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)
This has been the most amazing experience. A beautiful intricate story. Exquisite narration that made it impossible to stop listening to. Being quite a long story, it gives you more time to form attachments to the characters which causes a true sadness when it's over. Treat yourself to this one.
difficulty following story line. narration good. struggled to finish. had to keep referring back to find connection.
...I love listening!
In the beginning I had trouble getting into the story. The story got more interesting as I got further in. By the middle, I was very into the story and I couldn't stop listening. I loved the relationships between the people in this book, and it was filled with surprises.
The narrator did a great job with the characters. David Pittu is one of the best narrators I have heard. Although his accents may not always be "accurate" to the character they were never distracting or annoying. I find accents can easily be either or both. He did a great job conveying the emotions of the main protagonist.
I thought tha this book was very well written, the author kept my mind occupied pretty much from the beginning till the end. I thought the narrator was excellent. He had an amazing ability to copy many different accents especially a Russian accent. I highly recommend this as an excellent read; it is somewhat long and the author waffles on at times where it could've been cut a little shorter. Apart from that it's excellent.
Donny Tarlton draws memorable characters that stay with the reader long after the memory of plot details fade. She is a master of character driven plot and always thrilling to read until the end. She has a very hard time trusting in the readers own intelligence and powers of interpretation. This book, like previous naratives, spends far too long concluding and summing up the moral and philosophical lessons the main character learned, with absolutely no subtleties or room for the reader to draw their own conclusions.
Not only is The Goldfinch the is best book I've read, the narrator is truly amazing!! Loved loved loved!!!!
It held my interest for days, but the ending was much too long and boring.
He made it come to life.
No I got discouraged, especially in Amsterdam. It took to long for his friend to get back.
I felt the author went overboard with the overly descriptive environments which made the book hard to get into in the beginning but once things picked up I was truly interested in the story. I never really liked Theo, not because of the drugs, more for his selfishness. The performance was to notch, well narrated!
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