Beautiful Ruins

I just finished the book Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and have to say that even though it wrapped up little too neatly and did drag sometimes, I really did enjoy this book; almost enough to give it 4.5 stars. This was mostly due to the narrator, Edoardo Ballerini. He has done the best job in my mind of the books I’ve listened to to date. He provided believable character voices for multiple genders, ages and ethnicities. Not all narrators can really pull that off.
The points that seemed slow were long moments of character development that allowed you to understand them better but to me seed inane and wasteful of my time. It was during these moments where my mind would wander and I wouldn’t feel the need to rewind and listen again.
What I liked was the way the story tied so many different lives together. I liked the way that several characters were flawed and doomed and seemed very aware of their fare. Others had separate paths to follow, paths that needed to be completed before they could come together with another and share that path and walk together again.
Now I’m off on another Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly) mystery – ah comfort zone.

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