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)
Although I had read very good reviews I thought it might be boring but I found it fascinating. Very well written and goes to very unexpected routes. All the time, being fascinating.
Yes. The art history was interesting, as was the historical narration about the furniture and it's construction but the overwhelming weight this young boy and man carried his entire life was almost too much. I considered a few times just stopping.
Nice wrap up, which I did not see coming.
Boris (spelling). He was so unapologetic about everything he did but he loved 'Potter' more than himself.
Refinish furniture! Mix my own furniture polish!
This was recommended by a friend and I recommended it for our bookclub. After that, I doubt I will recommend any further. Just too heavy for me.
I found myself, time and again, going back to re-read (or re-listen to) sentences in this book because they were written in such a perfect manner. Not to mention that the story, and the characters, will stay with you for a long time.
As a mother of 2 young sons, I never thought I'd be able to stomach a book about a boy losing his mother at a young age but the story just grips you.
Following the main character throughout his childhood all the way to adulthood and seeing how along the road, though it was a tough road, he grew into a pretty balanced young man. How who he was as a young boy, before losing his mother, never really left him, even though he was dealt a lot of bad luck along the way.
I love how he performs Hobie's voice. It lends such a richness to how I pictured that older genteleman
READ THIS NOW!
one of the most entertaining, lovely books that i have listened to as of yet!
Theo- after you "read" (hear) this book- you will know why....
the seemingly disconnected history that Theo tells you of and brings you into that is his life.
Hobie- loved the way he looked at life for its honesty and humility
look past the almost 33 hrs... give this book a listen. WELL WORTH IT!
Typically I don't read books again but this book had soo much! What a life Theo had I know I missed something.
I loved Hobie!!
This book kept me interested from beginning to end....I actually did not want it to end...
Never. Most disappointing highly ranked book I've ever read
Such an unbelievable book about a boy growing to a man. A male would never have written this, and it surely was written by a female. It was not at all believable. Very pretentious to say the least. The main characters are the least sympathitic and down right stupid. Thurston Howell III and Lovey, grown men calling their parents Mommy and Daddy. Please. How this book could get a 4.2 makes me want to quit using the rankings of audibles. This is the worst of perhaps the last 75 books I have read.
He was down right the worst narrator, but it was also a terribly written book. I hope never to see this author again having wasted so many hours on this piece of crap
The entire book
I do not write reviews usually, but when a book is as bad as this, and it is highly rated, I want to warn others to not bother on this. Absolutely terrible.
It was almost like reading an opera. I was enthralled with each part and each word. Such marvelous writing. Thank you so much. I completely neglected my life for about 4 days while I listened -- I couldn't stop. As a person who knows young people well, the perceptions were "right on." Love, sex, school, drugs, etc. memories & friendships too were amazingly described to a point where I could have cried in parts.
When he realizes that his red headed beauty was not the woman he needed and could love.
Oh, the voice was perfect. As the book changed, the voice changed beautifully.
I'd keep it the same because it is and isn't about a painting.
I am excited to read other works by this author.
This seemed like a book for pre-teens. I'm not interested in all of the drinking, drugging, stealing, fighting, etc of teenage boys which seemed the major action of the book. Main character was in a mental fog for various reasons throughout most of the book, which was tiresome. End of book laboriously laid out all of the book's intended themes and it felt like a high school lecture. Ending was ridiculous and not satisfying after slogging through this very long book.
The narrator made Theo's friend Andy sound like Kermit the frog and Andy's father sound like Thurston Howell III. Female voices were terrible as well, as if he was trying too hard. Russian accent was ok and was the one saving grace. Narration in general was distracting to the story.
Where do I even begin?
Theo experiencing the explosion and its aftermath
David Pittu really made the characters come to life using distinct voices for the different characters.
The story was engaging and kept me interested for many long driving hours.
Theo was my favorite. Mr. Pittu, please don't do Russian and English accents. It hurts.
Ms. Tartt, you are awesome, but fire your editor.
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