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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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  • f e primarolo
    Europe
    7/23/15
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    "One of my favourite books ever"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As in my headline this is one of my favourite ever books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who won't love the flawed genius of Theo's best friend, Boris


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    David Pittu's performance brought the characters luminously alive for me. I can only fault one little thing - I just wish he'd mixed a wash of Australian into Boris' accent. It is a tricky call though, australo/russian!


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

    Most of the end I was in tears. The bitter poignancy of the two contrasting ways that Theo and Boris handled life, Thanatos v. Eros. And I was so sorry to get to the end of the book and have to leave them behind.


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen reviews that criticise the length of the book but I disagree. Donna Tartt's rich detail is part of what I love. I was never bored, I've listened to it twice and no doubt will go back there again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly Rice
    7/21/15
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    "Quietly endearing but weak ending"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    No need to listen again. A beautifully told story but not compelling enough for a second listen


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

    Classic bildungsroman


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His characterisation was superb, the voices didn't jar at all and made the story come alive


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

    No! It was over 30 hours long!


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was self serving and meandering, but before that the plot was interesting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    London
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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 ☺️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sung
    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • louise@krupski.demon.co.uk
    London, England
    6/30/15
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    "Astounding achievement"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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