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The Goldfinch Audiobook

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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    Samantha 11-30-14
    Samantha 11-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, particularly because the performance of the narrator was so good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved James Hobart ("hobie"). A kind and wonderful man.


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

    Without doubt Boris. David did a sensational job of portraying Boris.


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    I'm not that smart


    Any additional comments?

    A really great book, well written, well performed, I loved it from start to (nearly) finish. I did find the finish a bit messy, like the author just wanted to wrap it up,the most disappointing part of the whole book.

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    Padmaja 10-27-14
    Padmaja 10-27-14
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    "Of art and the artful!"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, philosophical, lifelike!


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

    Mrs Barber's 'goodbye' to Theo when he moves to Vegas, Hobie's reaction to Theo's betrayal, Boris's attempts to reclaim the painting


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

    I had never heard him before but cannot believe anyone could be so brilliantly creative. He smoothly manages to move from Andy's character to Boris's accent, to Mrs Barber's class act to Hobie's honest-to-goodness manner ... Amazing! His reading made the book smooth sailing!


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    The Artists


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the summing up at the end: seems true that excess desire for an object can make you do things you normally wouldn't. It can take over your life ...

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    Jo 06-06-14
    Jo 06-06-14
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    "Very entertaining - a page turner!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most intriguing books I've listened to


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

    The book made me very aware of others suffering


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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 05-23-14
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 05-23-14
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    "What Story What A reader"

    Best read (or listen) to date. Highly recommended.
    Couldn't put this one down. The reader is brilliant.
    Will definitely look forward more by this pair.

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    Kate 05-16-14
    Kate 05-16-14
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    "Extraordinary story of boy's journey to adulthood"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Different, gripping journey. Don't let the length put you off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Theo and Boris


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

    Boris


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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
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    "BEST. AUDIOBOOK. EVER."
    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    Everything. The narrator is wonderful. The characters are 'alive' ... the story believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Boris. I am in love with Boris.


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

    Boris! (see above)
    But also loved Theo and Hobie. Even the awful characters are made interesting and likeable in a way...


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    The Goldfinch. This is actually a book with a name that is really suited to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate to listen to this book...it is 32 hours of your life you will not regret!

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    Josee 04-05-14
    Josee 04-05-14
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    "Finest novel I have read or heard for years"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    exquisite, beautiful writing


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fine understanding of the ache of being a human being


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

    no, but intend to


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

    many moments


    Any additional comments?

    very well read by David Pittu, very good and sustained voice characterisation of different characters

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    V 03-27-14
    V 03-27-14

    Books, books, books...

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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, thoughtful, compelling


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't say


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many great scenes. But perhaps the final one.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hobie, I think he'd be so charming & fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect marriage of story and narrator. David Pittu is brilliant. I will be looking out for books narrated by him from now on.

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    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14
    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14

    I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.

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    "Number one"
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    I was delighted to find such a long and classy novel. Very pleased to think 'comtemporary Dickens' and find this confirmed in reviews! I will remember it - this is the highest accolade i can give.

    I have given it to my 17 year old to read - she finds it hard to get into books as she is caught up in an instant gratification age of social media. Im pleased to report that she's hooked too!

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    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved the book but it should've been 30% shorter"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Tartt's writing is, as usual, gripping. There were so many things I couldn't predict and kept wondering where this story could possibly go after X or Y happened. She sure knows how to keep a girl hooked!


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

    I haven't but think he is a most excellent narrator. Really spot on with nuance and tone and loved how he could make the various voices sound so different from one another.


    Any additional comments?

    This really was a fanatastic book. It just went on too long in parts and I'm not sure I like the ending. It felt far too preachy and out of sync with the rest of the book.

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  • A. K. Mills
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    3/31/15
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    "Great book, expertly read"

    Boris stands alongside some of the greatest characters in the history of fiction. Extremely memorable. This book was a very addictive listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frank Hammond
    3/27/15
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    "A great story well told."

    One of the best books that I have read with a compelling storyline and well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
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    3/26/15
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    "Glad I bought it"

    Lengthy listen, but has kept me entertained throughout. Will probably listen again at some point in the future. Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    3/26/15
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    "Outstanding! Buy it straight away!"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Yes, I loved it! I'd want to go on the journey again with Theo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris, a fabulous creation - charismatic, wild, dangerous yet all heart.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The reunion between Boris and the dog!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Wadebridge, United Kingdom
    3/24/15
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    "A great Listen"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    I loved the sensitivity of the writing, the childhood time of the main character, written with such beauty and realism in my view. I loved the way the story grew through the chapters and how there was such great depth to it. Full of great characters and I learned a lot about art too! Bonus, the descriptive writing of the painting was poetry to me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, he was flawed and believable.


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

    the lead character, but a close second was his best friend.


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

    Very much so it, made me laugh and cry. I didn't want him to grow up, I wasn't sure the author could hold my attention with the character as an adult, but there was no need to worry, he was just as captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    A superb listen. I highly recommend this book to both male and female readers. Great author, I look forward to reading more of this authors work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angela C
    3/21/15
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    "Outstanding Literary Fiction Read by a Maestro"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number One


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

    Donna Tartt's first book A Secret History and although I've never read Remembrance of Things Past by Proust, I have a feeling that there is some kind of similarity because of the detail. But the details are enthralling.


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

    The Hero, his mentor, his best friend and the girl he loves.


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

    A 21st century morality tale


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favourite books. The originality of story, the extraordinarily unusual characters coupled with the depth of insight into the human condition are breathtaking and a reading that deserves an Oscar. I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tally berens
    3/18/15
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    "Amazing"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a fantastic book, beautifully written, clever and so brilliantly narrated, I feel at a loss now it's finished. You must listen to it !!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • simon lakin
    3/17/15
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    "A good heavy weight book"

    This has been a long heavy weight book for me. Normally I read or listen to quick fire novels that fly from the start.
    The detail in this book is rich and deep. It's a great book and I can highly recommend it. I will listen to this author again in the future. Highly enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/17/15
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    "wonderful!"

    I loved this book and really enjoyed the experience of listening to it as an audio book. The narrator brought the characters to life so well - I can still hear them even though I finished the book 2 weeks ago!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • HMPS64
    London, UK
    12/1/14
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    "Plausible storyline, pulls at your heartstrings"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Not sure, the language is beautiful. Eloquent.


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

    The classic; Jude the Obscure. Gripping and thrilling.


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

    The accents, American, Russian, Polish, posh American ...


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

    "Potter"


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable audio. I could not be parted for long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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