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)
Overlong and incredibly tedious, The Goldfinch certainly has the bones of a captivating story. Unfortunately, those bones are so overwhelmed with blubber that I had to fight through to finish it.
The main character, who is telling this 700+ page story, is lacking any distinguishing personality traits, save melancholic narcissism. Nothing remotely humorous happens to anyone at any point in Theo's life. And despite his keen interest in unique and beautiful things, the descriptions in this novel are as basic as any in a juvenile fiction novel. You never actually FEEL anything Theo is meant to feel. You just have him telling you that he feels something.
Also, the sad attempt to put a bow on this beast in the final pages comes across as a flimsy
patch job. I think she wanted to write 7 different stories so she smeared enough lard on all them to make one giant blob.
It's not worth the time. Wait for the movie, it'll just hit the high points and you won't want to rip your hair out from boredom.
The story is intriguing but it felt like there were so many long scenes detailing Theos drug use and how he felt while on drugs that everytime in the story he took drugs I was in for an excruciating 5 -10 minute of boring story line. Seriously some parts got so boring and I'd forward through. Also the introspective and artistic interpretation of art works was exhausting and probably too deep for an average reader. An art lover who likes to dissect works of art and why an artist painted what he painted and what was the message he was trying to portray could appreciate all the art babble but I just glazed over during this part and didn't feel connected to that portion of the story line . The performer was great .
Just stopped by library to pick up print version of this one, gotta figure out whether narrator (Theo Decker) was actually written as such an annoying character as this telling of story came off.
The Goldfinch has its good points and bad points, but the narration was terrific. The book is long and the ending is not that great, but overall I enjoyed listening to it and am glad I invested 35 hours in it. Some people will be turned off by the morally/ethically challenged behaviors, I'm sure, and even for me it got a little much to hear about over and over again. However, I enjoyed the internal discussions Theo had about some of his failings. The story is complex and the denouement was satisfying, and mostly I read for plot and not message so overall I would recommend this book, and especially the audiobook.
I really wanted to like this book. It started out really well and then just got more and more depressing. I kept reading thinking it would be resolved. Nope. Depressing ending, and a book filled with drug abuse, terrible parenting, f-words, stealing and murder to name a few left much to be desired.
The performance was good, just a story not worth reading.
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The Goldfinch is one of those rare books that makes me wish I could turn back time so I could experience it again for the very first time. Epic in both narrative scope and in length, it’s a heartbreaking and gripping coming-of-age story that is simply destined to become a modern classic. Narrator David Pittu takes on the mammoth task of voicing Tartt’s captivating characters over years of growth, regression, and change – and in the process, he creates a beautiful, familiar kinship with each character that resonates with the listener long after the final chapter.
I liked the depth of character development, the vivid detail and storyline. The chapters describing the main character's suicidal suffering were too long, tedious and difficult to listen to
Well worth the investment of listening time. Rich with luxurious detail, characters that you love to love and equally hate to love. Tragic and beautiful. Haunting like a rushed oil lanscape, vague and eerie but no less beautiful for it. The sense of history is palpable, the sense of time loose, a feather twisting, bending and swept away on the wind, neither knowing where exactly it has been nor exactly where it is going.
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