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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,673 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donna Tartt Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence, and evil.

The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet—unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson—sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and “a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens” (New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.

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  • This extraordinary book [has] a main character, a twelve-year-old girl named Harriet Cleve Dufresnes, who ranks up there with Huck Finn, Miss Havisham, Quentin Compson, and Philip Marlowe, fictional characters who don't seem in the least fictional . . . If To Kill a Mockingbird is the childhood that everyone wanted and no one really had, The Little Friend is childhood as it is, by turns enchanting and terrifying. Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
  • Breathtaking . . . A sublime tale rich in religious overtones, moral ambiguities, and violent, poetic acts . . . From its darkly enticing opening, we are held spellbound. Lisa Shea, Elle
  • Readers are easily swept up in [a] darkly comic novel that . . . broadens to examine Southern racial and social strata, religious and generational eccentricities, and the passion of youth that gives way to the ambivalence of age. At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, The Little Friend is most surprising when it is edge-of-your-seat scary. Dennis Moore, USA Today
  • A sprawling story of vengeance, told in a rich, controlled voice . . . Tartt has written a grownup book that captures the dark, Lord of the Flies side of childhood and classic children's literature. James Poniewozik, Time
  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cat | 2/2/2014

    " Like 'The Secret History' this novel is also somewhat of a mystery, drama, pseudo-philosophical piece of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J K | 1/29/2014

    " I liked this, I hadn't read anything by her before and picked it up free at a garage throwout. I liked the slow buildup of sweaty Southern atmosphere and the ever growing threat that the wonderful lead character, a girl who doesn't want to grow up, must face. Enjoyed it even though the ending which didn't necessarily provide closure, but made sense as life moves on. Which I don't usually like in a book ending, either, but it didn't feel wrong in this as well. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Andrea Engh | 1/25/2014

    " I have never not finished a book after I was over half way through, but that is what I did with this book.... Dont watse your time, I was in the 400 page range, and just could not take reading about nothing anymore. I am not even curious about what happened (although I did read a spoiler review, which just let on about what you never find out, it didn't give away anything that actually happened).... While I was still reading it, I found that I was dreading reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wesley Blixt | 1/22/2014

    " A little disappointin after The Secret History. Big yuck factor. Love the meth . . . "

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