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)
Such a dark book, the boy didn't seem to have a chance at ever being happy.
The performance was just wonderful.
A tortuous story I thought about "putting down" the entire time. I dont get why people think this is great literature. It's indulgent, drawn out, pretentious, but above all boring. The philosophical musings at the end are not worthy of a freshman philosophy student.
I did suffer through to the end, just to see. But I dont think it was worth it. If I had read it, I could have just skimmed to see if there was anything there there.
Couldn't get past the second chapter. No idea what the story was even about, or where it was going.
Kind of annoying.
This book was exceptional. Although it had a melancholy tone throughout most of the book, it was not a story that had me weeping devastated tears as some books can (and which I try to avoid). The author draws you in from the beginning, ties you emotionally and on a soul-deep level with the main character, and doesn't let go. I finished the book hours ago, and I'm still thinking about it. I feel as though I've left this character behind, like a troubled friend that I've known for years but now we must be separated. The narration was outstanding. It's certainly no surprise it won an Audie award. I highly recommend this book.
The Goldfinch is detailed and engaging. While there are a few inconsistencies in some ancillary details and some less than fluid transitions, the characters of Boris and "Potter" were endearing. Potter's coveting the Goldfinch as he wrestles with his conscience about having it and dealing with his mother's tragedy and his father's pathology are compelling and convincing. Tartt's use of classic culture and metaphor blend well with the woven and detailed modern story of a bevy of characters from all walks of life. Pittu's enactment of the characters' voices are rich with emotion. Hearing his rendition of Boris and Potter's conversations made them both as lovable as Huck and Tom. These characters remain with me and now that I am finished with the book; I find myself missing them and wondering how they are faring. I hope that Hobie will continue to inspire Potter to experience the moveable feast the world offers and that Tartt will continue to write contemporary classic stories.
This is probably the best book I've listened to in several years. The story is great and the prose is very beautiful. And the narration is absolutely exceptional. The narrator does a great job of representing the various voices and accents of a wide range of characters and each of the voices seems bang-on with the character.
The story moves a bit slowly, which some listeners may not appreciate, but I really liked the way it slowly stretched and unfolded. I've discussed this book with others and the one thing we all seem to agree on is that we don't know what the takeaway message is supposed to be. I don't understand why the author wrote this book or what I'm supposed to take from it. I think that's what I like best about this book.
This depends on how you're listening to it. I like my audiobooks to be the background noise on my life. I like that I could occasionally zone out of this book to, say, listen to the subway announcements. There are definitely moments that you can get lost because that section just needs to be edited. Overall, though, the storyline was good.
The friendship between Boris and Theo was well-done. I think I would have liked to have seen or heard a bit more from Hobey.
He did accents well and not overly ridiculous
If the genre is long, depressing and wordy then yes.
We discussed it at book club and there was a lot of meat for discussion, which was good.
The Goldfinch touches on human emotions with poignancy and accuracy. The story is moving and powerful. However, the reader, and I have listened to many Audible books with excellent readers, surpasses all others. He gave the characters a compelling depth. I found it difficult to stop listening and I found the reader's voice with the different characters playing in my mind.
The story seemed to drag aimlessly about 3 or 4 times. The attention to detail is well done, it is just overdone to the point of boredom those 3 or 4 times.
I liked the plot twists, and I liked the characters.
David Pittu's performance made the book interesting enough for me to continue listening. He did such a great job with the characters that I will probably look for books read by him in the future.
If this book was made into a movie I probably would not see it unless it had outstanding reviews.
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