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Colleen McCullough is one of my favorite authors. How I wish this site had more of her books UNABRIDGED. This recording is excellent. This one is for the classics! It is well done, and sooooo enjoyable.
Sissy Spacek does a fantastic job reading a fantastic book! This one is well worth the time, listening to it and digesting the story. I have listened to it several times...it's always wonderful!
'Bought this one shortly after viewing the painting, The Goldfinch, at the High Museum in Atlanta. The painting was part of the visiting exhibit that included, Girl with the Pearl Earring. The painting was far superior to the book. The editor should have his/her backside kicked for allowing the over-verbiage of Ms. Tartt...parts of the book should have been edited to lesson tedium. I listened to the whole thing...every word, but it will not be a book I listen to again.
How I wish I felt that Theo had redeeming qualities...he sees his problem but he does not do anything about it. That is the hardest part to swallow...he just does not learn from past experiences. I guess that is very realistic; I have known people like that, but I do not enjoy listening to that type of story.
Mr. Pittu's reading of the book is excellent. I think HE is the reason I made it all the way through the book.
Improvements could easily have been made by succinct editing, less repetition of the "problems" Theo has. It would lessen the tedium of sections.
Hobie is my favorite character, along with Boris. Pittu's use of voice-character inflection was excellent for both. He also did a very good job of expressing Theo's hopelessness!
I wish I could think of a better title; it seems a shame to saddle that lovely, precious painting with such a story.
I have not read any of Tartt's other stories and I am not sure I will try. She does a wonderful job portraying hopelessness and weak personalities. I am so glad I have listened to this one instead of reading the hard-copy. I wish I had more positive things to say. To a point, I enjoyed it...but I had to make myself finish listening.
I am from Savannah. I love what Mary Kay Andrews does with my city. She is so humerous...all of her books are that way. It's a great "listen"...give it a try!
To begin with...I am a Jean Auel fan. I have read AND listened to all 6 of the books. They are well written and really give you something to think about. Her characters are as normal and flawed as real people. They dither and misinterpret other folks...just like we do today. Sandra Burr is a very good reader, changing her voice to indicate characters and situations. All Six Books are a good adventure in the world 10,000-20,000 years ago.
I have always enjoyed Treasure Island...read it several times as a kid. But Alfred Molina is a fantastic reader, and I have already listened to it once and am listening to it again. He really puts the "swashbuckling" in the pirates!
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