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)
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.
It's so sad when the narrator makes it so hard to enjoy this book, which by the way I am half way through and still don't really know what is going on.
If, when you start listening to this, you become bored with the art history stuff, just hang in there. It won't take long before it takes a turn that has you hanging on the edge of your seat.
I'm not really good at writing reviews so, usually, I don't. I just wanted to express that this book had me listening daily until it was finished. I loved the narrator who did a great job of using different voices for each character. The book was exciting and deeply meaningful. I loved it.
The author is very in tune with beauty in the form of art and music and has some interesting theories on life after death and the meaning of life in general. A drug a little through the areas of the book where descriptions of the drug-induced hallucinations were described but other than that I was able to follow along through the journey without getting bored.
This is a long and depressing book. From boyhood to manhood, his life never gets better. I felt there were long areas of the book that could have been left out. If I would have known how depressing this book would b I would have passed on it.
Great character development, story wasn't from the usual pattern, felt like I as there. It's a five plus. There are only a few other books that I can count on one hand that I gave that honor to.
This book is eloquent yet at times very depressing and dark. Well really the book is mostly dark. Strong character development and the language keeps you (at least partially) engaged. Way too long winded, but the narrater could not have been more perfect!
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