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)
Really enjoyed the first half of the book but seemed to get more down and sad just kept hoping for some happy times. The reader is fabulous I think he is the best reader I've heard. I felt interested enough to continue and overall I didn't dislike the book.
David Pittu makes the characters come alive
Xandra... she's awful, but I can picture her so clearly, and the rendition of her voice is comical. I feel like everyone knows a version of her.
Can't pick. There are too many. It's like 4 books within one. This is the real way to write a book- not dragging it out into an unnecessary trilogy!
The last 5 minutes. Holy hell. I need that quote on beauty and art tattooed on my arm.
Life changing book. It takes a little bit to get into, but once you do....done! I'll forever recommend this book. so many great layers
I began reading the print version, but became so engrossed I got the audio so that I might continue while I worked or drove. I couldn't put it down. The parallels between early industrial Dickens and post modern idealism are striking. Donna Tart has certainly captured my attention.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I found this book difficult to enjoy. I am no stranger to sad books, or books with painful themes, but this was extreme.
It's a long novel, and the main character spirals lower and lower into self-destructive behavior. Hour after hour, I listened to Theo make bad choice after bad choice. I kept hoping for a major shift upwards. (I will not spoil the ending.)
One other pet peeve: I am intolerant of characters in books or life who THINK what they should say, but never give voice to the thought. ARRGGHH - that's Theo.
On the other hand, the narrator was fabulous, and the characters were very well drawn. I knew them well by the end, and will miss them.
I read this with my book club. It was 3 times as long as our usual monthly reads but well with the time. I was not sure if I should feel sympathy or disgust for Theo and Boris. The entire club loves it.
Remarkable set of words, well arranged in this amazing story, and beautifully narrated.
An amazing yet thoroughly definitive journey of life's misfortune and its opposing grandeur. Theo and his connection are in both a literal and abstract sense to the painting the Goldfinch is representative of the embodiment of his story and the grander scale of life.
I would highly recommend this book to anybody who breathes.
This is by far the most captivating, soul tugging book I have ever read/listened to.
It's performed by David Pittu, and he truly does a spectacular job of bringing each character to life and keeping the soul and integrity of each intact.
I'm about to start the book again
To say this book was underwhelming is an understatement. The beginning of the book started out fine, but then...it...went...on...and...on... After the first few chapters, I found myself caring less and less about what was to come until finally, when I realized this book was merely a litany of boring and mundane details about a meaningless character, I had to stop the torture. Frankly, it was several hours of my life wasted. Ugh.
Hard to get into the story
Hard to love the hero .....then
Hard to STOP listening
Hard to pause for "life"
And so beautiful it will be
Hard to forget.
I loved it......so sorry it ended.
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