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)
No. It is too bloated with unnecessary wordiness. If it were edited down to half, it would be a much better read.
No - not unless she was able to have her writing edited down.
The reading of the book was very good.
A good story was lost amongst the over inflated, extraneous details that were reduntant and took away from the bits of good writing that did exist.
One of my all
Time favorites, up there with prayer for Owen meany, and last night in twisted river... Similar feel, young boy in difficult adventure... I love the subject of art and furniture how this play a solid role in the background and the dubious Russian boys influence. A great mix of characters
The last time I really enjoyed a novel like this was with Beautiful Ruins.
The poignant stories of the characters really pull you in. They feel real. No one is perfect no one is a bad guy. Even if characters are doing something "wrong" the way that it's written didn't make me feel angry or persuade me to dislike the character. It's all so beautifully written. I loved it.
I'm still wondering what I just listened to although I'm glad I finished. I feel depressed by his continual losses and like I'm hungover from all of the drinking and drugs, and yet I so enjoyed the language and the insight into the world of art and antiquities. I'm left thankful that my own family is stable and intact, but wondering if the characters ever figured out the meaning of life. I think the author still hasn't figured it out after being raised a NYC Catholic (just a guess).
I am intrigued enough to want to read the book in print in the future. Maybe I'll glean the insight I feel I'm missing, although I truly enjoyed the narrator's performance.
This book was simply not worth a 32 hour time of investment. While it is not a complete waste of prose, there are vastly better things to do with your time; or books to read.
From the beginning the book gripped me and I didn't want to stop listening.
I enjoyed Borys.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Goldfinch. David Pittu has amazing voices for all the characters. The story is really amazing and gives voice to damaged people who may never be mended.
"The Goldfinch" could easily be cut in half. I don't think the author left a single adjective unused, making a long, tedious listening experience.
I found the main character difficult to like, and I grew tired of listening to his self absorbed rantings.
The author seemed to have been trying to make a statement about life, tied in, of course, to the chained little bird of the painting, but it made little sense to me, just full of too many words.
The reader perform really well. I loved his many different voices, but it wasn't enough for a good recommend.
Tartt's character development is awesome. I know and see these people. Deep. Luck? Fate? What informs our decisions?
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