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.
about to purchase the third book by this author. fabulous read! can't wait to see what story she tells next!!
I feel like there is no resolution to the plot. This author wrote another book that I LOVE! But was very disappointed with this story
Donna Tartt's visuals are really good.
I enjoy the ending, but felt it need more closer.
Karnen White did a really good job. No complains on my end.
I wouldn't want to take any of them out to dinner.
This was a great book buried in with a lot of filler. There’s no way this book should have been over 600 pages. The book has some really good parts, but for the most part it is just boring filler that has nothing to do with the story at all. The adults in the book have conversations that are so pointless, boarding, and at times very racist. It is obnoxious how stupid little things like people eating or watching television are described in great detail. It goes on and on talking about the plots of popular 70s soap operas and cartoons that it is distracting from the plot of the story of the book itself. The thing I found the most annoying about ‘The Little Friend' is the book’s endless references to children’s literature. During the exciting parts of the story, it spins off and starts comparing what is going on to some part of The Jungle Book, James Bond, Winnie the Pooh, Schlock Homes, Scooby-Doo, Lawrence of Arabia… and so on and so forth. The parts where the boy develops an obsession with horror themed comic books is amusing, but apart from that, if they edited out all the parts describing what people were reading and all the comparisons to this what was happening to classic books and pop culture, then this would’ve been a far more enjoyable book. I’m interested in checking out Donna Tartt’s abridged recording.
Nothing - I couldn't even get 1/2 way through the book. The story starts promising but then gets boring, convoluted and confusing. Narration is very staccato with no lyrical intonation. Grating on the ears - really awful all around.
I LOVED two of her other books. They were intelligent, nuanced, tightly written and beautifully elegant. I would re-read/listen to either Goldfinch or Secret History but I would NEVER listen to this again.
Very stacatto, punching every 2nd or third word whether it should be emphasized or not. Stilted accent and the strange, strident performance is painful on the ears.
Frustration because I wanted to like it but anger because it was awful.
Try her other books but don't waste time/money on this clunker.
The lack of proper inflection and intonation this that this narrator presented as she virtually barked the story to us resulted in such and uneasy and confusing cadence that I found the story impossible to follow. I made it to chapter 6 - which in this book, was quite far! But at that point I realized that I had little idea of what was going on in the story simply because the narrator made it so difficult to follow. I will definitely try this book in hard copy, as it seems to be a beautifully written story.