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)
Favorites: Invention of Wings, Cutting for Stone, All the Light We Cannot See
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Theo. Complex and interesting character.
Confrontation with Boris
This book is multi leveled--there's more than meets the eye. I held out for a long time before reading it because I thought the sample was boring. But the acclaim of other readers finally persuaded me to read it.
a wonderful read. I travel an hour or so to work and actually looked forward to the drive because of audio. I would love to see it made into a movie. or perhaps a movie would not do it justice. the performer did an excellent piece of work. kudos all the way around. hated for it to end.
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
He was superb. Incredible tonation and variety of accents. Certainly a perfect Boris.
I was less than impressed until the irony of it all came together. Sometimes lots of bad does have to happen to allow a good to occur.. Irony and the simple incredible beauty of a painting to transcend space and time, and maybe give us a glimpse of our Creator, are what in the end, made this book worthwhile. Still not as good as the best John Irving or Charles Dickens, whom I am quite sure Ms. Tartt aspires to story tell like.
Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!
While the characters were compelling, and the story interesting, I just don't get what all the fuss was about. If I had been reading this instead of listening to it I'm not sure I would have made it all the way through.
As you might gather, I found the narration spectacular. The different men, the women, and the accents contributed to a truly engrossing listening experience, and I will definitely be looking for more books read by David Pittu. I'll give Donna Tart another try as well because I did enjoy the book, but I'm not sure I'll ever get why this one was on so many top 10 lists.
I think this story would have benefited from aggressive editing. It's also a psychologically dark story. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, it's just that it feels like it drags.
The narrator gives it his all, doing "voices" for all the different characters. I find this to be tiresome. I so often wish people would just read the story.
This brings me to a strong suggestion for Audible… Please provide examples in the sample listening of different gendered voices if the reader is acting the parts rather than just reading the story. It's distracting and annoying when the characters of the opposing sex to the narrator are read badly. Women narrators trying to stretch to lower registers and male narrators doing female characters with nasal voices is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It inserts something into the storyline, often stereotypical, that was not meant to be there by the author.
Through intimate character development and thrilling denuement, Tartt blurs the lines between truth and perception, joy and sorrow, hero and criminal, love and obsession.
Pittu's lilting voice provides depth and humor as he easily switches accents among the characters.
The Goldfinch is timeless.
Love it, a great story, and the narrator couldn't be better, the different voices, accents and emotions... a must read, or listen
No. Much as I loved how the reader made this book come alive, there were several times I thought "Why do I keep listening to this?" I found the main character was not compelling. There was light in the story when Hobie was involved, but those were brief moments. The author's writing is beautiful and her story telling was lovely, but the story itself, "Meh."
Really hard to describe the book or the story, but Reading it was the most profound experience for me- I am still trying to find a similar book that has this effect on me! Highly recommend it, but pls give it time, it is a long book!
The Russian friend
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