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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"This touches so many different topics astounding"
Heart wrenching, exiting
When he turns up in New York and is taken in by an almost stranger who treats him better than friends or family.
So many characters all so individual
Yep but would be a spoiler
Looking at all this authors books now as I'm so impressed
"Pittu reads this excellent book brilliantly"
I won't try and give a clever review as I'm not capable, I will just say that I thought the book was excellent, very enjoyable, funny, clever, just great. However I also want to tell potential buyers that in my opinion David Pittu is the best audiobook narrator I've heard to date. He transforms effortlessly into each character but without going over the top. After this I started listening to Secret History, and was surprised to find that I enjoy Donna Tartt's reading of her own book less enjoyable than Pittu's.
"So good I didn't want it to end"
I didn't know what to expect as this is the first Donna Tartt book I have 'read' but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think that listening to it as an Audio book enhanced the experience as the narration was fabulous and clearly created individual characters especially Boris the Ukranian. Don't be put off by the length of the book, it doesn't feel like a long book as some of this length do. I enjoyed it so much I really didn't want it to end and I would definitely listen to it again.
"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.
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