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)
Retired teacher. I listen to audiobooks while driving. Sometimes they're so good, I continue listening while I'm cleaning or sewing.
I enjoyed how the characters had different voices. It was like listening to a movie. Great character development!
No, never, absolutely not, sharp stick in the eye would be better. I am not a professional literary critic and do not profess any related expertise except to kind of sort of know what I enjoyed. I suppose Ms. Tartt writes for the masses, to which I belong I guess, but I did not like it. If the masses liked it, ok, good for her. I severely did not like it. I wanted to stop listening so many, many times, but I am not a quitter. I can bear anything. This proves it. I should have quit. Now having finished listening I am ashamed of myself for wasting good listening time on The Goldfinch.
Let me count the ways....like the story (was there a story?), like it's repetitive, like it's boring, like it's repetitive, like it likes to likenesses of likes, like it's repetitive, and like finally it's like repetitive, in a like repetitive-like way.
I guess he will read anything if they pay him? Hi Mr. Pittu, I would truly like to hear (no pun) your opinion on The Goldfinch. I promise not to tell Donna.
Yes, I learned that the Pulitzer does not mean the work is good. The Goldfinch is not good, not to me at least. The Goldfinch is bad, plain and simply bad.
Hello, Ms. Tartt, I am charging you $320 for the 30 hours I wasted listening to The Goldfinch. I only deserve minimum wage for being so stupid as to believe the Pulitzer is always warranted. I am also charging you $6 million in emotional damages which I expect to see you have contributed to the University of Mississippi, perhaps convincing them to let you earn your AA degree once you have finished your GED.
A comment for Audible -- Gentle People of Audible, kindly revise your rating scale to provide negative numbers for such works as The Goldfinch -- Thanks
I thought it was a good book halfway in and then I realized it was a great book. truly haven't had a story reverberate my soul like this in about 10 years.
Beautifully written with details so easy to imagine. A very deep book with a lot of meaning, but it was the end that got me! A beautiful expression of life.
I never could finish this. It was so depressing and the lead character just kept repeating his behavior. I didn't expect a happy ending, just would like to have gotten there.
Well written, well drawn characters. But I regret spending two weeks (it's a long book) with alcoholic drug abusers.
Between Pittu's incentive and relatable
Portrayal of the characters and Tartt's captivating language, I found myself sucked into the world of the Goldfinch after the first 3 minutes. The story was always interesting, the characters came to life and I loved the tone of Pittu's voice narrating throughout. Highly recommend listening to this book over reading it!
The book is long but the narration and beautiful writing keeps you coming back for more.
I loved this book. The writing superb and the reading of it was even better! Wow. This was my 2nd listen and I was blown away again. Boris is one of the great fictional characters ever written...
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