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The Goldfinch Audiobook

The Goldfinch

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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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  • Paul Matthews
    UK
    2/22/16
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    "Plodding"

    This was over long and rather one-dimensional.

    Some interesting characterisation and a good plot but the same or more might have been achieved with 1/3 of the words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    2/18/16
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    "Compelling"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, endeering, compelling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris, he was always right, all the way through, yes he was a bad boy but he had even less good luck than Theo.


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

    Hobie, what a gent and a beautiful man


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

    too long for that but yes, I was stuck between wanting to finish it and hoping that it wouldn never end. Although it went a bit "catcher in the rye" a bit in Vegas and I had to re-warm to Theo.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would struggle to physically read this book unless I was on a really quiet beach holiday as it would require patience and persistance, which is less necessary when someone is reading it to you and doing the accents better than I could ever hope to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jade Alexander
    2/17/16
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    "A beautiful immersive book"

    Listen to this book if you want an immersive and thought provoking, utterly moving adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    2/11/16
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    "Great story of a child growing up in modern times"

    Narrator was great, I liked the voice of Boris especially. It's a wonderful long story, unfortunately with a bit of a naval gazing, procrastinating ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    2/9/16
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    "Complex, well written, but sometimes a little lost"

    Donna Tartt is undoubtably a fantastic writer. The novel immediately captures the imagination and I found myself thoroughbred engrossed with the main characters. Many view the book to be too long, and initially I disagreed with this notion. I was happy to listen to slightly long and indulgent passages of philosophy and hedonism as I was so invested in the story and they were well written. However, I felt the ending failed to deliver what a reader or listener deserved after such a long journey with the story. Altogether I would recommend the book, but with the caveat to not expect a fairytale ending or an author afraid of challenging a reader's expectations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Carol Fallon
    2/6/16
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    "Monologue after monologue"

    Disappointed.
    To start with I loved the descriptive text and the excellent writing and story line, along with the excellent telling by David Pittu. However as the book goes (and on) the characters become unconvincing, conversations are just monologues, and the constant use of similes and metaphors (and I mean constant) start to get very waring. It got so bad that I was (out loud) saying 'Just get on with it!', and huffing and blowing while listening. Great book that I think is spoiled by the author being too long winded and repetitive ALL THE TIME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Gill
    2/1/16
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"

    Narrator was amazing, brought all the characters to life. The story so thought provoking and made the listener look inward. Highly recommend this !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    1/29/16
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    "Good but too long"

    Great narration. Overall enjoyable but I struggled not to get really annoyed with the main character and a bit too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/22/16
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    "Well I wasn't expecting that!"

    It's very rare for me to read this kind of fiction, but I am so glad I did!

    Riveting from start to finish, read brilliantly!

    Highly recommended to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • foodjunkie
    1/10/16
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    "Brilliant and unforgettable"

    A truly great and moving work. It was well voiced and I highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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