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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"Spoilt by narration"
I'd already read this a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was looking forward to listening to it on my daily commute. Unfortunately I found the narrators acting so hammy that I almost gave up. The first part of the book has so much unnecessary angst-ridden voice wavering that it ruins Tartt's tight, clipped and precise style. Her subtle humour is trampled all over. He calms down for other large patches but not entirely. It was enough to spoil it for me and I would have preferred Tartt's sparse narration, so effective in The Secret History. My first complaint as a long-term Audible listener.
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
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