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)
I can't decide if I really enjoyed this book or not. The main character is such a tortured soul that if it wouldn't have been for the narrator, I think I would have given up. I don't think I could have read it in print. David Pittu brought each character to life in unique ways without strain or off-putting false voices. Very, very, well done.
The story did give me lots of moments of "what would I have done?" along the very tormented life of poor Theo. The characters were very real, rich and well developed, but so flawed and tortured or miserable, that it was hard to find any lightness or hope in the whole disturbing story. The fact that it still haunts me does say something...just not sure what. It certainly raises lots of discussion points for anyone's moral compass.
Yes, "hauntingly disturbing" would have to sum it up for me.
An extraordinarily far-reaching book, both in terms of its reach over time and its depth of human experience. Also, the reading/performance by David Pittu is phenomenal. He actually brings the individual characters to life. Wonderful.
Yes. A very engaging voice telling a most fascinating story.
Following Theo's journey from his childhood to a being fully realized adult.
He excelled in Russian accents, not so much others. Didn't particularly care for his female voices.
Made me cry at the end. Very beautiful.
I would have cut out about half of the book and give the characters some kind of end.
The length of the book, totally unnecessary.
When the boys were teenagers and doing all of the things teenagers do.
I would cut Pippa, she seems to be a slight distraction that goes nowhere
This book started strong and the dragged on for what seemed like eternity only to disappoint me n the end. Almost all of the characters are unlikeable and the story goes nowhere.
The voices and accents of characters
I have never read a book twice until The Goldfinch--I've read it twice, and will read a third time.
This book was like watching a colorful wall of drying paint. Though everything was artfully described word after word the book never really got to the point. A lot of drama and no point.
I am not sure... the main character was hard to be sympathetic to, just bad choice after bad choice.
Maybe- I didn't care for his character voices. His regular reading voice was fine. I think it is more that I hate the book then the performance.
So many to choose from. The list is to long.
I have to say I hated! This book it was depressing, and I kept thinking the plot is going to begin at anytime. It never really did. There were things I found interesting but not enough to recommend the book or ever want to give 32 hours of my life to it again. It was one depressing thing after another... drama, trama that followed the main character from childhood into adulthood. Most of all unbelievable in even though it was a work of fiction. I just wouldn't recommend to anyone to waste their time, unless they enjoy depressing books with no point.
I don't think it's better, but it's definitely not worse.
All the characters are just so real. No one in this story seems contrived. I related most closely to Theo. I connected with this character instantly from the first time I read the book. His life and mine have some similarities, as well as personalities. I LOVED this story.
Boris - he did a perfect Russian accent! I was nervous listening to this after first reading it because I didn't want my interpretation of the characters I loved so much to change. David Pittu did such an amazing job. His Boris was spot on!!....well all his characters were actually.
I couldn't even begin to imagine this amazing book by any other name.
I read this on Kindle for the first time and when I finished it, I read it again. I fell in love with it so much that I just had to have it in my hand. My daughter bought it for my birthday and I read the hardback. Then, I saw it on audiobooks and bought it that way too. Listened to it and fell in love all over again. No book has ever touched me the way this one has.
Removing the blah blah middle of the book
The middle was long and boring.
How could such a dynamic beginning lead to such a long story?
The book was wonderful from start to finish. I would highly recommend to anybody there were a lot of great story's involved in the main story.
Most of them! I have a long commute so I listen to a lot of audible books. This reader stands out in the best way. So many books I've purchase have been spoiled by a less-than-stellar performance in the reading, but next to a read-by-the author book, this one is one of the best! It can't be easy for a man to perform women's characters, and the voice of Kitsey was a bit funny, but overall one of the best audible performances I've heard.
This book is loooong, but it held my interest throughout. Many times I found myself not wanting to get out of the car yet so I could hear what happened next! But that made my commutes something to look forward to, which I am grateful for. A classically wonderful book and fantastic narration.
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