I love a good long read with well developed characters and plots. This book goes too far...it develops everything...from rocks to dead snakes. This author also seems to have an unusual interest in snakes throughout the book. Hopefully, there will be a part 2 that will end and resolve this book and it will not go on, and on, and on. As a southerner, I thought the funniest part of the book was the way the narrator managed to mispronounce and mangle southern jargon. She tried to mimic a generic accent and mixed Texas twang with Georgia drawl, Cajun inverted grammar with old "Step & Fetch It" dialogue...all done at a quick yankee clip. As the regional flower of the south, she could have at least learned to pronounce kudzu correctly. She also managed to pronounce "crappie" so that it sounded like something that should be floating in a commode.
In general...don't bother with this one. It's dull, boring, overly long and ends up going nowhere.
I just finished The Goldfinch and enjoyed it immensely, so thought I would enjoy The Little Friend. It is set in the south and the narrator has a very distracting southern accent. I am a southerner myself, but could not identify what the accent was supposed to be. But the worst part was that every sentence sounded like it had an exclamation point at the end(!) It was so artificial that I could not pay attention to the story. I quit after a few chapters and bought the hardcover book.
I am so angry at the author Donna Tart. I just finished this book and I'm very dissapointed! The author did a horrible job on the ending and it ruined it for me. The story, even though slow at times, pulled me in and I enjoyed learning about the characters and the history around them. I anticipated a great ending and was very dissapointed when it just ended, without anything resolved.
I recommend you save your time and read something else.
After listening to this book, I was left wondering what happened. All of the loose ends created through the book were never addressed: the murder, family issues, illnesses, threats...etc.
After almost twenty-six hours of listening, the book suddenly ends. So beware of this one if you like resolved endings.
It was unnecessarily long with a very unsatisfying ending.
Everything - she made the characters come alive.
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I can't compare, as I haven't read the book, but as an audiobook I was captivated!
Not exactly sure what the story was about as I started it, I quickly fell in love with the imagery and the rhythm of the storytelling, truly enjoying the nostalgia of 20th century Mississippi, which is close to my heart- reminding me of many of the sights, sounds, smells, and other little things from my childhood. It was such a wonderfully long and rambling story, that many details (which were later found to be quite important to the story) were so tightly wound into the fabric of it that you didn't realize the author was "feeding" you clues, they were soooo seamless!
NO plot spoilers, but I was a little disappointed with the ending, hoping for a little more resolution, but wasn't too put out by it, as it made it more real...more like real life!
Made me wish I could back to to Mississippi and visit with all the "AUNTS", as I could easily imagine them ALL being friends with MY Mississippi Aunts! I adored the sisterly bickering, and this story definitely left me wanting more!
I couldn't make it through the prologue. Unbearably awful. Makes me wonder what the producers were thinking. SO BAD. I can't in good conscience give it any stars.
This just isn't a good story. The plot has many possibilities, well written, but it's a meandering, frustrating, unfulfilled, unfulfilling story. Some scenes and dialogs are interminable, suggesting that the author thinks these characters are fascinating and don't need to do anything to hold the reader's interest. Yes, the characters are good, but no, they're not fascinating, and hearing endless details of their lives, when these details add nothing to the story, is frustrating. Unnecessarily lengthy scenes are characteristic of Tartt's work (I've read all her books) but in this one they're particularly annoying.
Resolve SOMETHING. It begins with a fascinating murder story and ends with . . . ??? That's how I felt when I realized it was over: Huh? That's it? Are you kidding? It didn't really end so much as just stop.
Excellent, which is why I gave the overall rating I did. She does the characters' voices really well.
I'd watch it on HBO if it had a good cast and editing.
I hear a lot of people complaining lately that they don't care to see "all the details cleaned up" in a mystery story. I see the point, but I think this book is an example of taking that idea too far. I feel like Okay, no need to tie up everything with a bow on it, etc., but jeesh--give us something, please? Who killed the kid? why? If there's no answer to this central question then why should I read this book?
I don't care for the reader because she is rather pedantic and sometimes feel like yelled at by her. Maybe the style of the writing yet not comfy for me. I don't even want to finish and I don't have a desire to wait to find out who or why the child was....
Someone who likes this type of book with tons of conversation and written by an outsider.
Not sure. Less conversation since it it an outsider telling the story.
Boring too loud like and slow between words. Good speaker though.
Don't know only got through first chapter while cleaning kitchen.
I want to return it and be done with it.