• The Little Friend

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-30-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (6 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Winner of the WH Smith Literary Awards 2003, The Little Friend is written by Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, with an audiobook narration by the brilliant voice artist Laurel Lefkow. A little boy is found murdered in the front garden of his Mississippi town, the mystery of his death never solved. His sister is the only person who delves deep into the very roots of the community to uncover his killer. This novel is all at once gripping, tense, suspenseful and addictive. It is the work of a master writer. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

The second novel by Donna Tartt, best-selling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is 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" (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.
©2002 Donna Tartt (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"A dazzling tour de force” ( Daily Mail)
"Beautifully written and immaculately crafted ... even though there's humour, the tension is palpable. Unputdownable” ( Daily Mirror)
"Harriet is one of the most engaging and rounded characters you are likely to find ... gorgeous, fluent, visual." ( The Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 07-08-15


Exquisite writing. Beautiful with palpable tension from a child's innocent point of view. Highly recommend any word that Donna Tartt writes

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 07-19-15

Her third best book but still a wonderful story

Great slice of Americana. Brilliantly told, lovely characters and a cracking yarn.
Now I just have to wait ten years for the next Donna Tartt novel...
I really enjoyed it

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 06-06-15

Don't make this your first Tartt book.

Glad I persevered. Glad it was read to me.
Extremely detailed narrative and character analysis. Nicely read.
Seemed like it wasn't going anywhere for a long time but I eventually succumbed and enjoyed it by the end. However I believe if you make this your first Donna Tartt book it may put you off from reading her others which would be a pity.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-08-18

Very boring. Read The Secret History instead.

Donna Tartt needed to be put on a severe adjective budget with this novel. What could have been a wonderful book feels like wading through semi-set concrete. It is SO slow and pointless, weighed down with way too much useless description. The reading is wonderful if you do choose to listen to this book, but I would highly recommend reading The Secret History which is excellent, or The Goldfinch which is very good, over this overly long, dull story. What a shame her editor didn't push her to cut this back a little and turn it into something worthwhile!

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