I would recommend the book itself, but not this audio version. The story spans a long period of time and is fairly interesting. The narration is an abomination though.
Izzie was the main character in the book and I'd say she was my favorite. She was caring and the best friend to all in the group. My least favorite character was Billy. I felt everything that was written throughout the story about Billy was very predictable.
Absolutely NOT! I felt he was a bit lispy. I think the way he tried to imitate the voices made the women sound like 3 year olds and the men sound like they were stoned. I think it really detracted from the story. Perhaps I'm being sexist, but I would really like a story by Danielle Steel, a fantastic writer of women's fiction for decades, to be narrated by a woman.
The Big Five
If you can endure the bad narration, you will enjoy the story.
I originally downloaded it because it was 32 hours long and a great value for my credit. But soon I was drawn in by Theo's incredible story. I loved the way the story followed Theo from age 13 all the way through his life. I loved the way Theo's relationships were developed with other characters, and how they wove in and out of his life. Of course, the painting...the Goldfinch... was at the core of the whole novel. It served both a practical and a symbolic purpose and was the thread that held the novel, the characters and the whole story together.
I cannot compare this book to any other book. The writing was flawless and amazing. I wondered how I would stay engaged for 32 hours, but the time flew by. The characters were so well developed, so deep and so realistic. When the book ended I was bereft...I missed Theo and Boris and Kitsy and Hobie.
I have not listened to any other of David Pittu's performances. However, I will do so based on his excellent narration for the Goldfinch.
I would say the most moving part of the book was Boris's revelation to Theo when their paths crossed into adulthood. I am not sure I should say what the revelation was, as I don't want to give it away, as it was both shocking and moving. It literally turned the whole story on it's head. Everything Theo believed, the foundation on which his whole life was based was shaken and torn apart.
Listen to this book! It is truly an amazing work of fiction. I read about 70 books a year (audio, on my tablet and paper books) and this was 100% the best book I have read in the last 10 years. Moving, troubling, gut-wrenching and real. Do not miss this one, you will regret it!!
I have not read the print version, but I truly believe the audio edition is probably more powerful, more gut-wrenching and believable. The characters speaking with German accents really drove it home for me. Picoult always uses different "voices" for her charcaters in print books by utilizing different fonts. Her books are so much more rich when brought to life by different character voices.
Minka. With all that Minka lived through, saw and experienced... she was still a class act. She never lived her life defined as a "survivor", she was simply a wife, a mother and a greandmother.
I loved the German accents used while telling Minka and Josef's stories.
Nazi Germany meets modern day storytelling...
Anyone who has wondered whether the holocaust really happened... READ THIS BOOK! I learned so much about WWII, about the history of the holocaust and what the Jewish people were subjected to in Nazi Germany. It's so powerful and you wonder if Minka's story would ever end, heartbroken yet hopeful at every turn. Not your typical Picoult book since it's lacking a strong court/legal aspect but insanely poingant and wonderful.
Defintely at the top!
I could compare it to other Picoult novels in some ways. It is written from the different standpoints of the characters. I have never listened to a Picoult book as audio. It was awesome the way the characters all had their own narrators. It added a richness to the story.
it is hard to choose just one. I liked the court scenes and the epilogue.
Lone Wolf - One family's wild life.
The is the best narration I have ever heard. It truly brought the characters to life.
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