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)
If you like 19th century realism, with it's emphasis on description and emotions, this is it, only contemporary. I enjoyed it.
This book was relatable to me from every angle. The narrator's well versed accents and character voices gave the listening experience a movie-like quality. The plot was extremely well thought out from beggining to end and (while not overly descriptive) had a Charles Dickens feel to it as well as a sharp sense of accuracy in every scenario described. This is the first nonfiction work I've been able to complete and fully enjoy since I was young. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone I know.
The story was just not very gripping and found it boring
It was very slow going and hard to get into
It was the material not the performance
I read this book over tge summer and enjoyed it. I then checked out the audio book out of curiosity and the narrator got me hooked. I still can't get over how well he switched from Theo to Kitsey to Boris to Hobie. Just amazing - gives tge story a whole new feeling.
Very well written and engaging characters. Believable. I enjoyed it very much, and the characters stick with you. It is a long book, which I also liked, as I have a very long commute to work each day and listened to the audio version.
I understand the need to describe something in detail, but taking an entire page, with multiple analogies, is highly unnecessary. It's as if the author thinks a reader will understand only one of the descriptions, as another will only understand a different description. This constant over-explaining starts to fee as of the author sees us as idiots who need multiple explanations.
That said, the performance of the narrator on the audible version is excellent! He was able to really separate the characters through his voice. His moments of pause, comedic reactions, as well as his tragic reactions, were on point.
Overall, the story itself is beautiful and multi-layered. I have high expectations of a book that has been widely celebrated. It met some of these expectations, but the length could be about 100-200 pages less, and still come out as a beautiful, prize-winning novel.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It had elements that might have been depressing, including a majorly traumatic event, characters with PTSD, depression and substance abuse. I’m not exactly sure why, but I actually found the book to be uplifting. Perhaps it’s because I listened to the audio version. David Pittu did an excellent job of narrating. The story was told in first person and it seemed like the character was talking right to the listeners. Most importantly, I think that it was the way Tartt told the story. There was simplicity to her telling, not giving too much detail or dwelling on the negativity. The action kept moving. The characters, their emotions and reactions were real. Art and antiques flowed throughout the story. I’m glad that I picked up the Audible.com edition when it was on sale, but it would be a great listen at full price.
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