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 touches on human emotions with poignancy and accuracy. The story is moving and powerful. However, the reader, and I have listened to many Audible books with excellent readers, surpasses all others. He gave the characters a compelling depth. I found it difficult to stop listening and I found the reader's voice with the different characters playing in my mind.
The story seemed to drag aimlessly about 3 or 4 times. The attention to detail is well done, it is just overdone to the point of boredom those 3 or 4 times.
I liked the plot twists, and I liked the characters.
David Pittu's performance made the book interesting enough for me to continue listening. He did such a great job with the characters that I will probably look for books read by him in the future.
If this book was made into a movie I probably would not see it unless it had outstanding reviews.
A great audible
Theo, so screwed up
I know some people thought the book was far to wordy but the audible version makes the superfluous text extraordinary.
David Pittu is a terrific reader. He becomes the characters and brings them to life flawlessly.
I have never read Donna Tartt before. She is amazing. She captures the human experience and the human emotion at such a base level and writes it so beautifully that the reader is captivated from the very beginning. The depth of feeling and the realness of the characters is breathtaking.
I believe that David Pittu could read the worst book ever written and make it at least enjoyable to listen to.
This book was perfect-and I loved it!!
I did not read the book just listened to it and have to say the performance is just outstanding. David Pittu does such a great job that I would look for books read by him and then check how good the book is. His intonations are just fantastic. You travel through him into the characters.
The whole story is handled with a great element of suspense that forces you to be connected. Main character and all of his "relatives" are just introduced in the best possible way. You can live through his day-to-day anxiety.
No I have not but as I said, I would look for books read by him and then check how good the book is.
Just an AMAZING book. I usually read/hear history or non-fiction. This was recommended by somebody and I cannot insist how pleased I am.
I usually will make myself compete any book that I purchase in hopes that if nothing else, it will improve my literary fund of knowledge. This is the first book that I have ever returned. It was hopelessly wordy and seemed to be headed for some dark inexorable ending. I wish that I had read more of the reviews.
One of the best, and definitely longest
The main character. I am female, but I appreciated the voice of a boy.
No, but I will order a book just for him
Being an artist I especially enjoyed the historical references. Unexpected humor popping up
One of the few books I am listening to again.
This was my first; it sets a dangerously high standard for any audiobooks to follow!
I was really struck by how absolutely alone he was, and what a shitty father he had. I was appalled by how little attention - or even food - he got while in Las Vegas. It was realistic in a very visceral way...
First one. Loved Boris and his accent - helped so much keeping the characters straight.
If you love your kids, make sure your will is up to date.
771 delicious pages!
I'd recommend with hesitation. The book was unnecessarily long and the ending seemed abruptly concluded. Too many very long passages of mental self-absorption.
Written because the author had to end the story and the book. Given the many long-drawn out soliloquies of the main character the ending seemed abrupt.
The description of the museum early in the book and Theo's effort to get back home to his mother's apartment.
Boris is a much more interesting character and one that the author didn't flesh out as much as Theo.
A story about a very self-absorbed character. He was difficult to identify or sympathize with.
The narrator was fabulous! Each character had his or her own voice and the accents were brilliant!
Being a better book. It was a BORE.
The narrator didn't need to change his voice so much to designate characters
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