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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Wonderful story. Brilliant narrator , I didn't want it to finish, need a continuation - book 2 ??
Another really great listen, and well narrated. This story carried me along from the very first, and I was sad and missed it when I got to the end.
There are hundreds of excellent reviews of this superb novel, so I won't embark on a longer description of the book, but it's worth noting how well it works in audio.
This must have been a hell of a task for the narrator, never mind the author!
"Lovely but way too long"
It is just too long. I know you shouldn't judge a book by length, but, boy, does this one drag on and on in the middle with nothing of consequence happening. You could skip about 20 hours of it and miss nothing. Las Vegas, the Barbours, even the furniture stuff – all irrelevant really.
Yes, but just listen to the first couple of hours and maybe the last six or seven. New York and Amsterdam.
Narrator is great.
For about 10 hours. Other 22 frustratingly rambling and irrelevant.
Although it's too long I did enjoy The Goldfinch. But for once I would have preferred an abridged version.
"I thought this was an interesting read."
This is not like most books in which you can predict the next line. The author has made a great job in writing a book which makes you want to know what happens next.
Hoby was my favourite character, probably because I could visualise him more.
An interesting voice.
Not really I was enthralled at every move in the story
It seems a long story but do not be put off by the length it is well worth listening to and I would believe at any age group.
"Too long and drawn out"
The over descriptive narrative just went on too long.
Yes his accents were very good
At the very end when you finally got there, you learned a bit about the painting
I did not enjoy the story, far to depressing with no hope of redemption for the main character not an uplifting book at all. Nearly gave up a few times but saw it through to the end and I was so glad when the book finally ended.
amazingly written story
Boris, the narrator made him sound so alive.
When Andy, the main character moves back to New York. His travel back on the coach.
It took me 8 days to listen to it. I didn't want to finish.
When I read my books which are good I straight away have in my mind all characters and scenes and this time from page one I had that happen to me.
I am going to visit Hague soon to see the original Goldfinch.
"How to follow Secret History & Little Friend?"
Intriguing Excessive Impressive
He caught all of the characters, male and female.
It isn't that kind of novel (see below)
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is a remarkable novel, in the noteworthy sense of the word. It is certainly not a "turkey" or a “Harry Potter tribute novel”, to cite highly critical reviews by, respectively, Peter Kemp and Julie Myerson. But neither is The Goldfinch a successful novel. Its proportions are curious. There is a story, that of Theo Decker and the 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius entitled The Goldfinch, and a cast of memorable characters, particularly the fascinating Boris, whom Theo meets in a bildungsroman form. The story takes readers from Amsterdam to New York City to Las Vegas, back to New York after a Jack Kerouac-like journey by Theo and Popchick, a small fluffy dog, on to Amsterdam, and concluding in New York. Gangsters, high-school capers during which Theo is re-named "Potter", art-theft, an orphan's progress or regress. One would think this gripping enough to satisfy any fan of Tartt’s first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend. Yet, the story is curiously static and Theo/Potter at the end of this 771-page novel seems no different from the boy of 14 years earlier. Ditto Boris. More than this, though: it is the full and incredibly well-informed description of "incidents of virtually no significance" to the story that interrupts the onward movement of the story. Objects of highbrow, middlebrow and lowbrow culture, alike, receive paragraphs of minute and fascinating description. Herman Melville mystified the first few generations of readers of Moby Dick with a comparable mix of story and description and, therefore, The Goldfinch is in renowned company. However, Melville brings the mix of elements together at the end of Moby Dick, whereas Tartt relies on some routine, even clichéd, assertions about the importance of art to bring her novel to an end, a conclusion which does justice to neither her story nor her arresting catalogue of contemporary culture. But, still, it is a remarkable novel which I expect I will re-read at some point.
"This takes you to places you have never been."
I would gladly listen again, it was such an unusual story.
Liked the versatility of David, didn't get bored with his characters
I got more engrossed as I went along, and ended up listening every chance I had.
"An absolutely excellent listen!"
Gripping, exciting and emotional
When Theo returns home
He brought the characters to life!
Theo's date - you will know what I mean
"5 chapters in and not for me"
it was fine
just didn't hook me
Not saying its a bad book, just not for me
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