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)
Great character development and story. The philosophizing could have used some serious editing. The 771 pages were not all essential.
This was a great story. Very compelling with different twists. I enjoyed the art history and important American restoration details. Very interesting.
Well narrated also. I was able to visualize the story settings and characters.
The Gold Finch is unlike any book I have ever read. Choosing to listen to this masterwork truly enhanced my enjoyment of the text. The line between right and wrong, love and hate, art and obscenity is so blurred in our lives that this story helps to illustrate the fragile nature of existence and reality. I am not sure what inspired this epic but I know it was likely a Devine inspiration. Thank Ms. Tarrt for forcing me to to stretch my mind and in turn touch my heart.
the story line had so much potential. the author got carried away with the details of how the main character thought. about half way in I had to up the speed to 1.5 to help speed up the boring details of what this kid/man was thinking.
from the 14 year old boys thoughts with a concussion, to the 16 year old boys drug induced thoughts, to the 24 year old man's thoughts on drugs, women, and friendships; to the 25 year olds hour long fever thoughts, to the final morality spew at the end. I was so bored with how the main character thought and was hoping something would actually happen.
the narrator was pretty good.
Would recommend this to any adult, say 18+, as it can deal with some heavy and dark subject matter (heavy prescription and illegal drug use, Depression and Suicide, some minor violence. Just some dark themes within some characters. Narration is not the word to be used to describe the Masterful Character Acting that "Reader/Narrator" employs here. I really can't say enough of his skills, you'll just have take my word for it. Or better yet, download this Audible Book and listen for yourself. As for a favorite moment in the novel, there are so many, and to choose right now as Audible is asking for my review just as I finished the Book, I just can't off the top of my head. Besides, who wants to hear a "spoiler" in a review. My advice is downloading this Book by Audible, with this "Narrator" is well worth the investment. If you like fiction that will completely consume you into it, that is.
Mom of Twins
I'm glad I listened. Great narration.
The characters were not believable. Extreme drug use but still able to break an international art theft ring.
The narrator did Them all well. Boris was the best.
I'm sure every reader has had this feeling ... a sense of some desolation and something 'missing' when you finish a really great book. This is how I felt after The Goldfinch. I felt like it started out slowly, and after a few hours, I couldn't stop listening. It is a fascinating story with some beautifully vibrant characters. By the time Theo leaves the museum, he becomes strapped into a rollercoaster of experiences, meeting a wide range of characters from rich and vapid to troubled and intense. Those characters come to life quite beautifully, and the narrator does a great job of playing out the story, with accents and inflection that adds to the telling. I am finding myself wondering what Theo (main character), Kitzie,
Hobey, Pippa and Boris are doing NOW, and I'd love to read a sequel. Heart tugging moments, moments of nail-biting (yikes!) worry, U.S. and foreign travels, and characters young and old, dissipated., sinister or noble continue to develop in surprising ways throughout the story.
i think Donna Tartt has been inspired by the Austen novels. Some of the characters' reflections and inner dialogue reminds me of the journals of Anais Nin.
He is a superb narrator! I loved them all, but he did Boris so beautifully - accent, pacing - all of it!
Hobey for his love of food and for an elder's wise life perspectives, Boris because he's always starving and eats SO appreciatively and converses so animatedly and Theo because I'd love to hear what he's doing now given all his life experiences.
I'm so sad it's over --well done!
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