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
Best read (or listen) to date. Highly recommended.
Couldn't put this one down. The reader is brilliant.
Will definitely look forward more by this pair.
Different, gripping journey. Don't let the length put you off.
The relationship between Theo and Boris
Everything. The narrator is wonderful. The characters are 'alive' ... the story believable.
Boris. I am in love with Boris.
Boris! (see above)
But also loved Theo and Hobie. Even the awful characters are made interesting and likeable in a way...
The Goldfinch. This is actually a book with a name that is really suited to it.
Don't hesitate to listen to this book...it is 32 hours of your life you will not regret!
exquisite, beautiful writing
the fine understanding of the ache of being a human being
no, but intend to
very well read by David Pittu, very good and sustained voice characterisation of different characters
Clever, thoughtful, compelling
I couldn't say
So many great scenes. But perhaps the final one.
Hobie, I think he'd be so charming & fascinating.
The perfect marriage of story and narrator. David Pittu is brilliant. I will be looking out for books narrated by him from now on.
I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.
I was delighted to find such a long and classy novel. Very pleased to think 'comtemporary Dickens' and find this confirmed in reviews! I will remember it - this is the highest accolade i can give.
I have given it to my 17 year old to read - she finds it hard to get into books as she is caught up in an instant gratification age of social media. Im pleased to report that she's hooked too!
Tartt's writing is, as usual, gripping. There were so many things I couldn't predict and kept wondering where this story could possibly go after X or Y happened. She sure knows how to keep a girl hooked!
I haven't but think he is a most excellent narrator. Really spot on with nuance and tone and loved how he could make the various voices sound so different from one another.
This really was a fanatastic book. It just went on too long in parts and I'm not sure I like the ending. It felt far too preachy and out of sync with the rest of the book.
"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.
"Outstanding Literary Fiction Read by a Maestro"
Donna Tartt's first book A Secret History and although I've never read Remembrance of Things Past by Proust, I have a feeling that there is some kind of similarity because of the detail. But the details are enthralling.
The Hero, his mentor, his best friend and the girl he loves.
A 21st century morality tale
One of my favourite books. The originality of story, the extraordinarily unusual characters coupled with the depth of insight into the human condition are breathtaking and a reading that deserves an Oscar. I didn't want it to end.
This is a fantastic book, beautifully written, clever and so brilliantly narrated, I feel at a loss now it's finished. You must listen to it !!!!
"A good heavy weight book"
This has been a long heavy weight book for me. Normally I read or listen to quick fire novels that fly from the start.
The detail in this book is rich and deep. It's a great book and I can highly recommend it. I will listen to this author again in the future. Highly enjoyable
I loved this book and really enjoyed the experience of listening to it as an audio book. The narrator brought the characters to life so well - I can still hear them even though I finished the book 2 weeks ago!
"so good and so long it becomes a part of you"
as a huge fan of the secret history but found the little friend a bit too meandering I was nervous about the goldfinch because if its length. but I needn't have worried. yes it's incredibly long but it's also so, so good. I don't know what to do now Theo is not in my life everyday!
ignore the reviews that say the main character is unlikeable but. it's true that his best friend Boris is extremely likeable and the reader portrays all the characters brilliantly. there's so much fluidity that you forget there's anything in between you and the story. almost like it's happening directly in your mind.
I enjoyed Zandra enormously and the whole time he is in Vegas is really special. I don't know what else to say other than if you want something so good that takes a long time to end then listen to this audio book!
"Plausible storyline, pulls at your heartstrings"
Not sure, the language is beautiful. Eloquent.
The classic; Jude the Obscure. Gripping and thrilling.
The accents, American, Russian, Polish, posh American ...
Thoroughly enjoyable audio. I could not be parted for long.
"Not much to add, you know it's brilliant"
Marvellous book, with some truly great literary characters (although the hero frustrates at every turn). A modern day Oliver Twist meets David Copperfield with Great Expectations.
"just couldn't get into it (sorry)"
I know this book is feted and I have listened to the whole thing to try and give it a chance. it is beautifully narrated and I can totally appreciate and respect the beauty of much of the descriptive narrative. But as a story designed to enthral, grip, excite, inspire, scare or shock me- it totally failed. I was bored throughout. Overly long descriptive passages merged together and I felt disconnected from the anti-hero and all his exploits. Not even the vibrant passages relating to the art interested me-it just left me totally bored and unable to appreciate the appeal. I love a good story but with this I could take it or leave it. I feel guilty writing this, I persevered to the end but would I recommend this book? Only if you want to fall asleep and learn about drugs. Beautifully narrated however.
It is beautifully narrated
Narration and production values
"Way too long!"
I loved the way Hoby was portrayed - he came across as very cosy and comforting. I hated the length of this book - no need and the story could have easily been told in half the time while still maintaining lots of good prose.
There is no ending - I wanted to know how it all worked out, but instead we got a bit of a preachy end I'm afraid. Very unsatisfying after hanging on in there for so many hours.
No - it was far too long. I started to enjoy it after about 2 hours, but by the time I got to 10-12 hours in, I was a bit bored. There is just too much unnecessary detail.
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