Golden Hill Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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....
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 45 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||08 June 2017|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 45,819 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,722 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
3,021 in Historical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
8,023 in Literary Fiction (Books)
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This book deserves several rereads and a place on every bookshelf.
I purchased the audio book with an excellent narration that really helped lift the story then read the book.
Every chapter provides an element of surprise, a twist which has the reader wondering what will happen next. First there are the various adventures of Mr Smith, as well as the question as to how the bill was to be honoured given the scarcity of cash. And then, just to complicate matters further, there’s a question over the validity of the bill. Mr Smith’s circumstances are fluid to say the least.
Read this novel: enter the eighteenth century with its coffee shops and stratified society, enter a tale (or two) of derring-do, and wonder until the end whether our hero will survive, who he might be and what he is about. To say more could spoil the read.
I enjoyed this novel, it’s both clever and entertaining. While the ending came as a surprise, it is fitting as well as mostly satisfying. Only mostly satisfying? Well, some of the characters were still living on in my mind and I wanted to keep reading, to know what happened next.
This is Mr Spufford’s first novel. I’ve read two of his books of non-fiction and thoroughly enjoyed them.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Faber & Faber Ltd. for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
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The main theme is gossip. Is it a crime to keep to yourself? In this book it is. Everyone is hostile in response to Smith's secrecy about his money and his plans, and this leads to so many problems for him that you just wouldn't forsee for a character whose mission is to keep his head down until he has achieved what he has set out to do. I loved the fact that every event created a new identity for him in the city: fraud, turkish magician, actor etc.
I felt very comfortable reading this book. It was just my kind of thing. I wouldn't have known this from the cover and the blurb, which are terrible! They need updating immediately, they don't suit the story at all.
I learned some new words which I will not repeat here...all I'll say is they're so old they've either fallen out of use or have changed their meanings.
The writing is just lovely, and sometimes reminded me so much of some much loved classics that it was easy to forget that it was published in 2016.
While I was reading i was discussing with a friend about whether or not it could be considered funny. I'd say it's Shakespeare funny. It's more quick wit than laugh out loud, though the whole of part four (and beginning of part 5) read like a skit of two bickering criminals.
I loved Tabitha and Smith's relationship. They reminded me of Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Bulter, although in the book they repeatedly compare themselves to Benedick and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing, which is probably more accurate and I wonder if that's who they're based on.
I would recommend this to fans of The Essex Serpent, Pride and Prejudice, The Crimson Petal and the White, Gone With the Wind.
The prose crackles in this acclaimed winner of the Costa First Novel Award, particularly in the dialogue and in the descriptions of the filthy, mercenary and dangerous back streets of antique New York. There is a dull acting section and a somewhat implausible long letter from Smith to his father, but otherwise Golden Hill is thoroughly entertaining and fascinating, ‘the best 18th century novel since the 18th century,’ as one critic put it.
Sorry to rain on your parade, if you loved it....
It was certainly different, the main plot of the novel was fine, but with an excess of flowery prose, for me it made the story a difficult read in certain places ( more the first half of the book).
Reviewers have also praised the end of the book, but I found it wanting.
I did find certain historical facts interesting, the many forms of currency for instance.
This suggests to me that the author who is more used to writing non fiction , perhaps produces better novels in that form.
lets see what my book club makes of it!