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.
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"What a story!"
A long tale & some would say a bit convoluted in parts but for all that a very good read, I loved it. The Narrator is superb, all the characters came to life before my very eyes, Boris drove me nuts & I found myself shouting out loud to Theo Decker 'Get out now before it's too late'. I'd love to meet Hobi even though I know nothing about antiques! A thoroughly good book if you have time to spare.
I absolutely loved book from start to finish. An epic tale of the the tragic theo and how he copes with life after the sudden and violent death of his mother. A faulty, guilt ridden life follows, so very sad but in a way things work out a little better for him than you'd expect
"WONDERFUL, but ..."
The narrator, David Pittu, is terrific - THE best narration of a fictional book that I have heard.
I don't normally like fiction to be "read" to me because the 'voices' of the characters are not necessarily the ones I would have 'in my head' - but David Pittu is brilliant at bringing the characters to life. With a lot of audio books, you remain aware that the reader is "acting" (which creates a 'distance' between you and the characters) - but, with Pittu, you completely forget that he is narrating and can become immersed in the story and the characters. He is a fantastic voice actor.
Not one "moment" in particular - but the author has a way of illuminating "little things", responses, reactions, thoughts that really hit home with the reader.
I really don't want to criticise this book, because it is fantastic … but I felt some parts were a little "overblown" and long and could have done with a tiny bit more editing just to keep the pace of the book going. However, Tartt's ability to create really three-dimensional characters is wonderful - and they remain with you for a long, long time.
"A wonderful story"
Definitely at the top!
The characters were larger than life, describing every scene perfectly, creating an atmosphere around each turbulent corner.
This was my first time with David Pittu! And he was amazing!
Lots, in fact too many to name them all, a must read before you die.
A fantastic listen.
"A Portrait of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder"
It's unsurprising that the character of Theo Decker that we find at the end of the novel is hardly different from the child because, as we know, the hallmark of PTSD is an inability to glow up emotionally. I wonder if it was intentional on the part of Donna Tartt, but meant or not it is with sensitive brush strokes that she fleshes out someone who is frozen in time and space because of childhood trauma. I loved the book and I stayed with it despite the entirely unnecessary Harry Potter references, the instability of the character of Boris and the desperate wrap at the end. Wonderfully narrated and worth suspending disbelief for. Leaves you looking for something as you mourn it ending.
His versatility with both male and female characters, particularly the minor ones. Loved Xandra and also Andy.
Every realisation of loss.
"Best book I have EVER read"
Right near the top. I was gripped.
The clever denseness and intelligence behind the writing. Cleverly descriptive in a way I actually liked. Great characters. Intriguing page turner.
He added to it. Some readers get in the way of the writing but this all gelled.
Yeah but I needed to sleep too
IT's long. It starts heartbreakingly. But the tone shifts and is bright in colour and characterisation. When I finished reading it I mourned the end of the book ... by which I mean I didn't want to leave its world. Don't let the subject matter put you off, it's loosely based around art ... so if that's the kind of thing that would turn you off, don't let it. Then get Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Room by Emma Donaghue, And Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson ... and you'll love yourself for doing so. And maybe me too.
"Promising, but doesn't really deliver"
Yes, this hasn't necessarily put me off Donna Tartt. The narration was fine so would be happy to listen to other books read by David Pittu.
I really didn't like the last hour of the book, which spoilt it for me quite considerably.
No follow up needed - unless it was going to focus on Boris perhaps. The main character was too dull for a follow-up.
This book was ok - promising in places, but then went off on one in the last hour, completely different to the rest of the book, almost as if it was trying to be something cleverer that it actually was, and was not enjoyable for me.
"Amazing Listen Totally Enthralling"
It was captivating I couldn't wait to get back to listening and find out what was happening I don't normally do reviews but this book was the best I've listened to in ages
HobyI could just imagine him he was alive for me. The narration the descriptive feel of him
I loved it all
Yes absolutely I couldn't wait to get back to it
Just download it and start listening
"Brilliantly read / performed"
I almost gave up on the Goldfinch, but after the first 25% or so the story became much more interesting and, oh my, what a great reading. The narrator makes all the characters come alive. This is a long novel (the paperback is over 800 pages) so you have to pace yourself.
The story is a 1st person narrative of Theodore Decker and how he experiences and reacts to the events in his life, encompassing several decades. He has an eventful life, with much good and bad befalling him, but the skill in the writing is that it makes it relevant to everyone's life and how we react to circumstances and events.
One of the best audiobook narrations I've come across. Each character in the novel is given a unique voice. This brings the book alive (without making it seem like a play or staging)
"Lives up to the hype"
It was totally absorbing and not what I expected it to be. The characters were well rounded and relatable, the story harsh at times but honest.
The author painted a picture that pulls you in to Theo's world and you feel part of it all. By the end of the book I actually missed being part of the characters life.
It was well voiced with each voice fitting the character
Join Theo on the ride of his life
Some reviews have said this book is longwinded and it is but that adds to the depth of characters and situations. Buy the book you won't want to stop listening
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