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The Goldfinch | [Donna Tartt]

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - It's already been an amazing season for literary fiction - you can't go wrong with a new Jhumpa Lahiri novel, and Dave Eggers and Amy Tan will also be hitting our virtual shelves soon - but Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is truly one of the most anticipated books of the fall. I confess that I haven't been able to dig into it yet, but the early reviews I'm hearing from trusted colleagues have moved The Goldfinch to the top of my listening list. Sure it's long (ahem, credit-worthy), but the commitment is worth it, with the same intense suspense and character development that made The Secret History, Tartt's debut, a modern classic. —Diana D., Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Male, 2014

Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction, 2014

The author of the classic best-sellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

©2013 Donna Tartt (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays 13-year-old orphan Theo Decker with compassion, portraying his growing maturity in this story of grief and suspense…Pittu adds pathos to his depiction of the troubled Theo as he deals with addiction and finds himself in a dance with gangsters and the art world's darker dealers. (AudioFile)

"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." (New York Times)

"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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    H. Watanabe 05-29-15
    H. Watanabe 05-29-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A really beautiful story"

    The last time I really enjoyed a novel like this was with Beautiful Ruins.
    The poignant stories of the characters really pull you in. They feel real. No one is perfect no one is a bad guy. Even if characters are doing something "wrong" the way that it's written didn't make me feel angry or persuade me to dislike the character. It's all so beautifully written. I loved it.

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    Gregory Hladky 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Made me happy"

    I liked Boris the best. He was kewl and funny and the most real character in da book 2 me.

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    Patricia B McKeithen 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Still waiting"

    I'm still wondering what I just listened to although I'm glad I finished. I feel depressed by his continual losses and like I'm hungover from all of the drinking and drugs, and yet I so enjoyed the language and the insight into the world of art and antiquities. I'm left thankful that my own family is stable and intact, but wondering if the characters ever figured out the meaning of life. I think the author still hasn't figured it out after being raised a NYC Catholic (just a guess).

    I am intrigued enough to want to read the book in print in the future. Maybe I'll glean the insight I feel I'm missing, although I truly enjoyed the narrator's performance.

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    Joe 05-26-15
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    "Not worth a 32-hour investment."

    This book was simply not worth a 32 hour time of investment. While it is not a complete waste of prose, there are vastly better things to do with your time; or books to read.

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    Lemmon Louisville, Kentucky 05-26-15
    Lemmon Louisville, Kentucky 05-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "bad language, no sex scenes, let - down ending"

    superb performance. lots of bad language and drugs but no detailed sex scenes. The story was fine except I didn't like the ending.

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    AngelaS 05-25-15
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    "Retry good"

    I enjoyed the story, but felt it dragged some on the middle. The narration was excellent.

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    "Amazing narrative and great story"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    From the beginning the book gripped me and I didn't want to stop listening.


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

    I enjoyed Borys.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Goldfinch. David Pittu has amazing voices for all the characters. The story is really amazing and gives voice to damaged people who may never be mended.

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    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 05-20-15
    Patricia Auburn, CA, United States 05-20-15

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    "Whew"

    "The Goldfinch" could easily be cut in half. I don't think the author left a single adjective unused, making a long, tedious listening experience.

    I found the main character difficult to like, and I grew tired of listening to his self absorbed rantings.

    The author seemed to have been trying to make a statement about life, tied in, of course, to the chained little bird of the painting, but it made little sense to me, just full of too many words.

    The reader perform really well. I loved his many different voices, but it wasn't enough for a good recommend.

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    Russell Houston, TX, United States 05-19-15
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    "Awesome story."

    Tartt's character development is awesome. I know and see these people. Deep. Luck? Fate? What informs our decisions?

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    "You should hear this narration. Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes read this. The narration takes the story to a new dimension.


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

    Absolutely. A fantastic listen. A narrator that gives you live theatre, and an interesting story too


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

    No but I will be now


    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous. 5 stars

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