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)
This book presented the dark side of life. Was way to wordy and over written. The last few chapters could be skipped without missing any meaning lost. Too much death and dying for a pre-teen here. The relationship between Boris and the boy is plausible but all the behavior mentioned by Boris seemed gratatudious for the reader
This book was amazing! I never thought I would sit at home and listen to a book, for fear I'd fall asleep. I always listen to my Audible collections in my car, but this book I could not "put down"! The storyline was absolutely phenomenal, I mean I did get sooo frustrated with Theo at different points - times when he needed to speak up and didn't, or the times he spoke up and was just sounded stupid, LOL! But I realize a lot of it was his youth, and the only thing I desired was knowledge of his age at different transitions. However, I have not been so engaged in a story in a very long time and have been recommending this book to everyone! You will never know the twists and turns that are coming, this is unlike any common "coming of age" story you have ever encountered. Oh, and one more thing, I would absolutely recommend this book on Audible, the narrator is exceptional and his accents and dialects are perfection! You will absolutely not get the same effect buying the physical book. Hate that the story is over, would love a Part II!! Enjoy!!!!!
The narration was really what contributed to my never finishing this book. I honestly could not get into the story enough because it seemed to be dragged on and on by the narrator's indifferent and monotone voice.
being present. characters that frighten your inner senses. I hihly reccommend grat gift for most readers
First, David Pittu's narration is unbelievably good. I'm not surprised he's an award winner. I don't think I'd have enjoyed the characters so much in this audible version without his talents. Specifically, Boris.
Second, I love long, winding stories in general. I'm a patient reader. But with this, I really did not think about how long it was and did not have to be patient waiting for something to happen. There was always something happening. Not necessarily action, which is welcome to me.
The long drawn out scenes of drug use and drinking, I feel were meant to make the reader get the full measure of what that time in Theo's life was like. I hated those scenes because they made me uncomfortable, but the fact that they made me feel that way is a testament to how well they were written.
It's not enough to just read the words or hear the narrator read them to you if you aren't feeling anything about what is happening.
This book put me right in it. Everywhere Theo went, I felt there.
I have the hard copy too and can't wait to physically read it now with David Pittu's voices in my head applied to each character.
This is a wonderful book with a great audio rendition. The story is long but never seems so. I wanted it to go on forever.
The emotional honesty of the author was impressive. Not all of life's stories end happily.
Mr. Pittu gives an outstanding performance of this book. It is one of the best I have heard from hundreds of audio books.
This book is far too complex and honest to make into a film. Don't do it. If someone does, don't see it. Read or listen to the book.
It literally took me months to complete listening to this book. But that was mostly because I was simultaneously listening to so many other beautiful books: "100 Years of Solitude", "Justine", "Season of the Witch", "Americanah"' many more... But The Goldfinch was well worth the investment of time. So many little literary gems and original prosaic descriptions. "Coincidence is God's way of staying anonymous", for example, one of Donna Tarrt's well-wrought insights into art and life. I can see why the book has been so popular, and even why intellectuals resist its popularity, but for me the book was not only narratively compelling , but also enlightening and thought-provoking, dark and beautiful. Theo was an unhappy, unlucky, yet totally sympathetic character, who suffered and erred on the side of the criminal, and yet that's what made him so appealing - because although he could have perhaps turned out otherwise, it was instead his fate and his self-acceptance that elevated the book beyond being just a page turner, and turned it, instead, into the metaphor of the painted Goldfinch itself, into art, where meaning and magic are elusive, yet eternally intertwined.
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