I absolutely love Fraizer's style of writing and Patton's narration. I found myself rewinding to hear passages over again because I was totally charmed. Listening to this book, I recall long gone relatives, who had a winking way of saying things that bespoke an intelligence that might not have been immediately apparent to outsiders, until they let go with a quip that summed up a person or situation perfectly. Fraizer deftly captures that dry humor and eloquence in the characters that populate this story, and Patton's delivery is flawless. Yes, It's a little dark but never gratuitously gruesome or especially difficult. In fact, I like the way that certain unpleasant things were implied and not dished out in detail. Also, part of why I love this book (and Fraizer's other books), is that the NC mountains are dear to me, and I can't get enough of his descriptions of the the mystery and beauty of the place, and the ways of the people, that have all but vanished.
I wish I could have given this novel a better review, but for me, it didn't live up to it's promise. I found it wordy to the point of tedium and then the ending didn't really pay off- It felt tacked on.
You might think the accents are southern, but if you've actually lived here, you would know they don't pass. Heddie has Brooklyn overtones and Sarah has a very generic southern accent but nothing like a true Charleston accent. Of course, if Heddie's accent was authentic, most people probably wouldn't understand half of what she said, and an authentic Charleston aristocratic accent is a rarity, even in Charleston these days. My other quibble is with a few botanical references Miss Kidd should have been aware of, such as lilacs and peonies do not grow here and never will, and oleanders do not have a notable scent. Other than those nitpicking criticisms, I LOVED THE BOOK, and found it absorbing to the extent that my family became quite annoyed with my being "checked out " most of the day, while listening to this book in marathon sessions. Also, in fairness, I must say that the annoyance that I felt with the accents probably would not be a problem for 99% of the population- unless your from Charleston, and in that case, it's worth overlooking!
I loved this story and was hooked from the start. I wish I had slowed down and savored it because it was over way too fast.
I love reading about this time period and found the story engaging. I also thought the narrator did a really great job.
I was a little unsure about downloading this because I read some negative reviews of the narration but I'm happy to say I couldn't disagree more. I loved the the voices Pittu chose for the characters and how the intonations and rhythms distinguished each one. In fact, I'm intending to search out other books that he's narrated as well as other books by Ms. Tartt. I particularly loved the voices of Boris and Hobie, because I found each so endearing and amusing. Also, some people have complained about the length of the story but I love a good long listen (more for the money!), and this was certainly entertaining throughout. The only thing that was a slight disappointment was that I often saw things coming before they happened, but likely that was intentional foreshadowing on the author's part.
I bought this book for my tween child and decided to preview it for violence and sexual content. It was violent, for sure, but not in an overly gruesome way. The characters were quite chaste and the moral messages were strong.
I didn't expect it to hold my interest, but I really couldn't put it down. If this book was being marketed to adults, I might not give it such high marks, because I found it a tad predictable. However, for younger people, it's perfect.
I found myself repeating chapters because I love the way she tells her story. This book is honest and witty. The author reads the book herself which is sometimes a mistake, but not in this case. She has perfect timing and a gift for mimicry. Loved every minute of it!
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