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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"One of my favourite books ever"
As in my headline this is one of my favourite ever books
Who won't love the flawed genius of Theo's best friend, Boris
David Pittu's performance brought the characters luminously alive for me. I can only fault one little thing - I just wish he'd mixed a wash of Australian into Boris' accent. It is a tricky call though, australo/russian!
Most of the end I was in tears. The bitter poignancy of the two contrasting ways that Theo and Boris handled life, Thanatos v. Eros. And I was so sorry to get to the end of the book and have to leave them behind.
I've seen reviews that criticise the length of the book but I disagree. Donna Tartt's rich detail is part of what I love. I was never bored, I've listened to it twice and no doubt will go back there again.
"Quietly endearing but weak ending"
No need to listen again. A beautifully told story but not compelling enough for a second listen
His characterisation was superb, the voices didn't jar at all and made the story come alive
No! It was over 30 hours long!
The ending was self serving and meandering, but before that the plot was interesting
"Beautiful prose, wonderful narration"
Yes - but only to certain friends. This book will not be for anyone who only enjoys a light read. It's a commitment, reading a book like this.
In particular his charaterisations of Hobie and Boris really bring them to life. Amazing narration.
One boy's struggle to find his way in life
"Another good Donna Tartt"
A very long book which I nearly have up on in the early chapters but the story comes together in a very interesting way. Great characters!
A beautiful Novel that only comes around once a Decade.
Read it, you'll be drawn in.
The characterisation is fantastic, you would think there were several different narrators
If it were physically possible yes
Dark, very very dark. Fascinating read but don't expect to many laughs or a heart warming read.
"Engaging and satisfying, a little slow"
Great for long journeys in the car - can drift a little and still follow everything that's happening. The narrator is excellent and the story complete and satisfying. Favourite character is Hobie, hands down ☺️
"Rather depressing story, Amazing narrator!!!"
This book was recommended by a friend. Personally, I found the story very depressing.. But the narration was so amazing! David Pittu brought all the characters to life. If it wasn't for the narration, I am not sure if I would have finished this book..
Wonderful book - incredibly strong narrative, intelligent and compelling. Will go on my top ten list.
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