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The Goldfinch

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014

Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014

Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2013

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

©2013 Tay Ltd (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • J. Nosrati
    UK
    6/25/14
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    "32hrs... A great listen..."
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    The narrator made this novel come to life


    What did you like best about this story?

    Believable plot


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    interpretation of the characters.. well narrated


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • annecdoc
    6/13/14
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    "Neverending"
    Would you try another book written by Donna Tartt or narrated by David Pittu?

    The narrator was brilliant. I really enjoyed his performance.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donna Tartt? Why or why not?

    No. Basically, I enjoyed the story but it just dragged on too long, especially towards the end. I couldn't wait for it to end.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but would certainly look out for him again.


    Could you see The Goldfinch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    The story would make a good film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kisag_queen
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "Every chapter, every single word had me captivated"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    I am sure to be listening to this story again. As the intrigue kept me listening the first time, I think that the beauty and absolute clarity of the characters and locations will endure a second and subsequent readings (or listenings).


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to, and why?

    The expansive character development with such revealing personal insights into their lives reminds me of Anna Karenina, where I felt privileged to get to know the character so honestly. I feel that the "secrets" held close by the leading characters in both books are similar.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Awesome performance! It brought the characters to life and made them real for me. Loved Boris' accent!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One small painting impacts so many lives.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad to finish the book and return to the real world where these characters no longer exist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie
    6/9/14
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    The humanity and soundness of the story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris - tough but cerebral.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I listen in the car and I couldn't wait to have another journey.


    Any additional comments?

    A very rich book - will be a hard book to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rikki
    6/2/14
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    "First attempt at an audio book and I'm hooked!"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    Although the story started slowly, it was gripping and the narrator did a great job of differentiating the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judy
    WOKINGHAM, United Kingdom
    6/1/14
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    "This is worth the wait!"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    More than just a fantastic mystery journey with our young hero. This is deeply written, all the characters come to life and recognisable from some of our crazy pasts, with humour and affection - however bad they are. I love the Secret History - my best book but this was as good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holby ( I hope the spelling ok) the old guy; allowing into his busy antique restoration life in this huge old house always living on the edge -these dissperate and lost boys and girls


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He was so much part of the story that I was not aware of him - through him to the story!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but its BIG!!


    Any additional comments?

    A book makes you question your own life the values, pre occupations and finaly that it is so short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Onursan
    5/29/14
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    "The best 30 hours you will spend this year"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I completely lost myself in this book. The characters and narrative grabbed me so strongly that I felt quite bereft when it ended


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favourite?

    David Pittu became all the characters effortlessly but he especially caught Boris, as a naughty, devious, loveable, dangerous, generous rogue. As he read I always imagined Boris smiling.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It would take a very hard heart not to be moved by Theo's story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to listen again in light of the ending of the story as I think the second listening will be just as enjoyable as the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Womble
    London
    5/25/14
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    "Great novel, brought brilliantly to life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Pittu's characterisations are so extraordinarily vivid, I feel like I've read the book and seen the film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Godfrey
    UK
    5/12/14
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    "Excellent, just excellent!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first review I've posted... I felt that this is definitely one of the best books I've listened to from Audible. I have to say though that it took a little while to draw me in - in fact I'd looked up Audible's returns policy after the first chapter - I just didn't think it was for me, in spite of all the great reviews! So glad I stuck with it though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is an incredible amount of detail in this book. This sounds like it might be tedious, but it is Donna Tartt's sheer artistry that all those small details add up to make a very convincing, roundly characterised novel. The details about the art scene (especially underground/stolen), the drug culture in America, restoration of fine furniture, life on the outskirts (in many ways) are superb and support a fast-moving plot.
    The characters are for the most part extremely believable, even loveable for all their flaws! Boris and Hobie stand out.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first performance I've listened to by David Pittu but I would definitely want to listen to other books he's narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abi
    Ilford, United Kingdom
    5/11/14
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    "What happens when disaster strikes at a young age?"

    This is a long listen so be prepared. I can't lie I almost gave up in the middle but I got past that lull it became riveting again. The book is about a boy called Theo and how his life turns out after a terrible tragedy. The people that make an impact in his life. I must admit I was drawn to his friend Boris when he was around I listened intently. The author should write about his story that would be one to listen too.

    A very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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