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)
Wife,Mother 2 a amazing Daughter,& 4 legged furbabies,Retired Nurse,fighting aterminal illness called pulmonary hypertension!Fight 2 the end
First be sure you have time on your hands to read,such as a summer read.because the book will draw you in!
I understand the book was ten years in the works,which shows the dedication,passion for this read/listen.
The book gives you an all different view of each character. It's as if it's books with in the book, you have the good the bad and really really bad,even our good guy you wanted to cheer on,had his bad moments,the end of the book gave you a huge twist you did not see coming.
I believe book is over 800 pages so make the time, I read the book then Audio which I loved,the Russian side! The great relationship brotherhood through and through. Take a chance and do audio you will love it!❤️🎧📚
Started Depressing ended self help fiction, my own made up genre that I try never to read...must love art AND the show Intervention. I only like art and I hate Intervention
Busy full time student and part-time fitness instructor. I'm a sucker for lattes and wine.
The performance is excellent. The characters were very well portrayed, even with the complexity of all of them. The story is fantastic; very well written.
I love this story, but the narrator...horrible. He sounds like he is about to cry or like he is constipated. I cannot listen for very long because of how much anxiety I feel when listening to this man reading the book. I have to go many days between listening sessions because of how awful and uncomfortable the narrator makes me feel when he speaks. He would be good for reading poetry, but not prose. It is as if he were holding some uncomfortable awkward yoga pose while he speaks. Horrible narrator. I do not care for his inflections before pauses. Hard work listening to this.
Yes - Captivating story, fantastic narration by David Pittu.
There are lots of memorable moments, and I certainly don't want to give anything away. I like Tartt's 'brush strokes' of language. Her writing is as graceful as the painting at the heart of the story
Amazing voices... Russian accents, German accents, French, etc., switching flawlessly back and forth between characters. There's so much more information inflected when you hear a book that is read this well.
Boris sure seems like he'd be a blast to hang with for an evening.
I'm not generally a big reader/listener of novels. I usually prefer non-fiction, but this was a great ride!
This is among the best audiobooks I have listened to.
All of the characters are flawed and complex. All of them are struggling with internal and external forces, finding hope and meaning in different ways.
"We have art in order not to die from the truth" Nietzsche
a great read
I have been very lucky in my career to have a wide variety of experiences. Science teacher and technology director.
Very intense, Shows how life is based on chance. He was at the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time!
Overlong and incredibly tedious, The Goldfinch certainly has the bones of a captivating story. Unfortunately, those bones are so overwhelmed with blubber that I had to fight through to finish it.
The main character, who is telling this 700+ page story, is lacking any distinguishing personality traits, save melancholic narcissism. Nothing remotely humorous happens to anyone at any point in Theo's life. And despite his keen interest in unique and beautiful things, the descriptions in this novel are as basic as any in a juvenile fiction novel. You never actually FEEL anything Theo is meant to feel. You just have him telling you that he feels something.
Also, the sad attempt to put a bow on this beast in the final pages comes across as a flimsy
patch job. I think she wanted to write 7 different stories so she smeared enough lard on all them to make one giant blob.
It's not worth the time. Wait for the movie, it'll just hit the high points and you won't want to rip your hair out from boredom.
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