Don't rely on any synopsis of this book. It is about a boy who is 13 or 14 when the book begins, but it's about so much more. It's a big juicy book that hits the all the right notes -- it has amazing plotting, unforgettable characters, beautiful writing, and lots to say about love, family, randomness and destiny. It's going to be talked about at dinner parties and around the water cooler, so you might as well jump in and experience it for yourself. If you're looking for a good listener, seek no further.
Do you know that feeling when you want to hurry through a book because it is hard to put down and at the same time you find it so enjoyable that you hate to see it end? This long book was a treat from beginning to end. I liked the story, I liked the characters, I liked the narrator. And it kept me enthralled for all 30+ hours. Reading the reviews of Tartt's other books which I have not read, I see comments for one having a lengthy end and for the other, comments about an abrupt end. I must say this one seemed about right. Yes, it ended with loose ends, but that's life - never tied in a neat bow. Yes, the author did some lengthy philosophizing at the end, but I was so reluctant for the book to end that I enjoyed this part as well. You will get your money's worth for sure!
A bit of art history, a bit about art conservation, a bit about furniture restoration and the antiques business, a lot about casual drug use, a lot of mystery and intrigue - a modern take on a who-done-it combined with coming of age in difficult circumstances. All in all, I loved it.
I live on an island off the coast of Maine. Since I installed a "doggie door" I am now retired from "Letting The Dogs In and Out"!
Under all the monologue there was a good story...........too much monologue, it went on and on and on and on and on and on
Yes - from this author
No...could have been a good story if cut in half.
Too drawn out........hopelessly frustrated listening to every thought the main character had and always hoping it would advance faster.
This book has been called "Dickensian" and that is a good description of this epic book. However, I found it more like "A Prayer for Owen Meany" (which is also one of my top-10 Audible books) than anything Dickens wrote.
Tartt's use of foreshadowing keeps the suspense at a level where you will have several "drive-way moments". I never found the story "slow" and could not wait to get back to this book whenever I had to turn it off.
The reader, David Pittu, really made this book come alive. The voice he uses for Boris, is just perfect and makes him more real than he would have been if I had read the book.
Don't let the 32+ hours scare you away--every minute is worth listening to.
I loved this story and performance so much, from beginning to end. 32 hours later and I'm a more enlightened human being.
I loved the interaction between Theo and Boris.
David Pittu's performance was out of this world amazing. The different voices, the accent on certain words, the hushed tones at some parts. It was just so good. A joy to listen to.
It made me laugh and cry, and wince and gasp and ache and hope, I felt everything for this book and I am so happy to have experienced it.
My eyes are going bad, and without audible, my mind would certainly go next...
Since I am a big fan of Donna Tartt, I was determined to be surprised. I read it the day it came out having intentionally avoided previewing any synopsis or advance reviews and am so glad I did! It was such a pleasure to move through the turnings and revelations with no expectations. Every element I value in a novel was rendered so satisfyingly: characters, plot, prose (exceptional), intricate themes, a sense of place and time… I’ve read both her previous books at least four times over the past 20+ years. I find them very rich and layered and compelling. I’m unashamed to say that I’ve read this one twice already in its first 6 months, a re-reading record for me. Truly great!
When the main character was discussing love of art, love of old things, and his realizations of how life works I felt this was so very insightful and it just hit me right in my heart. The author has put into words my feelings of art and old things. I feel as though she has justified my feelings and thoughts somehow and explained things I never could. There were many moments in this book, although they weren't directly sad, that i was moved to tears just from relating so clearly and from being submerged in the emotional thoughts she was expressing of peoples relationships with art and antiques and how these things live forever.
As for the comments on life, this is the first time I have read something that so clearly explains the point. No rainbows, just how it really is, and what is really important. This book has stayed with me and changed how I go about, and think about my life.
This is absolutely my favorite audiobook.
I loved Hobie but my favorite character was Boris. I felt so incredibly sad for him and at the same time I was amazed by his resourcefulness and ability to survive.
David Pittu is a fantastic reader and I absolutely believed that, in addition to Theo, he was Andy Barbour and his sister, Kitsy (as a child and an adult) as well as a 15-year old Ukrainian boy, tough and world-weary Xandra the Las Vegas barmaid and the 60-ish Hobie.
The story is full of moving moments but two in particular come to mind: when the Greyhound driver discovers that Theo has smuggled Popper on board and it seems like they might both be kicked off the bus and when Theo finally arrives back in NYC and shows up once again on Hobie's doorstep.
I was transfixed by The Goldfinch from the beginning. I found myself not wanting to get out of the car, sometimes sitting in the parking lot at work or the driveway at home for a few minutes after arriving. As long as it is, my mind never wandered and I was sad to come to the end.
loss effects life
When Theo hits the bottom and has the dream where he looks into the mirror. It struck me of how many of us who have lost someone have wished for that moment.
David Pittu is one of my favorite performance artist. I found myself speaking like Boris in tone and mannerism when I was by myself. He brings all the characters to life but than again, he always does.
I did not laugh or cry, but I did feel the immense loss and a bit uncomfortable when the book was speaking about addiction. There were times when I really didn't think I could take much more, it seemed to go on and on, but than it really hit me, this is just a small picture into what addiction is really like and if it made me feel uncomfortable than how horrible it must be to live in the skin of an addict.
The Goldfinch is a well written and memorable. Great authors make us feel emotions, rather it is joy or loss or even being uncomfortable, they bring to life the things in our souls that we sometimes choose to ignore. Fantastic work on a subject that most do not understand or even care to identify.
Not sure I would listen again, there are so many books out there to enjoy.
Well-developed characters. I love long books that cover a long period of time. Honestly, I was a bit sorry to reach the end.
Boris, Hobie, Theo. David Pittu's interpretation of each character was immensely helpful in following the sometimes complicated story line. Masterful storytelling!
Very near the end, when Hobie didn't turn his back on Theo. The description of the life of the subject of the painting, also near the end.