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Cynthia

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10196)
    Performance
    (9333)
    Story
    (9352)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "What a slog"
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    I slogged through the whole book hoping that I would begin to appreciate the story but I'm afraid I never did. Donna Tartt just doesn't trust her readers. She writes down to them - repeating the same themes over and over, just in case we didn't get it the first, second, or third time. Had she let her story speak for itself, instead of insisting on telling us what we were suppose to take away from it, I believe this would have been a much better book.

    46 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (554)

    Anna-Bo-Banana says: "Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty"
    "couldn't listen to the narrator"
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    I loved "Half a Yellow Sun" and was really looking forward to listening to "Americanah", but the narrator's different voices (particularly the American ones) were so screeching and nasally that I had to stop listening.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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