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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An excellent story that really draws you in.
The narration really brings the story to life.
"pity about the narrator"
Every female character either sounds like Marge Simpson or Linda from Bob's burgers gets very grating after a while.
This book has been a profound experience. It will be in my top ten reads now.
Loved it. Truthful, philosophical and poetic by turns. I didn't want it to end. Pittu's narration is generally good and brings the characters to life well
"Addictive, beautiful and gritty "
One of the best audio books I have listened to. Even though it is one of the longest ones, it was never boring, always satisfying and would leave me looking forward to the next time I could listen to it.
Wow, that was an intense story, very gripping however rather depressing; definitely not for someone looking for a cheerful easy listen!
"Take a Deep Breath, this is Epic!"
Excellent storytelling and brilliant characterisation. You will care very deeply about how things play out for all of the main protagonists. The narrator was consistent, entertaining and easy to listen to. The one and only very minor criticism might be that it's too long and there are spells where the story is almost completely forgotten about in favour of slightly over played descriptive narrative, but that's a very minor issues. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did and now it's finished I actually feel a sense of loss 😔
from start to finish, riveting
reader was brilliant.
and wildly enjoyable!
A review needs at least 20 words but I don't want to add any more, sorry. oh one more thing: David pittu is the most brilliant reader ever.
"Very cool book"
Loved it so much I was going to bed so late I couldn't stop listening. Very exciting story - I'm hoping they make a film
"Beautifully written but far too long."
I can't comment as I have not read a printed version.
The most interesting part is the relationship between lead character Theo, and his relationship with best friend Boris.
The least interesting is the length of some of the chapters in the book that don't seem to add anything additional to the storyline.
David Pittu is a fantastic narrator, I may have given up halfway through if I was reading the book. He adds to the tension of scenes and brings emotion to the more harrowing scenes. He even adds humour, I'm not sure I would have picked this up if I had been reading it.
There are some serious lie changing events that happen in the life of lead character Theo, without ruining it for those that have not read or listened emotional turmoil features fairly frequently.
This book is simply too long. Some of the chapters are unnecessary in my opinion. A beautifully descriptive, original story that drags on in many places. The start of the story is brilliant, I feel it loses steam towards the end.
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