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)
This could very well be the best Audible purchase I have ever made. Brilliantly written and masterfully narrated, this book is well deserving of all of the awards and accolades it has received.
What really worked for me was the second listening. Didn't realize how impatient and anxious I was the first time- I remember thinking "she uses too many words" when that scene in the museum just went on and on. But after some months went by, and wanting to explore again that idea of the really flawed protagonist, I went again and was highly rewarded.
David Pittu is an astonishing performer and his characters sounded effortless and genuine. Cannot help loving Boris of course, but wish that Hobie was available to me in my life...
What happens to a life, when Beauty possesses you?
The author, Tartt, develops interesting and flawed characters you care about, develops them masterfully, and tortures them in fascinating ways. Stellar writing.
The narrator of the audio version, David Pittu, is a matter actor who breathes life into the universe Tartt has created. Both of them have a new fan.
A story so deep, so real, beautiful and gripping I can still feel the characters around me. I can still hear their voices. It's one of those books that will change you and that will be with you forever.
The author can write, and it started string, but the story was very long winded and not that interesting. There was very little sense of an answer to the question of "Where is this going?" A depressed person talking about his depressing life.
If you can sit through it and don't mind being emotionally jarred it was a very interesting, but depressing, story about art and drugs and relationships. One thing that bothered me was that the author (writing from the point of view of her main character) described Boris very graphically and sexually, but insisted time and time again that there were not those feelings between the 'writer' and his friend.
If you're the type that likes to picture the scene the author makes sure that your picture is her intention exactly with no room for imagination. Sometimes her characters monologues ran on much longer than they would in real life, and much longer than my attention span.
David Pittu did a good job although his Russian accent leaked into the other nationalities.
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