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 have been dreading the end of this book/recording. I loved everything about it and now I will miss it and David Pittu and all of his smartly rendered character voices, inflections and accents terribly. Especially Boris. Long Live Boris.
The Goldfinch is a wild ride and, in my judgement, destined to become a classic. Theo is no Greek hero, no Everyman, no David Copperfield - except he is. And The Goldfinch, the painting at the heart of this story: I won't risk spoiling another reader's experience, but I love that little bird!
In fact I love everything about this novel and have loved every moment of the audio edition, will buy the print edition and will most certainly listen again next year.
The reader did the writer proud, hitting Theo's voice spot on and lifting all the characters off the page, despite the difficulty of a male rendering female voices. Though I've reached the end of the book, surely the characters are still out there, still grappling with their lives, too real to be no more than ink on a page?
A book to relish and savour.
Rambling, aimless plot line. Too much internal narrative, just keep hanging on trying to see where this thing is going. No where.
70% of the book
The comraderie between the boys while in Las Vegas. Great realistic bantering between best friends!
Possibly, but there is such a plethora of descriptive and somewhat redundant material, I think it would easy to significantly trim down, and a well written screenplay little would be lost.
I found myself multiple times while listening to this book saying to my iPad-"alright already, move on ,get to the point, this is becoming painful" -but I powered through over about six weeks. ( usually I read in 1-2 days). Because my sister loved it! She read it twice!
How did she think up this story!? Audio was amazing with different voices for different characters al by narrator this was my first audio book, but not my last.
This story made me so uneasy, but I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written and better on audio. The reader brought so much texture and character to the characters. Some parts get very long - too much detail, but after I was into the book I appreciated every word - each sentence has a reason for being.
I've nothing new to say about this extraordinary novel that has not already been said but remain deeply impressed by the sprawl of this story and the diversity of its characters and settings all of which are beautifully rendered. The prose is painterly yet always natural, always assimilable and it illuminates worlds both known and unknown. This novel is so rich, so intricate, so inventive, so insightful and so deeply felt. Donna Tartt has perhaps the greatest ear for dialogue of any author, living or dead. As an audio book it is made all the better by an extremely gifted narrator in David Pittu who voices each one of these characters with the skills of a master actor in command of accents and nuance, a performer who understands the deepest aspects of this very deep novel. This production is a masterpiece I was very sorry to leave at its end.
Talent-full writing and reading kept me hooked- better than any movie! Now I know what the Pulitzer is all about!
I really enjoyed the first half or even two thirds with the voice of Theo the narrator as he suffers a loss and grows up. I found his adult days to start OK too. I'm afraid I found the plot then going to somewhat silly levels. Telling us at
the end what this all means to me is often a sign that the point has not gotten across through the novel itself.
That said, obviously I could never write such a book and this is quite an achievement. I liked one of the author's other books very much. And the performance of the narration was wonderful
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