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 flows beautifully. Descriptive, detailed, it may seem like too much to some, but for me the book came alive.
Wonderful narrator. His character voices were amazing and his main narration voice was perfect, emphasis and inflection in all the right places.
Boris. I may not agree with all his views but I enjoyed him.
This book was okay. I listened to the whole thing...even the long sermon at the end about art. I wouldn't listen again.
Donna Tartt always gets rave reviews but I think she is over rated.
I really like the Russian friend, Boris I think. The narrator did a great job with him.
I actually downloaded a picture of the painting to take a close look at it.
This book would have been 100% more enjoyable if it was a third of the pages.
Maybe I'll read some again, just not this year.
David's characters where very well performed, I think Boris was my favourite.
Yes yes, many, i really enjoyed the many different characters, I felt like I understood them all well, I just found Theo a bit of a whinger
I'm glad I'm finished the book, anyone want my copy of the paperback?
I love historical fiction, but, in truth, I like ALL kinds of nonfiction! I enjoy books that take me "somewhere" or lets me learn something new. I listen to books whenever I am in the car or the sewing room. I require unabridged books...don't want a single word the author wrote removed from the story!
'Bought this one shortly after viewing the painting, The Goldfinch, at the High Museum in Atlanta. The painting was part of the visiting exhibit that included, Girl with the Pearl Earring. The painting was far superior to the book. The editor should have his/her backside kicked for allowing the over-verbiage of Ms. Tartt...parts of the book should have been edited to lesson tedium. I listened to the whole thing...every word, but it will not be a book I listen to again.
How I wish I felt that Theo had redeeming qualities...he sees his problem but he does not do anything about it. That is the hardest part to swallow...he just does not learn from past experiences. I guess that is very realistic; I have known people like that, but I do not enjoy listening to that type of story.
Mr. Pittu's reading of the book is excellent. I think HE is the reason I made it all the way through the book.
Improvements could easily have been made by succinct editing, less repetition of the "problems" Theo has. It would lessen the tedium of sections.
Hobie is my favorite character, along with Boris. Pittu's use of voice-character inflection was excellent for both. He also did a very good job of expressing Theo's hopelessness!
I wish I could think of a better title; it seems a shame to saddle that lovely, precious painting with such a story.
I have not read any of Tartt's other stories and I am not sure I will try. She does a wonderful job portraying hopelessness and weak personalities. I am so glad I have listened to this one instead of reading the hard-copy. I wish I had more positive things to say. To a point, I enjoyed it...but I had to make myself finish listening.
The boring first 50 pages
His performance was excellent. I could never have stuck with this book if I was reading it.
I looked up the painting & it's story.
I thought this book would appeal to an older teen (16 - 18).
I liked the background story about furniture restoration and the double dealing that goes on in the antiquities markets. If it hadn't been for that I might have quit listening. I kept wanting to tell Theo "enough already".
I loved Theo's relationship with his mother and her stimulating influence on his life. But when the boys got together there were enough F bombs to sink a naval fleet. I'm not sure the coarse chapters outweighed the thought provoking chapters for me.
Intellectually challenging - Donna Tartt does an outstanding job in keeping the audience thinking at various levels by giving vivid and alluring context to the thoughts and feelings of Theo from his childhood to adulthood.
Boris and Xandra were both favorites. I found myself laughing out loud at situations and conversations of both.
Definitely the personality of Boris - great job. I have a small group of friends and we share titles of great reads. I highly recommended this book but even more so the Audible version because of David's read, thinking primarily of how Boris was done as well as Xandra and Andy, not to mention Theo.
A must experience -
I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.
I'm a triller reader so this book was out of my genre. I enjoyed from beginning to end. I bought the hard cover for my 24 year old son who also thought it was well written and excellent story.
This was one of the most compelling books I've listened to. As much as I would have enjoyed reading it in print, I know the experience was greatly enhanced by the narrator's amazing ability to give each of the many characters a distinctive voice that created a vivid impression of their personality.
I don't think I could have imagined Boris or Hobie so clearly without it.
It was far too long for a single sitting.
It will take a second reading or listening to fully appreciate all the nuances of the story.
She feels she has to have massive amounts of prose at all times. Could have been half the length and been much better.
Still trying to get there. The book goes on forever. But, I am determined to finish, as I can't get the 30 hours of my life back.
He does a great job. But I think I can tell he gets anoyed with some of the writing also.
It is a kid with a drug problem, grows up with this stolen painting and running around europe looking for it. The endless descriptions and the ENDLESS flowery prose was killing me and the book.
Never buy another book from her again.
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