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Beautiful Ruins was placed on the New York Times Bestseller list in 2012, and has received hundreds of positive reviews for its beautiful story and masterful writing.

In the story, a young man named Pasquel is working at his family's fledgling inn on the Italian coast in 1962. He desperately wants to succeed individually, and has a desire to see his village become a well-known tourist destination on the map. His life is consumed by these passions until Dee Moray comes to visit.

Dee Moray is a beautiful American actress who arrives in Italy, sick and dying. Suddenly, the story fast-forwards 50 years to a scene in Los Angeles, where Pasquel is searching for his beloved Dee on the set of a movie. The story continues to bounce back and forth in time, introducing new characters and filling in pieces of the story until the listener is captivated and compelled to hear the ending. The love story is not limited by geography or circumstances, and is told beautifully with humor, and a refreshing writing style.

Author Jess Walter has been described by many as amazingly talented, and although this is only his 6th book published, most of them have earned esteemed awards. His The Financial Lives of the Poets is currently being made into a movie for the big screen, and his newest work, We Live in Water: Stories is due out in February 2013. A writer from the start, Walter started out as a journalist for the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and Newsweek. He still lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

Audie Award Nominee, Fiction and Best Solo Narration, 2013

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion - along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Grimes | 2/10/2014

    " I listened to this book on audible. It was very well presented and a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody Busse | 2/1/2014

    " I am not a critical reader. I was entertained with this story. That makes it a good book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Carter | 1/28/2014

    " How do we investigate what we want? Or think we want? Or wish we wanted but really don't? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aoife | 1/25/2014

    " The beginning was interesting, but as the book delved into the lives of the characters in modern times, I kept wishing that the author had focused on the Italian romance in the beginning. To me, that was the most interesting part of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Drogell | 1/25/2014

    " I thought this book was a masterpiece. Jess is a sigh-out-loud beautiful writer, the story is haunting and the way he interweaves the character's lives is fascinating. A book that can make me smile through a glass of wine is a treasure. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa DeHart | 1/2/2014

    " I thought it was a good read. You have to keep your characters straight though because the story bounces back from character to character and timeline to timeline. I wasn't that fond of the ending but I give it 3 stars for being likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizabeth | 12/31/2013

    " Beautifully written. A different plot line than the usual novel. I'm excited to read other books by Jess Walter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/27/2013

    " A little forced, but I wanted each vignette to go on for pages more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinity McDermott | 12/15/2013

    " I enjoyed his book. I thought the characters were well developed and likable (or love to hate). I enjoyed the struggle of when what you want is different that what you know is the right thing to do. Loved the wrap up. Loved the stories and 'pitches' within the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 12/3/2013

    " I just loved this book. Jess Walters does a fantastic job weaving together the multiple storylines. I am a sucker for foreign locales and old Hollywood, so he sucked me right in. I read the whole book in about a day! At no point was I bored or disinterested. Just a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Stradling | 11/24/2013

    " I think this would make a great mini-series. One of those books where you see every scene. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 9/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MsLina | 9/9/2013

    " Wow. One of the best books I've read in many years. Couldn't put it down but was sad when it was over. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndie | 9/5/2013

    " A great and entertaining read with loves stories nested within love stories. I can't resist multiple frame stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica DeLucia | 7/21/2013

    " I loved this book. The story is beautiful, the characters were captivating, and it felt very satisfying. Well written, but would still make a great vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorena | 7/20/2013

    " I thought this book was great. The writing was good and it was an entertaining story. I thought I would be frustrated by the jumping around to different people and time periods, but it came together nicely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 6/16/2013

    " Read this for book club or I wouldn't have finished it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Peden | 4/17/2013

    " I am so grateful to James Franco for Instagramming this. I absolutely loved it. It brought me to some of the strongest realizations Ive ever had. Brilliant "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 12/30/2012

    " Loved this book. Took me on a journey, past and present. I loved the intermingling of fictional and real life characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Hickey | 12/29/2012

    " Layer story telling is perfect. I got easy sweep up & involved in each of characters. Also like how author stayed true each one of characters in this book not falling in into pit that some great arch to make great story telling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Mayberry | 11/26/2012

    " Loved it... Had a little bit of everything...great beach read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla Torontow | 10/15/2012

    " Just kept fading out... Couldn't concentrate on it so gave up. Maybe I will try another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol V. | 9/19/2012

    " This was one of those rare novels that reminded me why I love to read books. It's such a spellbounding mix of wonderful characters, enthralling historical fiction and intoxicating writing that I absolutely fell in love with it. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny N. | 8/27/2012

    " Not a bad book but I'm not too fond of historical romance novels. The characters were interesting but the story was kind of boring. I had to read this for my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 8/12/2012

    " Absolutely wonderful and an immensely enjoyable listening experience! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C.V.J | 8/5/2012

    " When I initially heard the premise of this novel I really didn't think I would care for it much at all. It has proven to be a rather pleasant surprise. It's a great story and I really like the author's writing style quite a bit. Definitely give it a go if you're on the fence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne42 | 7/24/2012

    " A few weeks ago my best friend informed me that Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins was a book I just had to read. She was right, it's a wonderful story and the writing is fantastic. I think I have a new favorite author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra J. | 7/13/2012

    " The word epic doesn't even begin to describe this wonderful love story. It's such a rich and detailed novel that you can't help but to be completely drawn into the story. This is hand down the best book I've read all year! "

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About the Author
Author Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the bestsellers Beautiful Ruins and The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and Playboy, as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.