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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"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.
"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??
This is a four starrer rather than a five starrer. A bit too long, a bit too samey, a bit of a relief to get to the end. But enjoyable, often
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