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 kept waiting for something to happen but I was just following along on a sort of sad story with nothing to learn or get inspired by. A long waste of my time
the book is well written but I personally didn't like it. the sympathy for the main character doesn't last as the timeline progress and he becomes unlikeable. also, the main character indirectly drives the plot forward and story resolves almost by cheap coincidence. many characters are fleshed out, but have little or no impact on plot. the author does a great job writing from a male perspective. too much fluff, not enough substance for its length.
It has been 3 weeks since I finished the Goldfinch and I find myself still thinking of the characters in this book. A compelling plot, characters you care about deeply, and a philosophical underpinning make this book appealing on all levels. Tartt takes her time and language is key. It isn't always fast moving, but I find myself sad I finished it. Great performance by David Pittu.
A little like Middlesex in the protagonist's complexity.
Brought the characters to life.
Hoggie. I wish I knew him in real life.
It takes a while to get into but worth it.
I started learning to listen to books while travelling to and from work. Now I am addicted! I have become an avid reader through audible.
I liked the movement from a young age to an older age and how his personality really throughout. Interesting twists to the book also and it always felt interesting to move from chapter to chapter. Nice listen!
I loved this book. I felt completely immersed in its story and the continuous unexpected details throughout. The narration was terrific; definitely a big part of what wrapped me up in the story.
I am still shaking my head wondering what all the fuss was about. The writing was tedious and the story completely depressing. The ending was lame. Theodore Decker was a drug addict, a juvenile delinquent, a thief and a scoundrel. He was a slacker. He treated Hobie poorly. He treated Kitzie poorly. He was a complete mess. I never wanted him to get the picture back. I simply did not care enough about him. He should have died in a car wreck, like his father, whom he loathed. Antwerp would have been a good place for a fatal accident. And Boris should have married Pippa. To get to the end of the book one had to endure his clumsy attempts to change his life's arc to be different from or better than his father...He could see what he needed to do, but wasn't man enough to 'man up'. He wasn't even man enough to tell Pippa that he loved her. Who are we kidding about the symbolism of the ships and the sanctity of art?
I did not enjoy this book.
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