Frankly, it was boring. There was no great secret involved and the one secret that interested me was never explained. And there was nothing gothic about it. It's just the story of a dysfunctional aristocratic family told mostly through letters.
Something truly gothic, not like this.
The narrator was fine.
None--unless the listener is an avid fan of World War I history.
I seriously wanted my money back on this one. It was a waste of money and time. I kept waiting for something to happen and it didn't. There was nothing very mysterious about the story and certainly nothing gothic about it.
I haven't read the print version, so I wouldn't know. But I'm glad I listened to the audio edition. The narrator does a fantastic job.
I would have included a somewhat conclusive ending
No, I haven't.
The confrontation between the main character Harriett and the antagonist Donny in the water tower was gripping and suspenseful--even if a bit unbelievable.
I loved The Secret History and especially The Goldfinch. So I approached The Little Friend with anticipation and was not disappointed. It's a great story well written and well narrated. By the midpoint I was completely absorbed in the story and its characters. Then came the ending...a huge disappointment. If you're good at making up your own endings to stories, you'll enjoy this book. The ending leaves everything hanging in midair. It's almost like the author suddenly felt tired of writing the book and just quit. Every end is left loose.
The Goldfinch ranks among the best books I have ever read or listened to and I have read and listened to hundreds. I would put it among my top ten favorite novels.
Boris. I loved Boris because of his fierce loyalty to Theo (the main character). But I also loved Theo and felt intensely sorry for him. But Boris was complex--a loveable criminal.
No I haven't. But his performance made the book especially great for listening. His accents may not have been perfect, but to the untrained ear (mine) they sounded genuine.
My reaction to the book was so intense I sometimes had to stop listening. Sometimes I cried as I listened and sometimes I laughed--both very rare reactions for me. I became so wrapped up in the story I almost forgot it is fiction. I fell in love with the main characters and felt what they were feeling--fear, exhiliration, anger, love, disappointment.
This is a book that will stay in my memory and give me "food for thought" for a long time. It contains some very thought-provoking philosophy which the story illustrates--about fate, the meaning of life, life's lack of meaning, tragedy, God, spaces, relationships, loneliness, obsessions, etc. But best of all it is just a great epic story of a young man's tragic life, the people who care about him when he doesn't care about himself, and how good can come out of bad and bad often comes from good.
Yes. But not until I digest it; I'll be thinking about this book for months. Then I'll listen again.
The Last Child and A Place More Kind than Home. All are about boys and the terrible things that happen to them that most people they meet will never know about.
Del (the main character) alone after his parents are taken away to jail.
Del, of course. We have a lot in common.
This is a gripping, powerful story that's also philosophically and psychologically profound. And extremely well written and performed. I hate that it ended.
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