A lot might have been done with this story, but instead we are asked to endure many hours of pointless description with very little plot. You expect that some of the elements the author sets up will be significant later. Not so here. In fact the author seems to end the book because she's tired of writing, not because she has brought the reader to an actual end.
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.
Sadly, the long and somewhat complicated story is boycotted by the overly pronounced performance by Karen White. At first I actually thought I couldn't go on with the book because of the unnatural and mannered way of accentuating the words and phrases. It irritated me so much that in future I will carefully avoid books read by her.
I've owned this audiobook since 2003. Over the past 7 years I've tried listening to it again and again, but have never gotten past the first chapter because I find the narrator's voice so irritating as to be totally distracting. Tenacious as I am, I have finally given up in 2011.
I am unable to comment on the story, but still find the book description intriguing. Alas, I will have to purchase an hard copy to find out what it is all about.