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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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  • karen gittus
    12/29/14
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    "My first audiobook 😊"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because from the first chapter I was totally immersed in the story and used every opportunity to put my earbuds in and listen to a little more


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was believable and made me feel like I was swept alongside the main characters in it. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next


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

    Quite apart from David having a pleasant voice to listen to I thought the accents and voices were totally right for every character. It also made it a lot easier to pick the story back up every time I came back to it.


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

    I would have loved to have listened in one sitting but unfortunately as it was over 32hours long that was impossible


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book I really enjoyed it. I love reading but rarely have the time to settle down with a good book without falling asleep these days so to be able to combine a good "read" and my hectic schedule is an awesome achievement. Thank you so much Audible Books and Donna Tartt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    coventry, United Kingdom
    12/25/14
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    "Brilliant narrator"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


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

    Can't pick just one


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

    Hobie


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent. Each voice was distinguishable and he seamlessly went from one to the other in a variety of conversations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janepepper
    12/20/14
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    "Very very long"

    Enjoyable if long & self indulgent. Constantly waiting for something to happen, which it doesn't until almost the end of the book. An incident so contrived it feels like the editor persuaded the author to add "some exciting action". I persevered, but felt that there were 50 chapters too many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    12/19/14
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    "Just got tedious"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it started well but seemed to get bogged down in minutiae .


    If you’ve listened to books by Donna Tartt before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Pittu?

    Yes.


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I didn't finish it, life was just too short and the book far too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Eventually I got thoroughly fed up with the main character, he seemed to be very self absorbed and ungrateful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gill
    Okehampton, United Kingdom
    12/8/14
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    "Bleak epic"

    Oh, so long and depressing! It's one of those books that I understand is good but I personally disliked it intensely. The description of the aftermath of the explosion was never-ending. The characters were unlikeable and there was a Dickensian feel to much of this so I found it hard to place in time - maybe that was intentional. Yep, life's a bitch but a little light usually enters somewhere and I couldn't find any in this. I felt obliged to finish it but was so relieved when I did. Not recommended as a winter read for anyone with a tendency to SAD - it'll kill you off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    nottingham, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "If I could give this ten stars I would"

    A completely enthralling listen. The book was immeasurably enhanced by the outstanding performance of the narrator. The book is a big, satisfying, Dickensian novel acutely observed with wonderful, memorable characters. I will tell you nothing of the story, so that I don't spoil anything. Buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "Wonderful book, wonderfully read"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The whole book was memorable. Almost as soon as I finished it I went back and listened to it again. I just didn't want it to stop.


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

    This book is beautifully read by David Pittu, with a consistant "voice" for each different character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    12/3/14
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    "Utterly gripping"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, quirky, moving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hobie. Wonderful character and the voice made him so warm.


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

    No, but he is incredibly versatile


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

    I found it strangely moving. You think it's amoral until the end when a fascinating summary makes you think of the previous 30 hours completely differently.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great performance. I can remember every detail of this long listen, which is rare!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. W. L. Townsend
    Gloucestershire
    12/3/14
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    "Story telling at its best"

    I had this book in my wish list for months and just couldn't decide whether it was the right book for me. However a friend of mine recommended it so highly on one of his FB status updates that I went for it.
    I did not regret it. The descriptions are so vivid that you almost feel the dust in your mouth. There is always so much going on too, like stories within stories. I loved it and am so glad that I finally got to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    12/1/14
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    "What a big book!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed The Goldfinch because the characters are all so well described that they really come to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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