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)
The best audiobook ever and one of the best books I've read. Even at around 33 hours I was sorry when the book ended. I loved it! The writing is exquisite but never pretentious with not a dull word. The descriptions of New York, Las Vegas, and Amsterdam made me feel I was there. Wonderfully drawn characters, mysteries and plot twists made it compelling and (mostly) enjoyable to keep reading (it wasn't exactly enjoyable feeling the despair the characters are mired in from time to time, but still compelling).
The narrator was absolutely fantastic, amazingly switching accents and tonalities of voice and gender from character to character, with each perfectly clear and different from the others.
So depressing; excessively long, especially since the plot doesn't make the length worthwhile. Although the writer does have descriptive ability, I still cannot believe this is considered a bestseller.
Yes. You can feel the main character's trauma induced anxiety and PTSD. The relationship the trauma has to art and in particular the Goldfinch is mesmerizing. This book pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. Rich characters and situations described with incredible use of prose.
I loved how he played his Russian friend. His accents were amazing. He is truly an artist!
In the hotel room when he reached the point where he could not stand his life any longer and concluded that he must finally act on what he felt so intensely about the Goldfinch being in the hands of the wrong people.
Great art history written in a loving and passionate way. There was an interesting exposure to a variety of elements in life with which one may not be familiar. Interesting characters.
Boris fun accent and big personality
Descriptions of the painting were so tender in the beginning of the book, and then again at the end. I was painting myself, as I listened.
I wanted the story to continue. Not that I felt it was incomplete, but I wanted to continue listening to more.
The performance by David Pittu was exceptional and I will look for his narration again in audio book choices. The story, however, started out tragic, got miserable and ended still pretty depressingly. After wading through a lot of verbose internal dialog on the part of the main character throughout the story, I kept hoping for a strong ending to make it all worthwhile. Unfortunately, it also ended with another long-winded and negative philosophical rant that did nothing to make the book "worth it in the end".
There was truly great prose and the author was good at describing scenes quite vividly. It dealt with a life poorly lived and was very good in that depiction - so good perhaps that I couldn't shake the despair that it left me feeling each time I listened to it. Maybe with a different subject and less 'beating of a dead horse' on certain scenes in the book, I'd enjoy the author more.
The narrator was a genius at changing characters. His range of "voices" and accents was pretty phenomenal.
No. I couldn't live through another one.
David Pittu's narration brings a remarkable book to life. Great story with fascinating characters. David Pittu's voices were perfect. I was especially delighted by his portrayal of Russian Boris. I did not want the story to end and kept rewinding the last chapter just to savor the story a bit longer before I listened to the last sentence. Often I listened to the story and reread it on my kindle. I loved this book. There are not enough stars to convey my favorable rating. Perhaps David Pittu could be hired to narrate the Secret History for Audible!
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David Pittu narrated this book beautifully. I can't imagine getting the same impact from reading about the complex characters in story. He depicted the voices and accents beautifully.
There are many memorable moments in The Goldfinch. One, in particular, was the monologue inside Theo's head as he is sitting across from Pippa over dinner. This was particularly poignant.
My favorite scene is probably what happened in the museum. The writing was so spectacular that I felt as though I were experiencing it.
A young boy's grief is transferred to an obsession over the last painting he and his mother viewed in a museum.
This book is beautifully written. It is its' own work of art.
Where to begin? It is an utter failure. The plot is a mess, the characters are cardboard cutouts, stereotypes and cliches abound.
If it is a good book, but this was my first experience with him and he didn't have good material to work with.
How does a young boy escape the bombing of a museum out a "side door" with a priceless famous painting, through crowded New York City streets in the middle of the afternoon, past police and aid workers, across town and into a apartment building, with no one noticing? And what happens to this painting that the story is named for? Well, by about "100 pages" in, I don't know, and as for the rest of the story, I really don't care. And why is there nothing in the story, more than a paragraph about 6 hours in, mentioning his mother's funeral?? And how does a little girl have 5 orthopedic surgeries on one leg in the course of a week? That just doesn't happen. This book is ridiculously sloppy for having taken, supposedly, 10 years to write. Long....drawn....out.....conversations....that consist of little more than "I don't want you to go.... But why do you have to go? I want you to stay. Why can't you stay?" Good grief!!! And does anyone really believe that a 13-year-old boy notices the upholstery on an antique chair?
English teacher for 36 years, now recently retired and glorying in having the time to listen to Audible!
While no doubt brilliant, Donna Tarte tries too hard to show off her deftness. Her descriptions of drug-induced states go on her listening hours, as do her endless descriptions of everything from Las Vegas skies to furniture repair. David Pittu's narration amazed me, though. Clear, dramatic and nuanced. How did he manage?
Tighter editing would have helped this novel. Every drug scene was not rapturous!
The terrorist attack in the museum was riveting as were selected scenes in New York and Amsterdam. Least favorite scenes included repetitive descriptions of drug induced states. After a while, main characters lost my sympathy. Poor boys lost gets old after a while. Nevertheless, there is enough in the novel to have kept me going to the end, which I found satisfying.
No 32-hour follow-ups, please.
My book club had a lot to say about this novel. Opinions differed greatly, which makes this a good read.
One of my favorites
David Pittu was an awesome narrator! I liked Hobie best,
Boris. Bad boy with good qualities. A true friend.
Probably my favorite Audible book so far,
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