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)
Am listening to Abundance now
Performance was OK...the performer doesn't do female voices well. Get a woman!!!
The scene where Theo is interacting with the old guy who's dying after the bombing in the art gallery. It goes on and on and on. Let the poor guy die, already.
Oh, yes! 30+ hours?? Was there no editor? Every thought, emotion, happening, etc. was recounted in great detail. Maybe Ms Tartt should read some Hemingway and get rid of some of the unnecessary stuff. Could we just hear the story? In her defense, I do think her writing is perceptive and many times very good....there's just too much of it. I've listened to 5 or 6 hours of this and decided to give it up and move on. She "digresses" many times from what 's happening now to what happened a long time ago, introduces new characters, etc., and I forget where we are and what we were discussing.
My interest was captivated all the way through and I loved the thoughtful ending, though also felt that it could be trimmed and polished a lot. There are unrealistic aspects to this book -- like perhaps nearly the entire thing -- and that prevented me from being fully a fan. I recommend it for sure and I won't forget this one.
I had heard so much about this book so I wanted to give it a shot. I haven't read or listened to any of Donna Tartt's other books. But this book wasn't for me. It was too long, the story was progressing too slowly and the main character was annoying. The best thing about the book was Boris.
It wasn't what I was hoping for.
No I don't think so. If this book was made into a movie it would have to be four hours long to manage to fit everything, and that would be one slow and boring movie.
Don't believe the hype. This book was not for me and I won't be reading any of Donna Tartt's other books.
The story was a good one.
Her first book, The Secret History, is masterful.
Excellent performance by David Pitt.
The author. I'd like to ask some questions. I'd also like to talk to the publisher and the editor to hear their side of the story.
The narration was well done. I didn't care for the story at all. I chose the book based on the positive reviews but feel I wasted hours of my life--of which I can not get back--listening to it.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
I honestly would not recommend this book to anyone. It took a really long time for me to get through. The story just drug on.
I have not listened to anything else by this author.
Good, depth, varied
No, I have no desire to find out what happened to the characters after the story ended.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
As I put in the headline, the narrator for this book is an absolute chameleon of a voice actor. His range of voices and accents is by far the best I've heard in any audiobook. The book is worth it just to listen to his mastery.
As far as the story goes, it is very well written with excellently fleshed out characters. The story of a young boy who hoards a valuable painting for years is realistic and tugs at your heart and soul as you listen to his journey. I could not give the story 5 stars however at it uses a terrorist attack on a New York landmark (overused yet?) and a very improbable meeting in New York between two main characters later on in the story. It's a small world, but not that small.
The book was well read and mostly interesting. The character Boris was just annoying though, and Theo's motivation in not just handing over the painting wasn't clear to me.
Beautifully written story
Theo - portrayed his dead pan personality exceptionally well. Hobie too was portrayed very well.
And its influence on a young boy's life journey
The style of writing was very detailed almost like painting. Every scene was full of scents, sounds, colors, and emotions putting you there and creating a scene before your very eyes.
When this book ended I spiraled into a deep depression that was only cured by strong whiskey and my insatiable desire to one day move to Iceland, meet a beautiful woman (I hear they are everywhere over there), father 4 children (Bjorn, Arnar, Magnus, and Hejda), and die in my cottage at the foot of the great Eyjafjallajokull.
This is a great book with fantastic characters, and the narration is incredible. I found myself listening to this for hours on end, completely immersing myself in the storyline. It is truly one of my favorite books of all time and I highly recommend it. Donna Tartt is a wonderful author, who in her previous works failed to impress me with her preferred style of constantly building up the plot line and then ending it abruptly; but, this book is not like the others. There is completion to it in my opinion and it makes for a great read or listen.
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