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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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  • Diane
    United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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    "Way too long!"
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I loved the way Hoby was portrayed - he came across as very cosy and comforting. I hated the length of this book - no need and the story could have easily been told in half the time while still maintaining lots of good prose.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending - I wanted to know how it all worked out, but instead we got a bit of a preachy end I'm afraid. Very unsatisfying after hanging on in there for so many hours.


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

    Hoby


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    No - it was far too long. I started to enjoy it after about 2 hours, but by the time I got to 10-12 hours in, I was a bit bored. There is just too much unnecessary detail.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    over wallop, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "slow burner but gets there in the end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You need to persevere with it as after the initial bomb blast, the first half is very slow, but does build towards the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is very believable.


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

    I did like his accents, especially the Russian ones. He was able to bring the different characteristics to life, not just with the accent, but with the timbre and expression in his voice.


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

    No! it's way too long, and I think you'd lose the will to live as there is a lot of drug taking throughout and the narrative meanders somewhat.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was a little hurried. I only gave it 5 stars as it left me a little deflated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar
    4/20/14
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    "Far too slow moving for me."

    I know loads of people adore this book and Donna Tartt fans will love it. However, I found the descriptions weighed down the book and took any pace and urgency out of it. The narrator went on constant mind meanders, thinking about this and thinking about that before he got to the point. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and the tension was set up well at the beginning of the book, but forward motion was so slow in terms of moving the plot forwards. I didn't particularly enjoy Tartt's writing, as in, I wasn't content to listen to her write and write about all sorts before she got to the point of her story, so I abandoned ship and didn't finish it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Kfar Daniel, Israel
    2/18/14
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    "Excellent story but very very long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was good but much too long. Tons of description so that you get weighed down by it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aruna Limoli
    London, EC3M 1DT
    1/19/17
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    "outstanding novel"

    Loved every minute of this narration. Sad, true, beautiful. David Pittu does an amazing job in bringing Donna Tart's writing to even richest life. One of my favourite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr S.
    1/15/17
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    "Outstanding performance of a deeply moving, fascinating and creative narrative."

    The central characters are so vivid. And the maternal loss at the centre of it all is realised with consummate skill. The author MUST surely have been through or been very close to a parental bereavement. By the same token their insight into drug and alcohol addiction suggests similar intimate knowledge. OR she's up there in a very exalted peer-group of authors who get imaginatively SO deeply into their characters' motivating issues that it amazes those of us who have lived and worked with these same issues, and gives us yet deeper insights.
    Grand Chapeau to you Donna Tartt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daramfon
    london
    12/27/16
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    "All encompassing story"

    The narrator embodied the main character and was great with other characters too. I enjoyed the gold finch a lot. Got to learn about Fabritus and Rembrandt and about the immortality of Arts and our love for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emma-marie M
    Exeter, UK
    12/18/16
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    "Brilliant all round"

    The recording was stellar and did the novel justice. Very well done indeed; I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meg A.
    12/10/16
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    "Masterpiece"

    Beautifully written, wonderfully narrated, thought provoking.
    I don't often listen to a book twice but the second time was just as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • steelyjuan
    12/8/16
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    "Not all that great"

    Great narration, but book feels like an unedited 1st draft. Could have been half the size. Last half hour is incredibly self indulgent. In retrospect, wouldn't have started, but once I did felt obliged to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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