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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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  • jemim
    8/20/15
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    "Tedious"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just dull really, plot does not go very far and very self absorbed in description of dull minutiae seems like the author was writing to show off her writing than to entertain the reader.


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Try entertaining the reader than showing off what a good writer you are.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Pittu’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Goldfinch?

    None- would have added more in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gina
    8/19/15
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    "David Pittu is a genius"

    David Pittu is really what brings this book to life, he does the accents of all the characters superbly - and there are many interesting ones!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TwirlySue
    8/19/15
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    "Some dramatic moments but too long"

    self indulgent and far far too much necessary prose. some dramatic and amusing moments. one to avoid unless someone steps in and culls at least a third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yoyo
    8/12/15
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    "A promising plot but FAR, FAR too long"

    I am still beguiled by and remember the characters, overall plot and some great twists, despite having read it some time ago, and I liked the writing style, but how I wished it had been edited to half its length. At some points I was so frustrated with the slowness of the narrative and predictability of the next minor plot turn, I felt like banging my head on the sink, and if I hadn't been listening while I was washing up, i wouldn't have made it through the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becky
    8/12/15
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    "Book is brilliant right up until the last hour."

    It has loads of twists and turns and keeps you wondering what could possibly happen next, but I felt the last hour of the book was unnecessary and eeked the story out longer than needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • allan
    8/9/15
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    "Awesome awesome awesome. Thoroughly enjoyed this"

    This had everything I love about audio books. Narrator was excellent. The story unfolded at a great pace and the characters were likeable, lovable and believable. My mutt and I have walked many an enjoyable mile listening in awe to this story. The ending had a deep life message that fit in well with the characters. Go listen, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Boyle
    8/9/15
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    "Tartt weaves her magic and bewitches."

    Distilled, art dignifies life. Tartt plates this up in haute cuisine fashion as we drool for more at every turn of the page. Decker mirrors our frailties, self doubt and quest for the meaning of life. There are echoes of Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' as we shadow Potter on his delirious rampage. The curator of this gallery of potent images has a surname which befits her job description. Art, like love, survives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    Wallingford, United Kingdom
    8/7/15
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    The story did drone on a bit about his problems but it is still a good read.


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

    The story did drone on a bit about his problems but it is still a good read.


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

    The story did drone on a bit about his problems but it is still a good read.


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

    The story did drone on a bit about his problems but it is still a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    The story did drone on a bit about his problems but it is still a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KAREN
    8/6/15
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, brilliant story, characters and performance


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of characters


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He performed the characters and distinguished them very well


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story, the characters were very entertaining and the story extraordinarily well thought out, researched and presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy
    Launceston, United Kingdom
    8/5/15
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    "Wonderful!"
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    The best Audible book I've ever listened to. Glad I listened rather than read as the quality of the narration just carried me along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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