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)
Time wasted. It could have been half as long. The characters were unlikable and the story was not interesting to me.
No I did not like the story.
His performnce was good. His characters were clear.
OH GOD NO
I would change the entire story line. This book lacks a believable basis, and takes itself too seriously with lengthy paragraphs and pages describing the perceptions and feelings of a strung-out junkie. Realistically, no one sits around having those kinds of thoughts.
I enjoyed the scenes with Boris and Theo in Las Vegas getting drunk and watching movies.
Not read anything else by Donna Tartt.
This book is massively overrated.
Love listening to non-fiction & fiction if the story is exciting.Favorite narrator: Simon Vance! Also loved The Goldfinch!
Yes! The narrator was so talented, such a diverse repertoire, a joy to hear!
Theo, of course. He survived, although scarred, I feel an affinity to him. I also grew to love Boris with his quirky ways & unconditional love for Theo.
The ones with Theo missing & recalling Pipa with her unusual & wonderful looks.
No, it's too long, but I did look forward to daily sessions & was a little sad it had to end.
I rarely listen to fiction, but this one really appealed to me because it encompassed art history, antiques & many mentions of real life familiar places. The characters came alive for me through the excellent narration.
Great accents and character voices
Maybe, but I don't have the patience to sit through so many words again
Donna Tartt has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions and narratives are great, but I think it's very self-indulgent for her to expect a reader to spend so much time. 32 hours!
Murder mystery or romance
I would have it not turn into a crude story with no real reason to keep listening.
I wasted a credit buying this useless book. The language became so crude I couldn't listen anymore and the story line is very weak.
Any fool can know something the point is to understand!
Not what I expected at all and wonderfully surprised at the art of story telling in the book. Used next credit to buy The Idiot
Reading and presentation was beautifully done.
I mean the book is great, I lived through hero life, but the ending is so out of place and rhythm , I hope its just a placeholder to start next chapter
How could this book have won awards? I am 15+ hours in of listening, committed to finish but really am getting impatient with the editing of this book. There are lots of characters to love, but there is also a lot of repetition. This book also seems to be geared to YA crowd. I am really disappointed in this book and feel slightly annoyed at the glowing reviews. What am I missing here?
This book could have been edited with a bigger red pen. Some of the dailog really got irratating as did the incessent drug and alcohol scenes. We get it- the guy was going down a slippery slope.
I loved Theo's relationship with his mother. I also loved Hobie. The narrator is superb. He at least made some of the dialog palatable.
How did this win a Pulitzer again?
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