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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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  • Kristina
    9/11/14
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    "Best book I have EVER read"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top. I was gripped.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clever denseness and intelligence behind the writing. Cleverly descriptive in a way I actually liked. Great characters. Intriguing page turner.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He added to it. Some readers get in the way of the writing but this all gelled.


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

    Yeah but I needed to sleep too


    Any additional comments?

    IT's long. It starts heartbreakingly. But the tone shifts and is bright in colour and characterisation. When I finished reading it I mourned the end of the book ... by which I mean I didn't want to leave its world. Don't let the subject matter put you off, it's loosely based around art ... so if that's the kind of thing that would turn you off, don't let it. Then get Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Room by Emma Donaghue, And Before I Go to Sleep by S J Watson ... and you'll love yourself for doing so. And maybe me too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Fred
    England
    9/10/14
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    "Promising, but doesn't really deliver"
    Would you try another book written by Donna Tartt or narrated by David Pittu?

    Yes, this hasn't necessarily put me off Donna Tartt. The narration was fine so would be happy to listen to other books read by David Pittu.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I really didn't like the last hour of the book, which spoilt it for me quite considerably.


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

    No follow up needed - unless it was going to focus on Boris perhaps. The main character was too dull for a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was ok - promising in places, but then went off on one in the last hour, completely different to the rest of the book, almost as if it was trying to be something cleverer that it actually was, and was not enjoyable for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacki
    8/25/14
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    "Amazing Listen Totally Enthralling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    It was captivating I couldn't wait to get back to listening and find out what was happening I don't normally do reviews but this book was the best I've listened to in ages


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HobyI could just imagine him he was alive for me. The narration the descriptive feel of him


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I loved it all


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

    Yes absolutely I couldn't wait to get back to it


    Any additional comments?

    Just download it and start listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    8/21/14
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    "Brilliantly read / performed"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    I almost gave up on the Goldfinch, but after the first 25% or so the story became much more interesting and, oh my, what a great reading. The narrator makes all the characters come alive. This is a long novel (the paperback is over 800 pages) so you have to pace yourself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story is a 1st person narrative of Theodore Decker and how he experiences and reacts to the events in his life, encompassing several decades. He has an eventful life, with much good and bad befalling him, but the skill in the writing is that it makes it relevant to everyone's life and how we react to circumstances and events.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    One of the best audiobook narrations I've come across. Each character in the novel is given a unique voice. This brings the book alive (without making it seem like a play or staging)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Hamilton, United Kingdom
    8/18/14
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    "Lives up to the hype"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    It was totally absorbing and not what I expected it to be. The characters were well rounded and relatable, the story harsh at times but honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author painted a picture that pulls you in to Theo's world and you feel part of it all. By the end of the book I actually missed being part of the characters life.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    It was well voiced with each voice fitting the character


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

    Join Theo on the ride of his life


    Any additional comments?

    Some reviews have said this book is longwinded and it is but that adds to the depth of characters and situations. Buy the book you won't want to stop listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen Wells
    8/14/14
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    "Fabulous!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narration brought the story to life.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    One of the best audio performances ever. David Pittu was fantastic. He captured the voices/personalities of each person perfectly, whether it be male or female.


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

    Absolutely. Unfortunately I had to sleep occasionally!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    WEST BYFLEET, United Kingdom
    8/12/14
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    "Intriging Story"

    This is an incredibly good book, the story in itself is very very good, I did not like the occasional monologues, and I did not like the ending when you did not find out what happened to some people, I wanted it neatened up. But very good listening, and the plot stays with you when you are not listening, and you need to know what happens to the main character. The painting the books is about is a real painting so when there is a lot about it, it is nice to actually look at it on line. David Pittu is brilliant as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disgruntled again
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/12/14
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    "Donna Tartt really gets the lost soul of the boy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. In this story, some dramatic things happen early on, and seemingly fleeting early moments have huge impacts throughout our first person narrator's life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Theo's relationships with first his mother, his friend Boris, Pippa, the wealthy NY Barbour family who take him in, and most of all the care shown to him by Welty's business partner Hobie and how they come to appreciate one another.


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

    This was the first time I have heard him read, but he was excellent.


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

    You couldn't possibly do it in one go, as it's 30 hours or more, but I am already starting again from the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    The first Donna Tartt book I got from Audible was The Secret History which has some parallels with The Goldfinch as both feature a bright, only child, boy growing up, and not really fitting in. Theo Decker here manages to make himself a success, particularly with the assistance of the friends he makes, some of whom you probably wouldn't expect to be of much help! I am absolutely amazed at her delicate understanding of how relationships develop, and cannot recommend this book highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pj
    Leicester
    8/7/14
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    "As complex as a stained glass window"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Goldfinch ranks as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to so far, and I listen to many. One expects a novel by Donna Tartt to be outstanding, and so it is. The settings are finely drawn, so that you feel transported to each location - sight, sound and smells are described in such detail, yet with a light touch. The characters are engaging, Theo especially. I enjoyed every minute of the audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second audiobook of Ms Tartt's work that I have listened to, the previous being Secret Histories, for which Ms Tartt was the reader, which I found detracted from the audiobook given that the narrator is male. I am very pleased that for this book an actor was chosen as the reader - David Pittu's performance enhanced my enjoyment - if Ms Tartt had been the reader I would not have chosen to 'read' The Goldfinch as an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alex
    London, United Kingdom
    8/5/14
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    "I want to listen again!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The book is fantastic – my first experience of Tartt and I will certainly read more – but the brilliant narration is what really charmed me. I'm an actress so bad voice work drives me bananas, and Pittu's characterisation is something to be admired. Really made it come to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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