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)
Excellent reader! Made the story come alive! Though the story is long, Donna Tartt weaves the story with enough intrigue that you are always wanting more. The characters are rich and the flow of fate is quite intriguing.
Most reviewers assert that Tartt's story is an homage to Dickens and praise its borrowed from GREAT EXPECTATIONS plotline, which I understand and agree with. However, at several points in the story I was struck by a definite GATSBY quality to Tartt's writing. Theo Decker had a certain ethereal similarity to Nick Carraway in their roles as (very unreliable) narrators, and Tartt's language in many passages evoked Fitzgerald.
Many other reviewers were put off by David Pittus' narration, but I felt the Ukrainian accent of Boris and Hobie's deep, pendulous speech added depth.
Not recently have I read a book so engrossing that I'm still pondering and analyzing it weeks after I finished reading/listening to it.
The story is great, a page turner indeed, but I'm so glad that I listened to the audiobook. The narrator brings the characters to life, etching out the nuances with such specific inflections and tonalities, it's a pleasure to listen to and his performance is nothing short of brilliant. So they give awards for audiobook narration? If so, I nominate this narrator.
the performance was incredible, the story was droning and drab at best.
he was very emotionally invested in the story and he had voices for everyone which is nice.
i don't think that you could write a follow up to this story, that being said I absolutely do not think it needs any more book. what there already is is too much
very overrated. drawn out, could have been much shorter and more effective, possibly then more enjoyable. the best and only good thing about this book was the narrator. the story was not good.
The story was interesting and human and gut wrenching, especially in the first third of the book (reading as a mother). I don't love this narrator. But, perhaps I'm just spoiled from listening to too much of Humphrey Bower. A solid book that you'll enjoy.
I listened to about 2 hours of it and abandoned it. A very close friend and fellow reader hadn't liked it at all, and I wasn't really all that into it. About 2 weeks ago, I ran out of credits, so I decided to try it again. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed it. Glad I went back to it:)
Not only is the story itself fascinating, the characters real and love able but the message of the book warmed my soul and gave peace as a human in a world of turmoil
This was certainly a compelling story, and the characters were well drawn. I spent the first half of the book worried about the lead character in his traumatic childhood. The bad decisions he made were attributable to his youth. Caring about the character is a good thing, surely. But once he reached adulthood, I couldn't help being angry that despite his reversal of fortune, he continued to make disastrous decisions. I kept waiting for him to come to his senses, and listening to his constant ruminations, I kept thinking this shift was just about to happen. Instead the author indulged in long philosophical soliloquies by each of the major characters, until frankly, I didn't care anymore what happened to him.
Had there been a decent editor on the job, this book would have been shorter by at least 1/3. There was a lot to like here, but the reader must patiently wade through a wilderness of self-indulgent babbling to find it.
Narration was superb. A gifted linguistic intonation is used throughout. The balance between storyline and state of mind is perfect, a sort of Catcher in the Rye angst coupled with suspense with constant elements of surprise.
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