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.
Compelling, thought provoking, wonderful characters and left me contemplating my relationship to art, objects and life.
"great story well narrated"
I'm a fan of Donna Tartt's writing and this story was as good as others I've read. well done!
The whole thing was beautifully written. One of the most standout parts for me was Tartt's ability to write of Theo's time in Nevada in such a way that you feel right there in the desert with him.
I think this is my first by David Pittu, but his performance was outstanding. A very good character actor and narrator in one.
"Very Existentialist. Meaning of life & all that"
Incredible metaphor & prose. Incredible a woman writer can write so eloquently from a man's perspective. Bit too long; but I was still sad to finish it in the end. Very much a story for those who think deeply of & worry about " is there any personal meaning" to ones being alive? And when life is a struggle, lonely, painful is it worth fighting on? For what? That kind of genre. Could be a bit depressing for those who experience that their affluence, success, or whatever still leaves a hollow that cannot be filled.
"Powerful and engaging"
Great reading from the narrator, interesting and very detailed story. A long but brilliant audio book.
"Needs SEVERE editting"
Interesting book, but sorely needed some severe editing. Too verbose, too much unnecessary detail, too many drugs, too many side stories. If the author had stuck to the story line I would have given it five stars, as it is, a generous four stars are awarded. The thirty two and a half hours of listening could very easily have been condensed into twenty hours and it would have been a riveting story, so very disappointing in that respect. The narrator was excellent and deserves a medal for managing to maintain an interesting oration through all the repeated emotions of the protagonist. The only side story that was missing, which would have been warranted (unless I dozed off during it, but I am not prepared to wade through it again in search of it) - who, what caused the initial explosion in the museum and were they ever brought to justice? There didn't appear to be any explanation of this??
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