The voice of childhood filtered through the awareness of adulthood - a very fine line, but Gaiman gets it right.
Lettie Hempstock, for her no-nonsense attitude
I heard Gaiman read the first chapters of this at an event in Sydney, and knew I had to hear him read the whole thing. He has a lilting, mesmerising quality to his narration that draws you in. Even though he doesn't do full blown character voices, the small touches he gives to each character set them off perfectly. (though not entirely convinced by his South African accent!)
Rambling, compelling, absorbing
Although not similar in content, it brought to mind The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for its rich characterisation, intricacy and detail of plot and extreme differences in locale (possibly also because the bulk of both books is set in New York).
It's a toss up between Boris and Hobie.
David Pittu's performance was excellent. The characters all sounded distinct and his voice is very easy to listen to. That, added to Tartt's characterisation, created a book full of rich characters who were easy to picture.
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