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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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    7/20/15
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    "Beautiful prose, wonderful narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Extraordinarily immersive


    Would you recommend The Goldfinch to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - but only to certain friends. This book will not be for anyone who only enjoys a light read. It's a commitment, reading a book like this.


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

    In particular his charaterisations of Hobie and Boris really bring them to life. Amazing narration.


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

    One boy's struggle to find his way in life


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  • kevimh
    7/20/15
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    "Another good Donna Tartt"

    A very long book which I nearly have up on in the early chapters but the story comes together in a very interesting way. Great characters!

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  • jon de bolt
    united kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Fantastic."

    A beautiful Novel that only comes around once a Decade.
    Read it, you'll be drawn in.

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  • Z. Gray
    7/20/15
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    "Great Narration"
    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The characterisation is fantastic, you would think there were several different narrators


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

    If it were physically possible yes


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  • Kawie1
    Longford, Ireland
    7/20/15
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    "The Goldfinch"

    Dark, very very dark. Fascinating read but don't expect to many laughs or a heart warming read.

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  • Lizzie
    7/19/15
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    "Engaging and satisfying, a little slow"

    Great for long journeys in the car - can drift a little and still follow everything that's happening. The narrator is excellent and the story complete and satisfying. Favourite character is Hobie, hands down ☺️

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    7/14/15
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    "Rather depressing story, Amazing narrator!!!"

    This book was recommended by a friend. Personally, I found the story very depressing.. But the narration was so amazing! David Pittu brought all the characters to life. If it wasn't for the narration, I am not sure if I would have finished this book..

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  • Louise
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    6/30/15
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    "Astounding achievement"

    Wonderful book - incredibly strong narrative, intelligent and compelling. Will go on my top ten list.

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  • Jessica
    6/28/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Cannot recommend enough. Great story line. Narrator does a fantastic job personalizing the characters. Highly entertaining until the very end!

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    6/27/15
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    "Too much description"

    Struggled through. Too much description for an enjoyable listen. Luckily excellent narrator made it possible.

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