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Golden Hill Audiobook

Golden Hill

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Publisher's Summary

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746.

One evening, a handsome young stranger off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a compelling proposition - he has an order for 1,000 pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash. But can he be trusted? New York is a place where a young man with a fast tongue can reinvent himself, fall in love, and find trouble....

©2016 Francis Spufford (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A novel of such joy it leaves you beaming...verifiable gold." (The Sunday Telegraph)
"The best 18th century novel since the 18th century." (BBC Radio 4)
"A cunningly crafted narrative that, right up to its tour de force conclusion, is alive with tantalising twists and turns.... This is a dazzlingly written novel. Little brilliances of metaphor and phrasing gleam everywhere." (The Sunday Times)

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    EEL 29/10/2017
    EEL 29/10/2017
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    "Good book, poor performance"

    While (as the book's ending will show -- no spoilers here) the decision to have the story read in a female American voice is logical, the actor chosen here is not an ideal choice, as she clearly has a much smaller personal vocabulary than the author. She constantly mis-stressed and mispronounced words (steepled, basso, Hades, concupiscence, mountebank), substituting more familiar ones in some places ('connection' for 'contention', 'slivers' for 'silvers', etc). Surely one of the jobs of those at Whole Book Audio should be to ensure that the performance represents the book accurately, otherwise one might as well get a free LibriVox recording. I have decided to write this review (something I rarely do) because I have noticed the same fault on too many of Whole Book Audio's other recordings, and they really need to improve this aspect of their business (the second narrator in David Mitchell's "The Bone Clocks" was a particularly egregious example).

    "Golden Hill" is set in New York City of the early 18thC and includes a cast of characters with a variety of accents, some of which the reader executed more successfully than others, with her attempt at Scottish sounding very East European. "Golden Hill" also includes brilliant set-pieces of performance within the novel: a Sinterklaasavond feast, Bonfire Night ("Pope Night"), and the performance of a play. In the last of these, it is central to the plot that two of the characters are much better actors than the others, but the reader was unable to portray the differences between the terrible acting and the great acting, flattening them out to much of a muchness.

    I've focused on the performance here because I found it detracted from my enjoyment of what, had I merely read it in my head, would have struck me as a well written, entertaining, and unusual story. Until a better recording is produced, I recommend buying the book and reading it yourself!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 18/07/2017
    Suswati 18/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Elegant, rich language, plot filled with twists"

    The entire premise of this novel surrounds the enigmatic Richard Smith who has turned up in New York in 1700s with £1,000, a huge sum at the time. The prose is elegant and rich, reminiscent of classic period dramas written by Edith Wharton, but mixes the plot of the Taming Of The Shrew with "The Guest" by Satyajit Ray. The ending is poignant when we discover his true purpose of the money and there are literally hundreds of twists throughout the novel. Beautifully written.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 04/12/2017
    Brian 04/12/2017
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    "Engaging New York romp"
    Would you try another book written by Francis Spufford or narrated by Sarah Borges?

    Yes - lively writing and an interesting time to read about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster - really 'orrible


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Borges’s performances?

    I enjoyed the narrator's voice but there were quite a few mispronunciations of words


    Do you think Golden Hill needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really - no spoilers but it's pretty complete


    Any additional comments?

    Good book -worth a go and keeps it's pace up nicely - I particularly liked the Tabitha character and the card game scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SG 27/11/2017
    SG 27/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful novel bringing young New York alive"

    Great story wondefully narrated and smashing ending. Wonderful sould warmer and reminder of new world

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DavidR 08/10/2017
    DavidR 08/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Dazzling!"

    Brilliant book, brilliant reader; highly recommended. Moving, clever, original; what more could you wish for from a novel?

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    "Wowed "

    Gripping story, astonishingly good writing, sensitive and stylish narration. I want to go back and listen over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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