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)
Passionate teacher and lifetime learner. I loved books from before Kindergarten. Read the elem library... yep, all of them.
I kept looking for some redeeming thing to occur, but it never does. The characters are well written and the performance by the reader was very good but I'd never recommend this book to anyone. I listened for days in a car ride cross country alone and I couldn't wait for it to end. A life destroyed. No lesson. Nothing redeeming.
I'd like to see some characters win... someone do better, improve, at some point in their lives. This was just sad sad sad.
Great voicing of the characters. Enjoyed that.
Yes... anger, sadness, disappointment. That about sums it up.
It seemed to drag on, and on, and on, and on in some non-interest areas, especially the Las Vegas section.
Maybe. But I would check the reviews carefully.
Skip the cross-country travel to Las Vegas.
I agree completely with Bonny and Cynthia, ranked as two of the most helpful reviewers. At times it's difficult to keep listening as the story line drags on and on in the Las Veags setting with a blur of drugs, alcohol and poorly scripted adventures. The Boris character is important to the plot, but the time spent in Las Vegas with his introduction is just difficult to tolerate. Much of the plot is good. The beginning is good and the ending is fairly good, but much of the middle is not only boring, it tends to destroy a lot of empathy for the main character. And if you don't care about the main character, it becomes more difficult to remain engaged in the book.
Dark and sad, and Beautiful. The pains of existence, the beauty of it too, mixed in with tenderness, crudeness and rich imagery. Excellent
The book was wonderful and then hearing it read to me was a treat. The accents were authentic and the storyline compelling. As a New Yorker it describes this amazing city and its flaws perfectly. Ms. Tartt has captured the city in all its beauty and ugliness and this backdrop adds to the novel.
Fascinating story, twists and turns and what a great performance of the voices!! A thriller till the end, I couldn't stop.
Beautifully written, smart and funny and depressing. Honestly , I could not wait for it to be over! Loved the "performance", the accents and differing voices were fun and constantly interesting. Not an uplifting tale, and one I will never wish to revisit, it is never the less a very unique book.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.
It's so sad when the narrator makes it so hard to enjoy this book, which by the way I am half way through and still don't really know what is going on.
If, when you start listening to this, you become bored with the art history stuff, just hang in there. It won't take long before it takes a turn that has you hanging on the edge of your seat.
I'm not really good at writing reviews so, usually, I don't. I just wanted to express that this book had me listening daily until it was finished. I loved the narrator who did a great job of using different voices for each character. The book was exciting and deeply meaningful. I loved it.
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