I look forward to it. It was beautiful and artfully narrated. Count me in.
It was unlike so many Dickensonian stories. It was plain and real and lovely.
I loved Totty...she was perfect.
Yes. It was so possible...so sad. Poor, poor Hettie. Women are such suckers!
Near the middle. (Some of my favorite audiobooks were written by Charles Dickens and John Grisham...Tartt doesn't quite measure up.)
The main character, Harriet was fun. She reminded me off my mother so thoroughly that Harriet even looks like Mom. This means she's tough, calculating, and sure to win in the end. She was written very well as a Southern tomboy, which is a very difficult thing to be given the nature of Southern mothers. I'm sorry Edie didn't insist that Harriet participate in that Southern staple, the beauty pageant.
I'm not sure about that. I was very disappointed in the narration primarily because White didn't do her homework. As another reviewer from the Deep South said, she mispronounced many Southernisms which made me laugh and lose the story line every time. Kudzu is pronounced KUDzoo, not Could-zoo. The Mississippi County is pronounced OK-tibbe-HA, not okti-BE-ha. And like the other reviewer, when White mentioned the fish whose name is pronounced Craw-pee, I immediately imagined the little feller swimmin' 'round in the commode.
I'm equally unhappy with Tartt for allowing this bastardization of the Southern dialect. I haven't been so shaken by poor pronunciation since Bill O'Reilly, in Killing Lincoln, talked at length about horse soldiers in the Civil War - you know, the guys in the CALvary. (Shudder.) I guess I should read Killing Jesus to see if the virgin Mary's son died on Cavelry.
It made me laugh often. I'm just not sure if I laughed in the right places.
I've purchased the last of Tartt's three books. I'm reserving my overall opinion until I've finished it. I think she has an amazing talent. I just wonder how many junkies she had to interview in order to get so thoroughly inside their heads.
Donna Tartt paints this story with incredible skill and in language that stays with you. The characters are painfully genuine ...no caricatures here... and you leave off trying to save them from themselves early on. They have set their feet on a unconventional path and will reap what they sow whether you like it or not. Extraordinary!
The moments in the museum...from beginning to end...are so real, you can feel the grit in your teeth, and hear the ringing in your ears.
No...I was unfamiliar with his work until now. Will absolutely look for him in the future.
I wouldn't change a thing about the book...let alone the title.
I'm off to read another Donna Tartt book....I'm hooked!
I hated the ending of this book. I really DO like it when the bad guys get punished and those in the white hats ride off into the sunset.
The writing was great. The performance was good. The story line was exhausting.
Throughout the book I kept worrying about the author. I'm not sure what kind of mind comes up with this stuff. It was worthy of an Alfred Hitchcock episode with all the twists and turns but, nevertheless, I found it all to be troubling.
They were very believable in the roles of Nick and Amy.
Yeah. This book makes me look more closely at the people around me. From the Nick and Amy experience, I've learned that all is NOT how it appears to be.
All in all not a great book. I would not buy this one again. (The good news is, I don't have to. I already know how it ends.)
Well. I did recommend this book to a doctor friend in order that we might discuss the matter of overpopulation. Otherwise, I found the book to be disappointing. The information about historic sites was good, particularly for one who is not apt to travel to Florence or Istanbul. Nevertheless, it wasn't enough to keep me awake. I will say that this book is much, much better than the last one. (The Lost Symbol.)
I'll give the guy one more chance.
I literally hated the narrators "soft girlie voice." It irritated me tremendously.
I loved The Da Vinci Code. Everything since then has been downhill. Too bad.
I particularly enjoyed the characters in this book. Sadly, I had not yet read The Talisman when I read Black House, so I did it all backwards. Don't let that stop you though. This is classic King. Exciting, colorful and creepy.
Not sure. Still reading the Talisman which pales by comparison.
The most effective scene was the slow and agonizing death of the biker. It was awful - I could envision it all. Very...maybe entirely too...graphic. I was queasy through several chapters.
"Be sure to pick up your barf-bag at the ticket window."
In spite of the brutality and very graphic violence, I'd still recommend this as an excellent book for Stephen King fans.
I've never read the print version of Lisey's Story. As a matter of fact, I've bypassed this book in both print and audio incarnations many times. Perhaps it was the title. Perhaps it was the fact that there were no spooky pictures on the book's cover. I just wasn't interested in Lisey's story. But, when I recently succumbed to a Stephen King fever and found nothing else in his collection I hadn't read, I took this one. WOW! What an exciting surprise it was for me!
I loved the story but I have to say Mare Winningham's performance was magical. If this audio book had been blessed with pages, I couldn't have stopped turning them. As it was, I listened far into the night each night until I was finished.
No. But I will. She may be my new all time favorite.
The descriptions of Scott and Paul's abuse at the hands of their father was heartbreaking.
I'll be enjoying this book again. Thanks.
This is probably a book I would like to have in my hard-copy collection. That said, this was a short, sweet listen and fit into my schedule well.
It made me outraged and fearful. Does that count?
Every voter in the United States should read this book before they go to the polls on November 6th. This is enlightening.
Oh, hell yes. I'm hooked. I did find this book to be a let-down primarily because the voices of the already well known characters were NOT even similar. It was distracting. Of course, it must be said that Mr. Dotrice was magical in the three previous books.
Today I launch into A Dance With Dragons.
I'm also sending a letter to the author. It's time he got the other two books out of his head and into mine.
I've come to have a grudging appreciation for Jaimie - he's a jerk, but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Again, I was disappointed in Dotrice's rendering of the character voices.
I believe the audio version of this book is easier to follow than the written version would be. Since Faulkner writes as people think, I believe I would be forever going back to the previous paragraph or page without the excellent narration provided with this book.
I admired the descriptions of Mississippi within the book. As a Mississippi newbie, I'm fascinated by the people and the landscapes here. Faulkner nails it.
His was a quietly passionate performance. Believable and compelling. Extremely well done.
No. I needed breaks to digest the storyline and reflect on the characters.
As a writer, it's obvious to me that Faulkner was a frustrated poet. His words, though poetic and very descriptive, make the reader work too hard. I prefer writers who don't let their words get in the way of the story itself. But who am I to criticize a master?
I'll read more of Faulkner's work. (And no, it's not required in order to maintain one's citizenship in Mississippi. Unless you live around Oxford, maybe.)
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