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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"Best Listen of the Year"
I have just finished the Goldfinch and life can now get back to normal.
This is an utterly compelling listen with beautiful writing and a sensitive performance.
The novel deals with profound themes of love and loss and the nature of reality. It is also very engaging on a narrative level, with an exciting story with many unexpected twists and threads which weave together over the course of 32 mesmerising hours. Although very long, my interest never wained and the book never felt over long or too detailed. The sense of time and place is amazing and it is possible to become totally involved in the book and suspend disbelief entirely.
"Best book I ever listened to!"
There is not a word wrong, I was utterly sucked in, living the book, loving the characters with all my heart! It was a wonderful story, so moving and so many intriguing lines drawn concerning history, art, suffering, longing, families, belonging..... I get the dickens comparison but also though there was some jack kerouac in there.
Boris and Zandra. I loved the narrators accents, made me really fond of them.
I have never heard anything else but he was incredible. Perfect.
Yes! But it was a great long book to spread over a couple of weeks.
Overwhelmed with how fantastic this book and its performance is. So pleased to have experienced it.
"Far too slow moving for me."
I know loads of people adore this book and Donna Tartt fans will love it. However, I found the descriptions weighed down the book and took any pace and urgency out of it. The narrator went on constant mind meanders, thinking about this and thinking about that before he got to the point. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and the tension was set up well at the beginning of the book, but forward motion was so slow in terms of moving the plot forwards. I didn't particularly enjoy Tartt's writing, as in, I wasn't content to listen to her write and write about all sorts before she got to the point of her story, so I abandoned ship and didn't finish it.
"Excellent story but very very long"
The story was good but much too long. Tons of description so that you get weighed down by it.
A beautifully written and read book I couldn't stop listening and found the exploration of bereavement and loss genuine and moving
I loved this audiobook. It was the first time I have listened to fiction on Audible and I chose it because I wanted a long, involved story - something I could get immersed in. After reading lots of reviews I chose this and loved it. I've read both the Secret History (loved) and Little Friend (hated) so listened to the sample before choosing. I thought the narrator did a great job of all the different voices and accents. The plot was absorbing and I loved the protagonist as well as the characters Boris and Hoby. Would recommend this for anyone wanting a modern American novel set in New York with themes around love, death, art and copious amounts of drug-taking!
"thoroughly enjoyable book"
loved this story and the narrator. totally absorbing..not able to anticipate what was going to happen next. The narrator's character voices were chosen and delivered brilliantly contributing to my enjoyment of the story.
"Long winded at times"
No. The reviews were excellent, maybe I expected more.
I enjoyed the view into the world of antiques.
I found myself saying, I get it, move on now!
Narrator is excellent, 10 out of 10
Annoyed. I didn't like Theo, he was his fathers son!
"I nearly quit after an hour."
So glad I didn't, my life would be less wholesome. Second book I ever listened to and remains one of the finest to this day. The first couple of hours dragged, but after that I was swept away in this true epic. Fabulous.
Compelling, thought provoking, wonderful characters and left me contemplating my relationship to art, objects and life.
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