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Susan

Baudette, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8931)
    Performance
    (8190)
    Story
    (8195)

    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"
    "A modern-day "Great Expectations" of sorts."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    The narrator gives life to the main character. His voice is both innocent and worldly.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Great Expectations


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Theo Decker the main character is a tragic hero, but the reader cannot help but identify with his foibles.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would love to have Boris as a dinner companion because of his voracious and indomitable appetite for life.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still thinking about the book, and it has been a week since I finished it. It is one of those rare books one considers a companion. It left me thinking about deeper questions of life.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1016)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "A story of heartbreak, loss and redemption."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it kept me interested in the richly fleshed-out characters and the captivating story.


    What other book might you compare We Are Water to and why?

    She's Come Undone


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename We Are Water, what would you call it?

    Secrets Steal Life


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators kept me coming back for more. I had to find out how these characters dealt with their demons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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