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)
Yes. I tried several times to read the print edition. This audio edition was perfect.
Character development, getting a glimpse at worlds unfamiliar.
Boris in his full Boris-ness. Pittu's Boris is endearing, revolting and above all, charming. Perfectly voiced.
Predictable yet refreshingly unpredictable. A great first dip into the world of audiobooks.
The reading was excellent, but I had to stop several times because the descriptions of even the smallest, most insignificant things were constantly and repeated described as being "like" something else. For example, the darkness was like the ink at the bottom of an inkwell in an unlighted basement at midnight. The main character was constantly becoming disjointed, disembodied, in a haze, or some such thing. Some of this would be fine, but these things were so pervasive that they quickly distracted from the story, and, for a while, I didn't think that I would continue. In the end, I slogged through and found that it was an OK story.I tend to get quite a few longer listens, but this one could have been improved by eliminating some of the verbal wordplay and maybe cutting the listening time in half.
Although it could drag on at times, it was a great story with an original plot and interesting characters. Although a very unique story, we can all relate to the overall tee:we are all dealt cards in lif, maybe by chance, maybe on purpose, but we must use them to see the beauty in life, no matter how terrible a hand we draw.
The narrator's voice seemed to capture Theo's character perfectly. Loved the character Boris, the story, and the philosophical comments and questions of the author.
I did not like this book. I did not like the characters. I don't know why so many did like it,
I found it boring and way too long.
Sprawling and beautiful, this book will change your perspective on several aspects of the journey we call life. Tartt is an incredible writer, and Pittu is second to none in his performance. Well worth the time you'll invest.
Time wasted. It could have been half as long. The characters were unlikable and the story was not interesting to me.
No I did not like the story.
His performnce was good. His characters were clear.
OH GOD NO
I would change the entire story line. This book lacks a believable basis, and takes itself too seriously with lengthy paragraphs and pages describing the perceptions and feelings of a strung-out junkie. Realistically, no one sits around having those kinds of thoughts.
I enjoyed the scenes with Boris and Theo in Las Vegas getting drunk and watching movies.
Not read anything else by Donna Tartt.
This book is massively overrated.
Love listening to non-fiction & fiction if the story is exciting.Favorite narrator: Simon Vance! Also loved The Goldfinch!
Yes! The narrator was so talented, such a diverse repertoire, a joy to hear!
Theo, of course. He survived, although scarred, I feel an affinity to him. I also grew to love Boris with his quirky ways & unconditional love for Theo.
The ones with Theo missing & recalling Pipa with her unusual & wonderful looks.
No, it's too long, but I did look forward to daily sessions & was a little sad it had to end.
I rarely listen to fiction, but this one really appealed to me because it encompassed art history, antiques & many mentions of real life familiar places. The characters came alive for me through the excellent narration.
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