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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Rambling, compelling, absorbing
Although not similar in content, it brought to mind The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for its rich characterisation, intricacy and detail of plot and extreme differences in locale (possibly also because the bulk of both books is set in New York).
It's a toss up between Boris and Hobie.
David Pittu's performance was excellent. The characters all sounded distinct and his voice is very easy to listen to. That, added to Tartt's characterisation, created a book full of rich characters who were easy to picture.
I loved this book so much. Although I knew the basic story line already, there were parts that seemed new to me. David Pittu does a great job with the narration and all the different accents
Theo's life story is so dark so depressing and so filled with drama an bad life choices, that the book becomes less and less relatable for me. That being said, the performance is quite slow I listened at1,5x.
I did like the introspective parts, where theo looks at what is happening and reflects
It starts and ends OK but all in between is for no reason. Is how America discovers the meaning of life after years and years of consumerism and drug use? I am confused. Also the narration is nice but too sssssslooooooow. I listened to it at 2x speed and some times at 3x.
Yes, particularly because the performance of the narrator was so good
I loved James Hobart ("hobie"). A kind and wonderful man.
Without doubt Boris. David did a sensational job of portraying Boris.
I'm not that smart
A really great book, well written, well performed, I loved it from start to (nearly) finish. I did find the finish a bit messy, like the author just wanted to wrap it up,the most disappointing part of the whole book.
Riveting, philosophical, lifelike!
Mrs Barber's 'goodbye' to Theo when he moves to Vegas, Hobie's reaction to Theo's betrayal, Boris's attempts to reclaim the painting
I had never heard him before but cannot believe anyone could be so brilliantly creative. He smoothly manages to move from Andy's character to Boris's accent, to Mrs Barber's class act to Hobie's honest-to-goodness manner ... Amazing! His reading made the book smooth sailing!
Enjoyed the summing up at the end: seems true that excess desire for an object can make you do things you normally wouldn't. It can take over your life ...
"Utterly gripping story"
This was one of the most enjoyable performances I listened to recently - certainly among the top 5.
The story starts with an utterly mesmerising account of a bomb explosion in a New York Museum. In that explosion, the young protagonist loses his mother but gains an artwork and a love that will haunt his life. To say more would spoil everything, but you'll be hooked from the start. The characters are fascinating, utterly believable and the plot engrossing if just this side of believable - whenever you think it couldn't get worse, it does. Much here revolves around friendship and love, greed and commitment, money and drugs, class and exclusion.
The plot and characters feel Dickensian - the motherless child, the stolen artwork, the unattainable love, an artful dodger as best friend, bad company, avuncular protectors, upper class people whom one ends up pitying…. The ending is disappointing, as if Tartt couldn't quite work out how to get her man out of the story, and the genre slides into some absurd thriller-like writing that felt rather forced. However, what comes before the final hour is absolutely worth listening to.The Goldfinch is the title of a painting whose fate is tied up with that of the protagonist, and as such this device is reminiscent of Henry James (in The Wings of the Dove or The Golden Bowl). But the writing couldn't be more unlike the prose of the later James - clear, sharp, and well-paced.
This was my first encounter with Pittu. The performance contributes much to making this book engrossing: the characters become real and the accents add so much to the characterisation. It's a wonderful achievement.
The protagonist stumbles from one loss to the next, first the mother, then his love, then his best friend, but some of these can be regained… Leaving his mother's flat behind and discovering the truth about his father is the most painful bit, and rendered very poignantly.
It's a flawed novel - the ending really wobbles - but characterisation and plotting are handled masterfully. Thoroughly enjoyable. A real storyteller or a writer.
Shorten it, there were so e parts of the book that went on and on for to long
Not to get messed up on drugs.
Enjoyed the actual story it was just much to long and parts like his life in Vegas were very repetitive and I kept waiting for more to happen to him whilst he was there. Didn't like the ending much, it suddenly seemed rushed after such a long time getting there. Did love the narration .
As an exploration of trauma, moral minefields and the transformative qualities of art its genius. Though the long subjective journey may upset some folks.
"Gold star for The Goldfinch"
I would give 6 stars! David Pittu narrates brilliantly. Fabulous story with many twists. I would highly recommend this book, better than my expectations of it and don't be put off by the length.
A truly glorious novel of quite a remarkable story that can only but permanently touch the heart and soul of the reader.
"Great book, expertly read"
Boris stands alongside some of the greatest characters in the history of fiction. Extremely memorable. This book was a very addictive listen.
"A great story well told."
One of the best books that I have read with a compelling storyline and well narrated.
"Glad I bought it"
Lengthy listen, but has kept me entertained throughout. Will probably listen again at some point in the future. Excellent narration.
"Outstanding! Buy it straight away!"
Yes, I loved it! I'd want to go on the journey again with Theo.
Boris, a fabulous creation - charismatic, wild, dangerous yet all heart.
The reunion between Boris and the dog!
"A great Listen"
I loved the sensitivity of the writing, the childhood time of the main character, written with such beauty and realism in my view. I loved the way the story grew through the chapters and how there was such great depth to it. Full of great characters and I learned a lot about art too! Bonus, the descriptive writing of the painting was poetry to me.
The main character, he was flawed and believable.
the lead character, but a close second was his best friend.
Very much so it, made me laugh and cry. I didn't want him to grow up, I wasn't sure the author could hold my attention with the character as an adult, but there was no need to worry, he was just as captivating.
A superb listen. I highly recommend this book to both male and female readers. Great author, I look forward to reading more of this authors work.
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