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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"unexpected but riveting"
fantastic listen, good accents. definitely worth your time . so long too, you get more and more
Quite a saga however it casts a spell with the thoroughness of its narrative on society, antiquery, post traumatic effects on a person's life, art, travel...There is a lot of pondering and thought by the characters that the author develops beautifully. I love the mingling on old and modern as well as the well heeled and the down and out without taking it to the gutter.
Really loved this. So tender and sad and beautifully crafted, with such memorable characters. I thought the narrator was brilliant.
Did not want it to end.
Great story and an amazing David Pittu. Audiobooks rarely get better than this.
"A beautiful novel, dazzlingly written and complete"
I waited quite a while to listen to this as it's very long and I know from experience that Tartt is wonderful at writing addictive prose. I loved this book, from the utterly empathic characters to the subject matter, from the unimaginable horror which begins it to the soaring, truthful redemption at the end. So well read by David pichhu whose voices for characters are worthy of particular note. Simply brilliant. Thank you Donna Tartt.
Just dull really, plot does not go very far and very self absorbed in description of dull minutiae seems like the author was writing to show off her writing than to entertain the reader.
Try entertaining the reader than showing off what a good writer you are.
None- would have added more in.
"David Pittu is a genius"
David Pittu is really what brings this book to life, he does the accents of all the characters superbly - and there are many interesting ones!
"Some dramatic moments but too long"
self indulgent and far far too much necessary prose. some dramatic and amusing moments. one to avoid unless someone steps in and culls at least a third.
"A promising plot but FAR, FAR too long"
I am still beguiled by and remember the characters, overall plot and some great twists, despite having read it some time ago, and I liked the writing style, but how I wished it had been edited to half its length. At some points I was so frustrated with the slowness of the narrative and predictability of the next minor plot turn, I felt like banging my head on the sink, and if I hadn't been listening while I was washing up, i wouldn't have made it through the book.
"Book is brilliant right up until the last hour."
It has loads of twists and turns and keeps you wondering what could possibly happen next, but I felt the last hour of the book was unnecessary and eeked the story out longer than needed.
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