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)
Love the narrator, but this book kept my attention and I hated when my one hour commute was over! Not predictable at all. Very well written.
F or the first few hours of listening, it nearly put me to sleep as I was driving. Seriously. The story seemed to drag ; the narrator's voice was nearly monotone. However, once he met Hobie, I was completely hooked. The narrator did a great job speaking as Hobie and Boris and of course, Theo. I just finished listening to the story. ..... and I'm really going to miss Boris, lol.
This is the second time I've listened to the goldfinch. It one of those books that's like an friend. It makes no difference how long they are gone. Because when they are back it's as if they never left. This is the feeling I get from this book. In some ways it's better to read one book over and over and truly know it the. To fly through countless books and never get a sense of who they are. If I was stuck on an island and I could only bring one book I would take this one.
Yes- it was a great story of a young boy's life- I was a bit disappointed in the ending- but it still worked out OK
David did a fantastic job switching voices for the characters- I noticed one slip- but hey...
a good listen.
I was searching for more ties among the characters. Lack of that made it feel like many books in one. I felt lost at times. The imagery was excellent with skillful writing that painted the scene which made up for the segmented story line.
The story is wonderful. I didn't know how I was going to make it through it so I started speeding up the narration. Just a little bit at a time. 2x is comfortable for me.
Rather long and drawn out. Got a bit boring at times. Main character really pulled at your heart for all the sorry and circumstances he found himself in. Thought then ending broke down as to his fascination with the painting and its meaning. A little too preachy for the end.
Great storytelling, great writing, excellent performance. It'll keep you listening for days and nights but will leave you wanting still more.
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