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)
Reading with no hands!
I waited for this tale to settle and make its mark on me. A weighty tome with more than thirty-two Audible hours, there was a lot to digest.
Quite simply, this was an epic attempt to show us the unpredictability and wonder of life. Alternately marvelous and menacing, we watch how a singular event has a ripple effect.
A young boy, the apple of his mother's eye, shares his journey as it results from a tragic and traumatic nomen in his youth. Stretching from New York to Las Vegas to Russia and Denmark, this saga forces us to consider where we'd align our choices with his and where we think we'd diverge.
A large cast of secondary characters add suspense, humor, heartbreak and redemption. The narrator Pittu handles the diverse crew ably. In a story this long, he never failed to present the right tone, tempo and timbre.
The Goldfinch will stand the test of time. I'll not be surprised to hear my future grandchildren complaining about having to read it in their high school English class, trying to secure the Cliff Notes in order to avoid reading such a long book.
It's erudite and literary. It's luminous and deep. It shimmers like the painting at the story's core!
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Not quite sure what all the raving was about. Maybe I'm just not erudite enough...but there were an awfully lot of words coming from this whining kid, when half of them would have been sufficed.
Theo is supposed to be highly intelligent and sometimes you see that but, he is really slow on the "uptake". There were times I wanted to knock him in the head myself.....
I had to get halfway into the book, and I wanted to put it down several times, before it got interesting. Just too many words to say so little. Just a lot his rambling self indulgent thoughts. The whole last chapter is a good example, but I stayed with it just to see if he got out of his mess... but that's not for me to tell
It would have been a great book if it was three times shorter. It is hard to express yourself laconically but all good authors at least try.
One of my all time favorite books. The author has a wonderful way of moving the story along. Many popular books use gimmicks to keep the reader engaged. Something shocking at the end of the chapter. I roll my eyes when I read books like that, and then I turn the page and keep reading almost by force. I couldn't stop reading this book for the simple fact that I new the next page was going to be as wonderfully written as the one before, and filled with characters that I genuinely liked. Loved this book and it will be going on my "read it again" list.
That's it. I feel as if some of the story could of been cut out. Also Donna over explains everything. Most of the scenes with Boris are drawn out. So it makes the book some frustrating to get through. And you don't know why it's so long and detailed until the very end, which was even more annoying because if I had know in the beginning I wouldn't have let it bother me so much and I could of enjoyed the story even more. David Pittu on the other hand did an amazing job in the audio book!!! Wow!
Amazing book to listen to. Well deserving of the Pulitzer it received. I was spellbound throughout the thirty hours of this recording.
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