I didn't even finish it. I thought this was a book about art and family. Instead, I spent hours listening to a teenager get drunk and high.
The time spent on drugs and alcohol and little time to develop the relationship between characters or a cohesive storyline.
This is one depressing listen! Although well performed, the story itself goes from one disaster to another, and just when there is some glimmer of things improving for "Potter" , the world collapses on him again. Not recommended for anyone on antidepressants who reads for escape.
The beautiful writing in this book was ruined for me by the constant drug induced state of Theo. It felt as though the writer had to have been under the influence of the various drugs Theo was taking while writing, in order to go on endlessly with such vivid descriptions.
The performance was excellent.
None - I would simply cut the drug abuse by 3/4.
The actual writing is excellent, which kept me hanging in there - always hopeful that Theo would come around to meet his full potential. I would have felt some reward if the ending had not also been an emotional downer, even in the midst of his reform.
Don't rely on any synopsis of this book. It is about a boy who is 13 or 14 when the book begins, but it's about so much more. It's a big juicy book that hits the all the right notes -- it has amazing plotting, unforgettable characters, beautiful writing, and lots to say about love, family, randomness and destiny. It's going to be talked about at dinner parties and around the water cooler, so you might as well jump in and experience it for yourself. If you're looking for a good listener, seek no further.
Do you know that feeling when you want to hurry through a book because it is hard to put down and at the same time you find it so enjoyable that you hate to see it end? This long book was a treat from beginning to end. I liked the story, I liked the characters, I liked the narrator. And it kept me enthralled for all 30+ hours. Reading the reviews of Tartt's other books which I have not read, I see comments for one having a lengthy end and for the other, comments about an abrupt end. I must say this one seemed about right. Yes, it ended with loose ends, but that's life - never tied in a neat bow. Yes, the author did some lengthy philosophizing at the end, but I was so reluctant for the book to end that I enjoyed this part as well. You will get your money's worth for sure!
A bit of art history, a bit about art conservation, a bit about furniture restoration and the antiques business, a lot about casual drug use, a lot of mystery and intrigue - a modern take on a who-done-it combined with coming of age in difficult circumstances. All in all, I loved it.
I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
Under all the monologue there was a good story...........too much monologue, it went on and on and on and on and on and on
Yes - from this author
No...could have been a good story if cut in half.
Too drawn out........hopelessly frustrated listening to every thought the main character had and always hoping it would advance faster.
This book has been called "Dickensian" and that is a good description of this epic book. However, I found it more like "A Prayer for Owen Meany" (which is also one of my top-10 Audible books) than anything Dickens wrote.
Tartt's use of foreshadowing keeps the suspense at a level where you will have several "drive-way moments". I never found the story "slow" and could not wait to get back to this book whenever I had to turn it off.
The reader, David Pittu, really made this book come alive. The voice he uses for Boris, is just perfect and makes him more real than he would have been if I had read the book.
Don't let the 32+ hours scare you away--every minute is worth listening to.
I loved this story and performance so much, from beginning to end. 32 hours later and I'm a more enlightened human being.
I loved the interaction between Theo and Boris.
David Pittu's performance was out of this world amazing. The different voices, the accent on certain words, the hushed tones at some parts. It was just so good. A joy to listen to.
It made me laugh and cry, and wince and gasp and ache and hope, I felt everything for this book and I am so happy to have experienced it.
My eyes are going bad, and without audible, my mind would certainly go next...
Since I am a big fan of Donna Tartt, I was determined to be surprised. I read it the day it came out having intentionally avoided previewing any synopsis or advance reviews and am so glad I did! It was such a pleasure to move through the turnings and revelations with no expectations. Every element I value in a novel was rendered so satisfyingly: characters, plot, prose (exceptional), intricate themes, a sense of place and time… I’ve read both her previous books at least four times over the past 20+ years. I find them very rich and layered and compelling. I’m unashamed to say that I’ve read this one twice already in its first 6 months, a re-reading record for me. Truly great!
When the main character was discussing love of art, love of old things, and his realizations of how life works I felt this was so very insightful and it just hit me right in my heart. The author has put into words my feelings of art and old things. I feel as though she has justified my feelings and thoughts somehow and explained things I never could. There were many moments in this book, although they weren't directly sad, that i was moved to tears just from relating so clearly and from being submerged in the emotional thoughts she was expressing of peoples relationships with art and antiques and how these things live forever.
As for the comments on life, this is the first time I have read something that so clearly explains the point. No rainbows, just how it really is, and what is really important. This book has stayed with me and changed how I go about, and think about my life.