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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"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.
"slow burner but gets there in the end"
You need to persevere with it as after the initial bomb blast, the first half is very slow, but does build towards the end.
The main character is very believable.
I did like his accents, especially the Russian ones. He was able to bring the different characteristics to life, not just with the accent, but with the timbre and expression in his voice.
No! it's way too long, and I think you'd lose the will to live as there is a lot of drug taking throughout and the narrative meanders somewhat.
The end was a little hurried. I only gave it 5 stars as it left me a little deflated.
"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.
Loved every minute of this narration. Sad, true, beautiful. David Pittu does an amazing job in bringing Donna Tart's writing to even richest life. One of my favourite.
"Outstanding performance of a deeply moving, fascinating and creative narrative."
The central characters are so vivid. And the maternal loss at the centre of it all is realised with consummate skill. The author MUST surely have been through or been very close to a parental bereavement. By the same token their insight into drug and alcohol addiction suggests similar intimate knowledge. OR she's up there in a very exalted peer-group of authors who get imaginatively SO deeply into their characters' motivating issues that it amazes those of us who have lived and worked with these same issues, and gives us yet deeper insights.
Grand Chapeau to you Donna Tartt.
"All encompassing story"
The narrator embodied the main character and was great with other characters too. I enjoyed the gold finch a lot. Got to learn about Fabritus and Rembrandt and about the immortality of Arts and our love for it.
"Brilliant all round"
The recording was stellar and did the novel justice. Very well done indeed; I highly recommend.
Beautifully written, wonderfully narrated, thought provoking.
I don't often listen to a book twice but the second time was just as good.
"Not all that great"
Great narration, but book feels like an unedited 1st draft. Could have been half the size. Last half hour is incredibly self indulgent. In retrospect, wouldn't have started, but once I did felt obliged to finish.
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