Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction, 2014
The author of the classic best-sellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
©2013 Donna Tartt (P)2013 Hachette Audio
Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays 13-year-old orphan Theo Decker with compassion, portraying his growing maturity in this story of grief and suspense…Pittu adds pathos to his depiction of the troubled Theo as he deals with addiction and finds himself in a dance with gangsters and the art world's darker dealers. (AudioFile)
"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." (New York Times)
"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait." (Kirkus, Starred Review)
I could go on and on about what an extraordinary book this is, however, I will merely say that the writing, the story, the richness of the characters, combined with the utterly breathtaking performance, come together to create nothing short of a masterpiece. What an honor and a privilege it is to have experienced this audiobook. I am truly blown away.
The beginning of the book immediately got me hooked and I thought I would be in for a good story given it's got great reviews.
It was way too overwritten and it dragged on and on and on and on and on and on. I kept hoping that something big would happen but I had that feeling all the way til the very end of the book. I almost gave up finishing it but I was at the 6 hours left mark and thought I should but let me tell you that it was really painful to make it to the end.
The narrator did a great job.
Every scene could have been shorten by not obsessively describing every single tiny detail/feeling/scenario to death. The book could have easily been at least 6 hours shorter.
Don't bother if you're looking for something to keep you awake. I had to stop listening many times because it was simply too boring to keep my attention. 30 hours is a really long audio book and I kept stopping and wishing it would just end. I almost begged for it to end. It was really painful to make it to the end but since I spent a credit on it, I felt the need to just let it play while coming in and out of paying attention to the rambling.
Yes, I would listen again, but no time soon as this is a book that will stay with you for a while.
Hobie was my favorite character. Her very much remind me if Hagrid from the Harry Potter series
Boris. He is well developed character, always entertaining, and usually not associated with full stretches of the book.
Really good book, but long winded in numerous parts.
First 500 pages of the book are good, but last half of the book is when book gets to the can't put it down part.
Coming from a person who finishes EVERYTHING I start, it says a lot about the book if I didn't finish it. I am OCD about finishing things and really struggled with giving up on this book because of that. This book was so bad and so boring and even contrived that I just couldn't listen to one more word. I don't know if the narrator wad good or not because he didn't have much to work with. Take everything negative that can happen to a person and dump it on one boy then instead having him gain character from it, have him use drugs and alcohol as a Teenager to escape and make it sounds attractive and fun to become an addict. I literally hated this book and would not recommend wasting your time or money on it.
Having read reviews which referred to this book as "Dickension" perhaps I had "Great Expectations".
More probably the reviewers were saying "The Goldfinch" is Dickension in length. The novel's plot is very good and the characterizations were excellent. Compared to other books of this type, "The Goldfinch" deserves an excellent rating. I do agree with the reviews which say better editing could have made for a shorter, but no less compelling, story.
What bothers me most is that the author felt it was necessary to essentially explain the symbolism and theme of the book at the end. Good art does not need an explanation! Most of us are quite able to draw our own conclusions. In any case, its far better for one to be encouraged to think for one's self. From a practical perspective, how can literature students or book groups discuss a novel when the author has already told us what it means?
This narrator is awful. His "Puerto Rican" and "Asian" accents are so dumb and embarrassing. I thought I could suffer through it for the sake of the story because I generally try to finish everything I start. But the story is also incredibly boring. The only description that comes to mind is basic. I've never been able to accurately predict the next sentence so many times in a row.
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