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The Goldfinch Audiobook

The Goldfinch

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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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    Tobin 09-05-16
    Tobin 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extraordinarily beautiful."

    I could go on and on about what an extraordinary book this is, however, I will merely say that the writing, the story, the richness of the characters, combined with the utterly breathtaking performance, come together to create nothing short of a masterpiece. What an honor and a privilege it is to have experienced this audiobook. I am truly blown away.

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    DRP1427 09-04-16
    DRP1427 09-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very good"

    this book is very good, they should make a book out of it, gotta read

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    Nin Los Angeles, CA 08-30-16
    Nin Los Angeles, CA 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too long, too slow, too overwritten"
    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    The beginning of the book immediately got me hooked and I thought I would be in for a good story given it's got great reviews.


    What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

    It was way too overwritten and it dragged on and on and on and on and on and on. I kept hoping that something big would happen but I had that feeling all the way til the very end of the book. I almost gave up finishing it but I was at the 6 hours left mark and thought I should but let me tell you that it was really painful to make it to the end.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

    Every scene could have been shorten by not obsessively describing every single tiny detail/feeling/scenario to death. The book could have easily been at least 6 hours shorter.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother if you're looking for something to keep you awake. I had to stop listening many times because it was simply too boring to keep my attention. 30 hours is a really long audio book and I kept stopping and wishing it would just end. I almost begged for it to end. It was really painful to make it to the end but since I spent a credit on it, I felt the need to just let it play while coming in and out of paying attention to the rambling.

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    Chris Marsh Marsh Atlanta, Ga USA 08-27-16
    Chris Marsh Marsh Atlanta, Ga USA 08-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Long winded at times"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again, but no time soon as this is a book that will stay with you for a while.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hobie was my favorite character. Her very much remind me if Hagrid from the Harry Potter series


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Never annoying


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    Boris. He is well developed character, always entertaining, and usually not associated with full stretches of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good book, but long winded in numerous parts.
    First 500 pages of the book are good, but last half of the book is when book gets to the can't put it down part.

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    Karen Smith WOODS CROSS, UTAH, US 08-25-16
    Karen Smith WOODS CROSS, UTAH, US 08-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "I couldn't even finish the book, it's so bad."

    Coming from a person who finishes EVERYTHING I start, it says a lot about the book if I didn't finish it. I am OCD about finishing things and really struggled with giving up on this book because of that. This book was so bad and so boring and even contrived that I just couldn't listen to one more word. I don't know if the narrator wad good or not because he didn't have much to work with. Take everything negative that can happen to a person and dump it on one boy then instead having him gain character from it, have him use drugs and alcohol as a Teenager to escape and make it sounds attractive and fun to become an addict. I literally hated this book and would not recommend wasting your time or money on it.

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    Olga A. Ryerson 08-23-16

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    "Well written and entertaining"

    Really enjoyed The Goldfinch. Nice array of characters and very well performed. It was long, but had great detail.

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    Ruth D. 08-23-16
    Ruth D. 08-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Good, but Not "Great""

    Having read reviews which referred to this book as "Dickension" perhaps I had "Great Expectations".

    More probably the reviewers were saying "The Goldfinch" is Dickension in length. The novel's plot is very good and the characterizations were excellent. Compared to other books of this type, "The Goldfinch" deserves an excellent rating. I do agree with the reviews which say better editing could have made for a shorter, but no less compelling, story.

    What bothers me most is that the author felt it was necessary to essentially explain the symbolism and theme of the book at the end. Good art does not need an explanation! Most of us are quite able to draw our own conclusions. In any case, its far better for one to be encouraged to think for one's self. From a practical perspective, how can literature students or book groups discuss a novel when the author has already told us what it means?

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    Josh Austin 08-22-16
    Josh Austin 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "was a great story!"

    really enjoyed every minute of this story. it takes you all over the place emotionally. really good narrator too. would highly recommend.

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    rah 08-21-16
    rah 08-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible"

    This narrator is awful. His "Puerto Rican" and "Asian" accents are so dumb and embarrassing. I thought I could suffer through it for the sake of the story because I generally try to finish everything I start. But the story is also incredibly boring. The only description that comes to mind is basic. I've never been able to accurately predict the next sentence so many times in a row.

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    Vincent 08-18-16
    Vincent 08-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One sentence review."

    If you can get past the wordiness and self indulgence of the author you will enjoy the story and resolution at the end.

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