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)
It was well-written; the author clearly has skill, which is appreciated. But, the story spent a long time telling not so much. It could have been more compelling if shortened, and less extraneous details were included. After investing 30 hours listening, I felt let down in the end. I did speed up the reading to 1.5 times halfway through because I felt like I was just trying to get through it at that point.
I think this is a great book overall. Sure the details get a bit cumbersome at times but the author has a strategy and at the ending you will feel like you've gained something.
So long, so wordy!! And yet so vague- it was hard to understand what was really happening. It takes forever to get anywhere. I can't believe this book got such high review. I felt like I was listening to a story told by a 10 year old where she says "and then...., and then..., and then...."Sorry. Narrator did a fine job.
I can definitely see how this book earned a Pulitzer. It was very compelling and I was sad when the more than 30 hours of audio was drawing to a close.
Everything about this experience was perfection. The beautiful words and story were brought to life by a truly great narrator. Masterpieces like this are few and far between and I would recommend that anyone curious about this novel do themselves the pleasure of bringing it into your life. You will not regret it.
Such flowing descriptions, well formed characters, depth, meaning and truth all wrapped up in a fascinating story. The narration is extraordinary! My deep appreciation to both author and narrator for this wondrous journey.
I absolutely loved Boris! Such a great character! Really rough around the edges but truly a gold heart.
This was a very long listen but a great story. It started out slow and I was eagerly anticipating the many twists and turns but once it got going I really enjoyed it. The performance by David Pittu really brought the depth of Donna Tartt's characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this!
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