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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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  • Rupert
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    3/8/14
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    David Pittu's performance is faultless, apart form the Dutch accents.

    I was right there in the story from start to end. Superb


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris is a force of nature and Hoby is totally lovable


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Totally credible. Paced perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Librarian
    UK
    3/4/14
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    "Absolutely outstanding"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Simply the best audiobook I've listened to. Added to my enjoyment so much- I bought my daughter the book but have now advised her to listen instead! A haunting, complex tour-de-force of a novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Mirfield, United Kingdom
    3/3/14
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    "The Goldfinch"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    I found it so interesting and I quickly got attached to the characters.


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

    They were all memorable, this was such an interesting story so well told by the narrator


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I don't want to spoil it for other readers, and if I told my fav scene it would do just that


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

    I laughed and cried, it was a kind of voyage of discovery
    So absorbing


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a really good story, and one you need to listen to.
    Well done to the reader whose accents were brilliant.
    I would love to read other books by this author if they are all as good as this one.
    Cyoung

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lisa
    Billingham, United Kingdom
    2/20/14
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    "Completely Engrossing !!!!!!"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    This is a fantastic story that roles on from one situation to another, all along introducing interesting and throughly believable characters. I found myself listening when ever and where ever I could, I'd definitely recommend The Goldfinch as a great read


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    2/19/14
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    "Completely swept up with The Goldfinch"

    I use Audible to listen to books I know I wouldn't actually read. This is a great example. I would have been put off by the hype, the length, and grisly opening section - and I would have missed what was, for me, a great book.

    I have never read any of her other (I think only two...?) books, so I can make no comparisons.

    This book ticked a lot of boxes for me: long (very); meandering, and with changes of setting - New York, Vegas, Amsterdam, back to NY.

    The subject - well it's hard to say. It is a chronological story, beginning with a horrific incident that totally shapes Theo's life. The painting of The Goldfinch lives this life with him, it is (he thinks) always there. It's a story of loss, mental illness, drug use, art, love and especially, I think, of enduring friendship.

    The best parts for me happen as Theo is older and returns to NY. I also loved the character of Boris, but I would say that all the characters were very well drawn and lived vividly in my imagination - except, oddly, Theo himself. Sometimes, he seemed so contradictory.

    I was anxious throughout the book - low-level sense of menace and a feeling, that I suppose Theo always lived with - of something 'bad' about to happen. And, a lot of bad things DO happen to him. And some good things, too.

    I think the book is very layered. You can read it as a story - and it's a great story; or you can try and see the layers. I think I did both, because it's the sort of book that stays on in your mind after it ends.

    The ending (this isn't a spoiler) is fairly satisfactory but also, the very end of the book does drift a little. But basically we know the main outcome. I wanted more closure - not for Theo, but for the other main characters.

    The narration was faultless. It added so much to the book.

    I was very sorry to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    2/14/14
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    "Outstanding performance by David Pittu"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was sublime. His representation of each character was incredible, it was as if each one was in the room by simply hearing their 'voice'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was engaging and spanned many years so you felt you really knew the characters well.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His ability to adopt so many characters effectively, without it sounding forced. Male, female, old and young, all utterly convincing. The best audiobook narration I've ever heard.


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

    The relationship between Theo & Boris was complicated but very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book but a little self-congratulatory, especially at the end. I would have preferred to hear more about the fate of each character than the long philosophical monologue.
    However, a clever plot that seldom dragged and brought to life excellently by David Pittu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cory
    United Kingdom
    2/11/14
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    "Perfection in a novel!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The narrator nails the characters voices and personalities perfectly. I listened to this book during the final push of my lab work for my PhD and it was perfect, it made the time pass, and kept my brain hooked from word one!


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

    I just love the relationships that these characters have. They are so well developed and so devoted to each other. There are romances, and betrayals, but none of this is really at the heart of the story, a boy who's life has been riddled with tragedy yet finds himself somehow above water in a whirlwind of drama.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I think my favorite parts of the book is The boys time in Amsterdam. Especially when Theo is trapped in his hotel room for days, strung out, desperate, and finally fearing the end. Going to his last meal, which he realizes is important thing to do, and then life again throws him a curve ball.


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

    Yes, and it's book I will probably listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a great story, great writing, simple yet eloquent emotional struggles, and fantastic characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    UK
    2/10/14
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    "Truly an excellent book!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Brilliant story, brilliant narration. Can highly recommend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theodore Decker - I really felt I knew him by the end.


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

    Boris


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

    Sad when it finished


    Any additional comments?

    Enhanced by talented narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Nailsworth, United Kingdom
    2/5/14
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    "Outstanding"

    Quite a remarkable experience, and the most enthralling and enjoyable listen I have had of for quite a while. I also found it quite affecting, often in a surprising, shadowy way. I won't forget this one in a hurry. The reading is fabulous, second to none.
    Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    1/28/14
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    "Great story, wonderful narration"

    This was a unique story and the narrator really brought it to life. Perhaps the premise was a little shaky and the book a little longwinded, nevertheless really worthwhile a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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