Knowing this book will be a bestseller, I am surprised by the choice of David Pittu to narrate as he lacks the pedigree you would expect for such an important book. The couple of audio samples from his other works did not reassure me. However, I am pleased to report that Pittu does a pretty good job. I would not call him outstanding, but at least Donna Tartt did not make the mistake of narrating her own work as she did with The Secret History, nor did she err and pick the trendy but whiny Scott Brick, who seems to be a popular choice for bestsellers.
As far as The Goldfinch is concerned, it is probably best to download the text version to complement the audio in order to appreciate Tartt's writing. The Goldfinch is much better than The Little Friend, which I thought was a huge disappointment. I absolutely loved The Secret History and this is more on par with that first work.
Aside from all the backstabbing and corporate machinations, about every natural disaster strikes the main characters over the course of a long weekend. I think I counted about 90 minutes sleep for all of the characters. They stay up all night drinking and partying but still manage to be at the horse track before dawn to workout their horses. Oh, did i forget to mention these corporate titans are jockeys too. This story was just too over the top. I love John Lee's narration though.
One of my favorite novels of all time. I've read it a dozen times. But the audio version is a disappointment. The author narrates instead of hiring a professional. I wish an A list narrator would redo this book as I am sure it would be a best seller.
Very smart thriller that takes the reader into the Cold War Russia and secret police. This is better than 99% of thrillers out, and the author should have let the story end here rather than attempt a series with these characters. The rest of the trilogy pales by comparison and does not live up to expectations.
Follett and Lee are a great combination. I have listened to 300 audio books and this is my favorite.
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