finish listening to this book! I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. The narrator was fine but the story line in Hollywood was abysmal.

  • Jill Hasler

    I loved this book! At first I thought it was weird that it was going back and forth through different time periods, but once I got the hang of it, I realized that is the beauty of the book. Touching, funny, surprising and just an overall great story. The narrator was wonderful, he had a different voice for everyone and always kept the voices/accents true to the character. I couldn't wait to get to the end, but now I'm sad it's over.

  • Rosemarie Hoffmann

    A carefully woven novel in the classic sense. We fall in love, and laugh, and anguish over the characters and close the book feeling a pang for their and our own lives.

  • andrea shoate

    Masterpiece is correct! I will never forget the experiencing the journey this book took me on. I will recommend it to EVERYONE! You MUST read/listen to this wonderful novel. 5 star narration also!

  • Julia Pearce

    This book was amazing from start to finish. The storyline weaves so perfectly together and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I fell in love with the characters and will carry their story with me forever.

  • Anonymous

    Very well narrated - a treat for any Stephen King fan.

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