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The Goldfinch | [Donna Tartt]

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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  • lucinda
    FAREHAM, United Kingdom
    7/5/14
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    "5 chapters in and not for me"
    Would you try another book written by Donna Tartt or narrated by David Pittu?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    yes


    What didn’t you like about David Pittu’s performance?

    it was fine


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    just didn't hook me


    Any additional comments?

    Not saying its a bad book, just not for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • e
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/3/14
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    "This touches so many different topics astounding"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Heart wrenching, exiting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    When he turns up in New York and is taken in by an almost stranger who treats him better than friends or family.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    So many characters all so individual


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yep but would be a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    Looking at all this authors books now as I'm so impressed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruce
    7/3/14
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    "Pittu reads this excellent book brilliantly"
    Any additional comments?

    I won't try and give a clever review as I'm not capable, I will just say that I thought the book was excellent, very enjoyable, funny, clever, just great. However I also want to tell potential buyers that in my opinion David Pittu is the best audiobook narrator I've heard to date. He transforms effortlessly into each character but without going over the top. After this I started listening to Secret History, and was surprised to find that I enjoy Donna Tartt's reading of her own book less enjoyable than Pittu's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P Robertshaw
    6/28/14
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    "So good I didn't want it to end"

    I didn't know what to expect as this is the first Donna Tartt book I have 'read' but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think that listening to it as an Audio book enhanced the experience as the narration was fabulous and clearly created individual characters especially Boris the Ukranian. Don't be put off by the length of the book, it doesn't feel like a long book as some of this length do. I enjoyed it so much I really didn't want it to end and I would definitely listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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