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 Goldfinch" is a beautifully written, entrancing narrative that takes its time to unfold. It is not driven by plot. It is not a "what's gonna happen next" page turner. Rather, my experience was one of being captive on a boat on a river without a paddle. No choice but to follow along and witness this sometimes beautiful, often painful, sad, always-heart-felt journey downstream: praying I didn't end up on the rocks. Could fate really be that cruel?
This book is masterfully crafted and georgeously written. Drew me in at once and made me "want" so much for all the characters.
David Pittu does an excellent job narrating and pacing the story and voicing the major characters with distinctive personalities.
Not an editor in sight on this one. The beginning quarter of this book moves mind numbingly slow. But then oh boy then, the author decides to introduce us to Boris one of the greatest characters in recent memory, read expertly I might add, without the narration he might not have been so enjoyable.
The end was preachy but spot on, don't let it irritate you take from it what you will. All in all glad I lsitened might be over rated.
The story is wonderfully written and the narration is beautiful. I've listened to this book over and over again and it never fails to inspire me with its heartbreaking but rewarding story of love and friendship.
Boris is such a breath of fresh air juxtaposed to Theo's darker character. This book is amazing and all the characters are crafted carefully and beautifully, Mr. Pittu made an excellent job voicing all of them. I specially loved Boris!
The book was intriguing enough, but the story was left kind of untold. The end dragged on in a heady, esoteric manner that was frustrating and incomplete.
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