WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review
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 longing for his mother, he clings to the 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 mesmerizing, 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Donna Tartt’s third novel is unapologetically “serious” fiction—it won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize—but it moves with the kinetic energy and unexpected twists of a great crime thriller. After a terrorist explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art upends 13-year-old Theo Decker’s life, he descends into a criminal underground of art forgers and small-time gangsters while hiding a treasured Dutch painting. Actor David Pittu leads us through Theo’s bumpy ride from Manhattan to Las Vegas to Amsterdam with emotional depth and charisma. His narration makes Tartt’s tableau of shadowy thugs and rebellious teens feel shockingly real.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I have been listening to this book on my iPod for a total of 1 hour and I’m STILL waiting for something exciting to happen. TOO much description and not enough story
This recording repeats itself
Enjoyable book if a bit belabored but the audio file itself gets about eight hours into each section and then starts again to repeat from a point about six hours before. The overall length should be more like 30 hours not 60.
The reader's voicing of some characters irritating
I wish I could return this audio book. I cannot stand to listen to the affectation of the mother and child voices. The enunciation is far too embellished.