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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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    2/16/15
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    "Love it..."

    I love this book. It is so well read. I have listened to it twice already!

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  • Amazon Customer
    2/3/15
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    "Great book"

    Very absorbing story rich in detail. The story twists and turns. I will miss it. Beautifully read!!

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  • Jenfadee
    Colchester, UK
    2/1/15
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    "L"

    Very enjoyable and well narrated. I will remember this book l l l l l l l l l l l

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  • Gruffalo
    1/18/15
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    "Amazing novel"

    This really is one of the best books I've read. I wanted to know what happened and never wanted it to end all at once.

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  • Jim Gott
    1/10/15
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    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    This isn't the usual kind of book that I listen too, but I thought that it was great. It takes a little to get into at the start, but after that the prose just carries along beautifully.


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

    The mix of characters was good, lots of different personalities and motivations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ros
    1/6/15
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    "Wonderful book"

    I've listened to this book twice already and will listen again. The performance of the reader is outstanding. Wonderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    1/5/15
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    "Loved it"

    Had previously read Secret History by Donna Tartt so was expecting great stuff and wasn't disappointed . Lengthy book listened to over a number of months but loved every bit of it.

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  • Diana
    1/3/15
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    "Too long and rather depressing"

    I made myself keep listening but to be honest got bored about a third of the way in. The pace is very slow, the narration suited to the story but somewhat depressing, the language is evocative but personally I felt the symbolism was a bit laboured. Ultimately I didn't care what happened to Theo or any of the characters by the end.

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  • mancbella
    1/2/15
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    "ultimately disappointing"

    I was very hooked into this book for the most part but sadly struggled with the final chapters. which dragged on unnecessarily.

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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

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