It seemed to me that scenes kept being reviewed and rewritten without any editing. After finding my self thinking for about the fourth time "This has already been said and resaid," I lost interest and went on to something else.
This just drags on and on and on. For the first time, I cannot finish an audible book. Theo, is not very likable, which is okay, that he is whiny, is not. The plot showed promise, but getting to the action, took forever. Every time I started to listen to the book, I fell asleep. Theo made my head hurt. Not worth the time, effort or credit.
Writing is a series of choices. The author makes those choices for the characters and crafts the story. Good storytellers can make you want to listen to stories that (in less capable hands) would be boring, terrible, terrifying or weak.
Here, in this story, I think the author made reasonable choices, but the story is so bleak, dirty, hopeless, loveless, rudderless... there is no redemption, hope, courage, goodness. If characters are kind, it is accidental. If characters are honorable, it is due to circumstance. I feel like I need to wash my imagination now that I have read this story.
And then -- the author's rather tedious philosophy lecture at the end of the book from characters so broken and flawed and tragic -- that is almost an insult to me as the reader. If I have hung in thorough 750+ pages, I don't think I should then need to be told the point of it all -- if I haven't gotten the point on my own from the story, why write the story? Write an essay on your philosophy and be done with it already.
I may try Secret History, but I am going to get some distance first... a friend said once that there are books you finish and you feel like you need a cleanse -- that's how I feel after this one.
Pittu does a good job, but the novel is simply twice as long as it needs to be. I found myself wishing to rush him because if I had been reading it, I would have been skimming pages.
Overall, perhaps yes, but right now, I honestly wish I could un-listen.
I think books can be tragic and hopeless -- think East of Eden -- and still be astoundingly riveting and absolutely fantastic. I don't think all of the kudos given this book are warranted. I am walking away from it feeling like I have just had a week-long argument with someone who wants me to believe that meanness, hopelessness, addiction, manipulation, dishonesty, theft and abandonment are normal parts of a worthy life, and reality is a world where evil triumphs, bad behavior wins, children are disposable, God is dead, and art is the only good and true thing. Pulitzer prize, really? Good grief.
Theo Decker was a self-serving loser who had an unhealthy mother fixation. He didn't deserve any of the people who befriended him. The book was morally bankrupt and minimized drug abuse and addiction. Perhaps if Theo had any sense of gratitude, recognized his self-destructive actions or even recognized his mother's faults, I might have enjoyed it more. Theo never "grew up" but remained a self-absorbed adolescent. Boring!
I wouldn't bother with another book by this author again. The descriptions were agonizing. Donna Tartt needed an editor to tell her that two or three descriptive phrases would work just as well as 5 or 6. Definitely overrated!
The only redeeming factor about this book was the performance was good. It was easy to distinguish between the different characters and to visualize the story.
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.