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- By: Linda Collison
- Narrated by: Ariana Fraval
- Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Portsmouth, England,1760. Patricia Kelley, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Barbadian sugarcane planter, falls from her imagined place in the world when her absent father unexpectedly dies. Raised in a Wiltshire boarding school, 16-year-old Patricia embarks on a desperate crossing on a merchantman bound for Barbados, where she was born, in a brash attempt to claim an unlikely inheritance.
- By Peggy on 10-29-18
I loved this book by Linda Collison. It can be hard to find a story that is both original and well told . This was both . The main character was so real with very real thoughts and emotions, and I grew to care very much about her and the other characters . The nautical and medical background of the author was quite apparent and you can tell she really did her homework. The story was gripping , the love stories were very tender, and I can't wait to start on Sugeon's Mate!
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- By: Donna Tartt
- Narrated by: David Pittu
- Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
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.
One ruinous moment
- By Jessica on 01-02-14
Not worth the time
What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?
I thought the story line and subject matter were dreadful. Too much time was spent describing the most depressing and ugly situations and events.
What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?
The author is definitely talented, but she goes on and on in gory details about the most unpleasant scenes - uck!
What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He did Russian accents very well, and is a good narrator overall.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Frustration and depression.
Any additional comments?
If I listened one more vomit scene, I was going to scream.