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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The best Audible book I've ever listened to. Glad I listened rather than read as the quality of the narration just carried me along.
"A most satisfying audiobook experience!"
Having read the " proper" book which I thoroughly enjoyed, I bought the audio version for us to listen to on our travels this summer. It was even more enjoyable with David Pittu's excellent reading - in fact I am rather worried that this has been such a good audiobook that it will be hard for others to live up to it! There are many characters in this story and the number of different voices Pittu adopted was admirable - Hobie, Boris and Zandra were particular favourites of mine.
Donna Tartt has written an amazing book that takes you from Amsterdam on a journey that you couldn't possibly imagine when you start. I learned things from reading it - it has left me richer which is always a good thing.
"Try to remember and if you remember ..."
The richest of portraits, rendered lovingly by the narrator - Tartt through and through, the labour of love of a true aesthete - read it and yearn.
"Wonderful, worth all 32 hours!"
I was initially apprehensive about downloading such a long book, but it was worth it. This is a pleasurable, easy listen and due to the detail Tartt takes the care to explain, it truly transports you. At some points I felt the story was a little slow but it was worth persevering.
"32 hours in, I'm not sure I like Theo!"
The performance is good, and I did feel compelled to listen to the end. The story is interesting in parts, however I found that I couldn't really connect to, or sympathise with, Theo. His illness in Amsterdam, and the bus journey to New York are two parts that lost my interest.
I feel that a lot of questions were left unanswered. Although Theo's perspective on life seems to have changed, he seems to also have escaped any repercussions for his actions.
I do not think I would have read the book to the end.
"Gripping - brilliant story and brilliantly read"
Theo has kept me company on many long journeys to work over the last month. I'm so sad I finished the book. Highly recommend.
"One of my favourite books ever"
As in my headline this is one of my favourite ever books
Who won't love the flawed genius of Theo's best friend, Boris
David Pittu's performance brought the characters luminously alive for me. I can only fault one little thing - I just wish he'd mixed a wash of Australian into Boris' accent. It is a tricky call though, australo/russian!
Most of the end I was in tears. The bitter poignancy of the two contrasting ways that Theo and Boris handled life, Thanatos v. Eros. And I was so sorry to get to the end of the book and have to leave them behind.
I've seen reviews that criticise the length of the book but I disagree. Donna Tartt's rich detail is part of what I love. I was never bored, I've listened to it twice and no doubt will go back there again.
"Quietly endearing but weak ending"
No need to listen again. A beautifully told story but not compelling enough for a second listen
His characterisation was superb, the voices didn't jar at all and made the story come alive
No! It was over 30 hours long!
The ending was self serving and meandering, but before that the plot was interesting
"Beautiful prose, wonderful narration"
Yes - but only to certain friends. This book will not be for anyone who only enjoys a light read. It's a commitment, reading a book like this.
In particular his charaterisations of Hobie and Boris really bring them to life. Amazing narration.
One boy's struggle to find his way in life
"Another good Donna Tartt"
A very long book which I nearly have up on in the early chapters but the story comes together in a very interesting way. Great characters!
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