The Goldfinch

Version: Unabridged
Author: Donna Tartt
Narrator: David Pittu , Author
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: October 2013
# of Units: 26 CDs
Length: 25 hours, 50 minutes
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Overview

The author of the classic bestsellers "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 thirteen-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.

Reviews (7)

Puzzled

Written by KDaw on August 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The book was VERY well written. But I didn't like a single character. Not one. I've never encountered a book where I did not like or relate to a single character in the story line. The author was very good, the story-line was interesting and his attention to detail was amazing. The Narrator was suburb. The characters themselves were contemptible. Very puzzling book.

The Goldfinch

Written by Anonymous on July 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I could not finish this book. Although the beginning relating to Theo and his mother had appeal and poignancy, once Theo moved to Las Vegas I found the book completely off-putting. Perhaps that was the point, but in the end I couldn't continue to listen to the foul language, the drugging, the "being wasted," the sordid lives of the characters. If the book turned a corner later I was never to know. Maybe it would be different reading it, rather than listening to it.

Excrutiatingly Detailed

Written by Anonymous on November 29th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The reader did a nice job, but the author must have been paid by the word as this book could easily have been cut by a third and would have been more interesting and moved along better. The main character Theo spends much of the book strung out on drugs making one bad decision after another. By the middle of the book I was annoyed with him and his choices, and had to persevere to get through the book.

Incredible!

Written by Anonymous on September 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fabulous book! One of the best novels I have read in years.

Pulitzer Prize Winner

Written by Liza on April 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

No wonder the book is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2014. It is a book about art, about love for beautiful things, about the unclear (non-existing?) line between good and bad, but mostly about the human mind, and about struggles that are within. It is about the good and kind nature of some people, and about pitfalls and weaknesses of others. And mostly about how one can be shaped form a young innocent boy into something completely different if life circumstances lead him there. It is amazing how Tartt is able to put us into Theo's head and thoughts and fears, with her great story telling. David Pittu is doing an amazing job reading it, with Theo's voice, the Russian friend Boris, and many women's voices. And yes - the book is long, and maybe could be shortened by a bit, but it is worth it!

Great novel

Written by Mschaffer54 on November 25th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a remarkable book. The characters were so compelling. The final chapter ends in sheer poetry. Simply fantastic.

First fascinating then tepid

Written by Anonymous on April 17th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The first 9/10 of the book is completely worthwhile, full of action and characters and life. Then at the end she goes all deep and prolix, which you may find fascinating but was dull as mud to me. Still, it is worth reading.

Author Details

Author Details

Tartt, Donna

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College. "The Secret History" was her debut novel.