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 author is very in tune with beauty in the form of art and music and has some interesting theories on life after death and the meaning of life in general. A drug a little through the areas of the book where descriptions of the drug-induced hallucinations were described but other than that I was able to follow along through the journey without getting bored.
This is a long and depressing book. From boyhood to manhood, his life never gets better. I felt there were long areas of the book that could have been left out. If I would have known how depressing this book would b I would have passed on it.
This book is eloquent yet at times very depressing and dark. Well really the book is mostly dark. Strong character development and the language keeps you (at least partially) engaged. Way too long winded, but the narrater could not have been more perfect!
I cannot comprehend the negative reviews of this book. The story is intelligent, thought-provoking, and captivating. The narration is just brilliant, especially the inflection and tone used with Boris. The symbolism between the painting and the main character is threaded throughout; while listening, I found myself pleading for their freedom. But what is freedom? I believe that is the underlying theme, which Theo begins to explore toward the end — what does it mean to be true to yourself, to be unchained? The juxtaposition of Boris and Kitsy, their individual influence on Theo, and his constant battle with self-destruction — the "middle distance" between good, evil, truth, untruth, love, loathing — this is where this story resides. Truly a great novel.
Doubtful it ever could
Not her fault I'm sure, just not my type of book
Never got past 1st or 2nd "chapter" No idea
Just not my type of book. Might be wonderful for people w different preferences.
Astonishing, riveting, couldn't bear to tear myself away from this audiobook. Incredible story and powerfully deep and resonant, one unexpected turn after another. Beautifully written, read and acted. Fabulous!
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