The Secret History
A Read With Jenna Book Club Pick • International Bestseller
“Enthralling. . . . A remarkably powerful novel.” —The New York Times
In this brilliant novel from Donna Tartt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch, comes a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.
Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life—in particular by an elite group of five students, Greek scholars, worldly, self-assured, and at first glance, highly unapproachable.
Yet as Richard was accepted and drawn into their inner circle, he learned a terrifying secret that bound them to one another. . . a secret about an incident in the woods in the dead of night where an ancient rite was brought to brutal life. . . and lead to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning...
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This ominous mystery set within the ivy-covered walls of an elite college is a modern classic for good reason. Pulitzer winner Donna Tartt takes us to a Vermont college, where new kid Richard falls in with a group of privileged students whose admiration for charismatic classics professor Julian Morrow feels cultlike. As Richard gets drawn deeper into his friends’ insular world, we discover the shocking depths of their decadence and debauchery. Tartt’s writing is rich and atmospheric, with an unsettling atmosphere of dread. Tartt reads the audiobook, and every inflection, breath, and pause deepens the story. Fans of gripping, character-driven novels will love this wickedly smart modern-day Greek tragedy about obsession, beauty, and decay.
Great idea, great writing, and an author who believes too firmly in the fallacy of control. She should let professional readers read and bring life to her words. Instead what we have here is breathy, ill-timed phrases, rushed sentences one on top another, and pauses that, with everything else, make for a tart, less enjoyable experience through rich text and a compelling plot. Too bad.
I love this book and the author's narration. I felt as though I had the rare privilege of listening to a book from the author's perspective and voice. The book is absolutely incredible!!! The narration brought the vivid characters to life in a way I would not have imagined without the audio. Hang in there in the beginning. It only gets better!
Love her voice and book is interesting
I purchased the book today and i love her voice and reading skills. I purchased other books before and I couldn't finish them because the reading was horrible. The guy was too loud and his voice was so annoying. She did amazing job I understand every single word and English is my second language, her voice makes me calm and I am loving it.