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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"Well I wasn't expecting that!"
It's very rare for me to read this kind of fiction, but I am so glad I did!
Riveting from start to finish, read brilliantly!
Highly recommended to all.
"Brilliant and unforgettable"
A truly great and moving work. It was well voiced and I highly recommend it
Theo and his mum are learning to cope without the dad, when there is an explosion at the museum, killing the mum.
Theo is taken in by a schoolfriend's family, but can never tell anyone about the painting he took shortly before the museum collapsed.
The painting is always baiting him throughout a turbulent adolescence spent with a corrupted father and alcoholic best friend.
The narrator is fantastic. His voices for different characters make the story come to life.
really enjoyed, feel I was complletetly immersed in the story. look forward to more like this!
this is a wonderfully written story. it moves slowly through the life of Theo from his mother's death through to his later life. it focuses on his relationships with wonderfully written character and a painting much adores by his mother and fundamentally with his struggle to cope with the her loss. I found the book a challenge to listen to as I found that I rather disliked the main character despite knowing everything he had been thriugh but at the same time I wanted to see how the story panned out. the characters are bought to life with fantastic narration, each one instantly recognisable, no two voices the same. my favourite character was Boris.!
"Hard to Stop"
The narrator does a superb job at embodying each character. I really had to drag them earbuds out. It's rare when listening to an audiobook that I can SEE the action so well. Got to thank the old Tartt for that, but the experience is very good too.
"sad it's over! brilliant performance and narrative"
loved it. listening to a long book is much easier than reading it... I took 9 months to read war and peace and 2 weeks to listen to this.
Mesmerising book with a highly skilled narrator. Got a little lost at times but the story telling was spellbinding with a rich assortment of characters. Loved it.
"Loved this book"
I feel that I may wander lost now having spent the past weeks with Theo, I started to get anxious when there was only 6 hours left to listen to and now it is finished.
A great story, fantastic characters & well read. Truly worth a listen!
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