Audiobook Review: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

70897My Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Donna Tartt

Publisher: Penguin Books

Genres: Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.

My Thoughts & Review

I’d been hearing so much about this book, that I actually bumped this book up from my list of books I want read in 2019 to now. I really enjoyed reading Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” a couple of years ago, so wanted to see how this one would compare.

I listened to this one on audiobook and actually got through quite a bit of it while out and about Christmas shopping.

The storyline is really good full of interesting and literary references, but I did find that it took a long time for things to get started, but once it gets going it gets interesting. The book is very well written and contains lots of descriptive writing. I’m not usually a fan of lots of descriptive writing but somehow the way it was done in this book it didn’t bother me at all.

Although the characters felt like they were well developed, at the same time I found them to be weird and a little messed up. Some of the character’s behaviours were a little implausible, and I didn’t really care much about them, yet still I wanted to carry on reading about them to find out what would happen to them.

The audiobook was narrated by Donna Tartt herself and I think she done a wonderful job. It’s always nice hearing the authors reading their own books.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, but I still liked “The Goldfinch” better.

I would recommend this book if you haven’t read it already.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.


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