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 kept showing up on lists of books to read. I decided to give it a shot. It is long, but well done. You do get involved with the characters, especially in audio. I am now looking at additional books written by this author.
I wouldn't have chosen this book if Audible hadn't suggested it.... not really my kind of story plot. Thank God I did purchase it! I'm almost to the end now and I know I'll be so sad when it's over. This story has pulled me in to the point of thinking about it constantly in between times I can listen to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that enfolds you and makes you fall in love with it. I certainly have!
Like so many audiobooks, it forces you to take it more slowly and savor the good (or bad) writing. I would have liked it 3 hours shorter, but it was good fun
His female characters were awful in some earlier books--I had to stop listening to Marriage Plot because they were as whiny and untruthful as Jim Dale's Hermione in the Harry Potter books. Pittu redeems himself with a marvellous assortment of accents, characterizations, and understanding. He richly deserves his accolades for this.
I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.
I LOVED The Secret History so I bought this book on pre-order. It didn't disappoint...mostly. I don't say this lightly, because I check how long a book is before I buy it; I love long books BUT this one could have lost a few chapters near the end.
Donna Tartt's story and style speak for themselves. David Pittu's reading, while not melodramatic, does not allow the prose emerge on its own.
No one that I know
Not if she drawns her story into unending relentless manolags of useless pessimistic phylosophies
The one about the Romanian fortune teller
It took all the will power I could master to liten to the book to the end.
It was amazingly written and told. I loved the complexity of the charactors
loved the accents, loved the expression, i looked up other books that he does just so i can hear them in his voice.
Probbly the best book I've read in a very long time - and I was dragging my feet to get started reading it! I don't regret making myself give it a try!
Just did not want to put this book down. It started slowly but gained momentum. Lots of descriptive detail. Great narrator.
I heard so much rave reviews about this book, and yet when I began I found myself struggling to decide to stay with it or not. After the initial excitement in the start, the story follows along at great length with various stages of life the main character finds himself in. I sometimes found myself wanting the story to hurry along, bored with the current section I might be in. It was quite involved in the world of stolen art, of which I had no idea went on. It definitely picked up towards the end and I HAD to stay with it now to find out what would happen. I'm glad I finished it, ended up enjoying it, but might be hesitant to refer it to my friends.
I will let the hundreds of other reviews speak to the book itself. I want to review the narration by David Pittu, which is superb. His pacing, his slightly gravelly voice, and his consistent and spot-on handling of dialogue are outstanding. I've been listening to audio books for over twenty years, and this is one of the best performances I've heard.
OK, two comments about the book itself: good but not great. A great book would have eliminated the final thirty minutes or so of moralizing and let the listener draw her own conclusions about the deeper meanings. And as many other reviewers have commented, shorter would have been better.
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