Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014
Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2013
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.
©2013 Tay Ltd (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"32hrs... A great listen..."
The narrator made this novel come to life
interpretation of the characters.. well narrated
The narrator was brilliant. I really enjoyed his performance.
No. Basically, I enjoyed the story but it just dragged on too long, especially towards the end. I couldn't wait for it to end.
I haven't but would certainly look out for him again.
The story would make a good film.
"Every chapter, every single word had me captivated"
I am sure to be listening to this story again. As the intrigue kept me listening the first time, I think that the beauty and absolute clarity of the characters and locations will endure a second and subsequent readings (or listenings).
The expansive character development with such revealing personal insights into their lives reminds me of Anna Karenina, where I felt privileged to get to know the character so honestly. I feel that the "secrets" held close by the leading characters in both books are similar.
Awesome performance! It brought the characters to life and made them real for me. Loved Boris' accent!
One small painting impacts so many lives.
Sad to finish the book and return to the real world where these characters no longer exist.
The humanity and soundness of the story
Boris - tough but cerebral.
Yes - I listen in the car and I couldn't wait to have another journey.
A very rich book - will be a hard book to follow.
"First attempt at an audio book and I'm hooked!"
Although the story started slowly, it was gripping and the narrator did a great job of differentiating the characters.
"This is worth the wait!"
More than just a fantastic mystery journey with our young hero. This is deeply written, all the characters come to life and recognisable from some of our crazy pasts, with humour and affection - however bad they are. I love the Secret History - my best book but this was as good.
Holby ( I hope the spelling ok) the old guy; allowing into his busy antique restoration life in this huge old house always living on the edge -these dissperate and lost boys and girls
He was so much part of the story that I was not aware of him - through him to the story!!
Yes but its BIG!!
A book makes you question your own life the values, pre occupations and finaly that it is so short.
"The best 30 hours you will spend this year"
Yes. I completely lost myself in this book. The characters and narrative grabbed me so strongly that I felt quite bereft when it ended
David Pittu became all the characters effortlessly but he especially caught Boris, as a naughty, devious, loveable, dangerous, generous rogue. As he read I always imagined Boris smiling.
It would take a very hard heart not to be moved by Theo's story.
I'm going to listen again in light of the ending of the story as I think the second listening will be just as enjoyable as the first.
"Great novel, brought brilliantly to life"
Pittu's characterisations are so extraordinarily vivid, I feel like I've read the book and seen the film.
"Excellent, just excellent!"
This is the first review I've posted... I felt that this is definitely one of the best books I've listened to from Audible. I have to say though that it took a little while to draw me in - in fact I'd looked up Audible's returns policy after the first chapter - I just didn't think it was for me, in spite of all the great reviews! So glad I stuck with it though.
There is an incredible amount of detail in this book. This sounds like it might be tedious, but it is Donna Tartt's sheer artistry that all those small details add up to make a very convincing, roundly characterised novel. The details about the art scene (especially underground/stolen), the drug culture in America, restoration of fine furniture, life on the outskirts (in many ways) are superb and support a fast-moving plot.
The characters are for the most part extremely believable, even loveable for all their flaws! Boris and Hobie stand out.
This is the first performance I've listened to by David Pittu but I would definitely want to listen to other books he's narrated.
"What happens when disaster strikes at a young age?"
This is a long listen so be prepared. I can't lie I almost gave up in the middle but I got past that lull it became riveting again. The book is about a boy called Theo and how his life turns out after a terrible tragedy. The people that make an impact in his life. I must admit I was drawn to his friend Boris when he was around I listened intently. The author should write about his story that would be one to listen too.
A very good listen.
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