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)
There is no doubt David Pittu's performance of this book adds tremedously to text. Never over the top, able to distinquish his charactors and able to capture each respectfully, he should win an award for this performace.
I can't say since I haven't yet finished.
It made me want to call in sick so I could stay home and listen. I would have, too, except then the book would have ended that much sooner.
I decided a quarter of the way through that this was one of my all-time favorite books. Now, halfway through, I already know I'm giong to listen to it again and again. It's a beautiful, terrible journey through someone's life that feels simultaniously incredible and all too close to home.
The story is compelling, the characters are wonderful, and it's hard to put it down. I am so glad I got this as an Audio Book. The reader is FANTASTIC!!!! He reads the book in the accents of all the different characters and his ability to imitate accents is incredible and is laugh-out-loud funny at times. The rich family from the upper east side, the Russian character Boris, the antique dealer - he has them all down perfectly. I love the book and LOVE Pittu, the Reader.
The way the narrator changes his voice and accent to go along with the characters is perfect. Excellent job.
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect as I generally listen to mystery and suspense, however this title and it's reviews caught my eye. I was very impressed with the way the book was written in present and past tense; some authors have trouble switching between the two. Excellent listen.
A story of astounding imagination, of sympathetic characters, and impeccable writing.
Liked the story and characters but the whole thing would have been more enjoyable with fewer drug use scenes and lengthy wandering self examinations by Theo. Yes we get the point. Theo was disturbed with PTS, loss of his mother and a lousy father. Theo's final analysis of why we are here on this earth was well done but sad too as he couldn't come up with much of a purpose for our existence.
Rich descriptions are given of New York City, Vegas, Art and Antiques. Narration was good with voices of sleazy Xandra, Ukrainian Boris, teenage Theo and many other characters very believable. Listening was doable but reading a hard copy book would be difficult. The comparison to Dickens was spot on when it came to lengthy descriptions and rambling monologs.
Strong story. Great characters. Perhaps a little long, but kept me involved. I liked the complexity of the main character.
Maybe . . . it was a beautiful listen but the strong plot was as much a factor as the writing and the characters, so I don't know if I'd be so drawn to read it again.
An amazing, sweeping book with such detail and richness in so many topics. I can't believe the work and research that Donna Tartt must have done to accomplish this feat.
Art, antiques, furniture restoration, teen drug use, families, Las Vegas, New York, New York society, gambling hoods, adult love, dissolute Europeans and corrupt Russians, art theft and forgery . . . tender young love and adult friendship . . . wow. The main character is mesmerizing and the voice is so real as he ages into adulthood.
The longest book in my library.. I didn't want it to end. I could have stayed with characters another 30 hours.
This was not my usual pick, I am not sure how I ended up with the purchase. But no dissappointement here.
Characters were living and breathing through the narrator.. amazing capture...I was sucked in.
You are in the hands of a wonderful writer. And he characters are sharper drawn. But I found myself wishing that this marathon of a book would simply come to an end. (Was Tartt paid by the word?) I read the other reviews which were glorious. I simply was not bowled over.
I recently saw the painting of the Goldfinch displayed at The Frick in NYC. It gave me a better appreciation of the book.
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This was a very well written book, but kind of depressing overall. The kind of book that does make you think about it long after you are finished reading it. Maybe it struck too close to home in some ways, and if you've ever dealt with some of the issues in the book, it makes you relive them. There is some good humor woven throughout the book, which I really enjoyed and saved it from becoming a downer, but even that had a bite to it. A very good read overall. The narrater was excellent.
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