Audiobook Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

17333535Published: October 22nd, 2013 

By: Hachette Audio

Narrated By: David Pittu (32 hours, 29 minutes)

Genres: Literary-Fiction, Contemporary, Coming-of-Age

Format: Audio CD Source: Purchased 

My Rating: 4 Stars 

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Theo Decker, a thirteen-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.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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Audio Book Review: Enclave by Ann Aguirre

23301565 (1)Published: April 12th 2011 By: Macmillan Audio

Genres: Young-Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror, Dystopia, Science-Fiction

Format: Audio Unabridged: Emily Bauer – narrator (7 hrs. 53 mins.) Source: Library My Rating: 4 Stars

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New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters–or Freaks–who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight–guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world–facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

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