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The Secret History

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Donna Tartt

22 Hours 4 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2004

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In this brilliant novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt gives us 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 brough to brutal life ... and lead to a gruesome death. And that was just the beginning ...

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  • Melissa S.

    Absolutely riveting. I loved it and loved the narration by the author, too. Only he author can ever really narrate the manner of speak intended. Some hilarious phrasing in the midst of horrors. I hated for it to end and am immediately ordering another from Donna Tart.

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  • Jennifer V

    All time favorite book I have read several times. Great to hear the author read it.

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  • Colleen H.

    not one of my favorites, a little slow moving.

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  • Jade

    Had me in the edge of my seat.

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  • Linda M.

    This is one of the best mystery stories ever written. I read it many years ago and decided that since I could not remember the plot, that it would be a good piece of escapism and it was. The plot is intricate and the characters fully developed. I finished listening it a few days ago and find myself thinking about the various characters - not all nice people but interesting and some times blood curdling. Highly recommended. The narration, by the author, was really excellent.

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  • Star Pepper

    I thought the book rather boring and boorish and the naration was done is such a monotone that made it seem endless and more boring.

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  • katlyn johnson

    The Secret History has been my favorite book for the past 7 years. The language is beautiful and mesmerizing. I challenge anyone to start this book and not go to bed thinking about it. Told in hindsight, the story jumps around a lot in a teasing sort of way. Donna Tartt is a master of the English language. She also happens to narrate the book. It allows the full intent of the novel to be expressed in her intended way.

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