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)
The book is beautiful. The writing was great. I thought some parts carried on way too long, but I'm a simpleton used to less literary reads.
The real drawback was the narration. Granted, it's not an easy book for voices. Lots of accents, different ages, and both genders. But the voices the narrator used really made it tough for me to feel sympathetic to almost any of the characters. Most of the women sounded vapid and obnoxious. The foreign characters all sounded like Bad SNL characters. The main character's voice made him sound much more forlorn and teenager shy than necessary.
Recommend reading this one vs an audio book.
I was so hopeful this was going to be good. I think I read about it in NY times or something and was on hold for EVER at the library to get the book, so I decided to use credits here instead. The performance was awesome. I love how the speaker changed his voice and pronounced things with an accent, that part was great. The author did do a good job describing things and using lots of colorful and artistic means to tell the story and it got deep at the end, which gave it something so that's why it's 2 stars and not 1.... But it was really not a good book. I couldn't even describe it to my family in a way that sounded at all interesting. It did make me want to research if this picture actually exists, but I wouldn't recommend this book at all!
TERRIBLE, should be 1/3 the length. More metaphors than grains of sand on a beach. BOORING, slow, have no idea why anyone likes it. Probably will return it.
I cannot believe Davids ability to narrate so effectively the many voices in The Goldfinch. He is shockingly good! How he can transition from one voice to another is surely talent that few possess
See above. He makes the characters so much more real to the listener. A very difficult task he took on but performed fantastically
I don't understand why so many people criticize long novels. Don't you want to know the whole story? Do you believe that it is enough to just cite a few examples of severe drug use, for example, to fully understand the life of a junkie? I like to know the detailed bits that shape a character's persona. I don't think there is anything wrong with a long movie or novel as long as the director or novelist keeps their work interesting. Tartt clearly proves that she can do just that. I never felt that the story grew boring or monotonous as other critics have claimed. I believe the author was hugely successful at keeping her aging characters interesting. I felt that, unlike other critics, it was important to know how That said, I admit that I have read almost every Dickens and King novel ever printed.
Masterfully intertwined unforgetable characters with drama, intrigue and beautifully intense relationships all of which were the perfect ingredients for a dynamic and multilayered storyline covered in a sweet, just enough glaze of genuine inspirational "for your consideration" truth.
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