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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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    sunday blossom 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved the writing"

    The writing is rich and excellent. The narrator is great as the male characters but I found his female characters too masculine sounding which bothered me.

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    Laurie 08-07-16
    Laurie 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Depressing"

    The book went into way to much detail way too often. I do not believe too many people would be able to function intelligently with the over excess of drugs used in this book. It was way too long and I would not recommend it to anyone! If I had actually been reading it, I do not think I would have gotten past the first half of the book.

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    debbie ortiz 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Goldfinch"

    The Goldfinch is a beautifully written story. Although it is long, there was not a chapter, page, paragraph, or word that could have been spared.
    The well developed characters take us into very interesting and unusual situations.
    The narration was excellent. I especially loved the voice of Boris. Not only was his accent (s) melodious, but the timing and tone of his conversations were perfectand consistent. I always like to assign a voice to the characters in whatever book I am reading. To me I can visualize the character in a more developed way.
    But since I have been in the Audiobook club I find the narrator can add so much more dimension to the character than I have ever been able to do alone.

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    L. Dreyer 08-02-16
    L. Dreyer 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written but DARK"

    Don't read this if you have a tendency toward depression. Interesting story but so much sadness.

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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 08-01-16
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 08-01-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Thrilling"

    Though the beginning makes the book seem as if it's a YA novel, keep listening! The narrator is definitely on point and I found myself imitating and talking back. You are taken on a journey -- within, and outside of the U.S. The tidbits of information on artists/painting was not of particular interest to me, but aids in relating with Theo and his obsession with this painting. There is all the pathos and life of real life described in this novel and it makes me rethink some things. I love criminal drama, and this book even has that in it. It's a stellar book. I've listened twice and know that I will listen again.

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    Alishia penk 08-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Would have been great...if it was half as long"

    This was an amazing story, however the book was so long and drawn out that I really did not enjoy reading it. I am not sure how this became a best seller. Ultimately i found myself feeling sorry for the main characters as they all left the story somewhat broken and never really getting what they wanted in life.

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    noreen sass 07-30-16
    noreen sass 07-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a struggle "

    a struggle, found it disjointed and lost main thread because of deep descriptions

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    Mandy 07-26-16
    Mandy 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "why is this so popular?"

    honestly i do not get the hype on this book. Just as racist, anti-semitic and homophobic slurs are not accepted sexist slurs should not be accepted as well. Just another author that has no problems with sexist slurs.

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    Nancy W. 07-24-16
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    "I tried to listen to it but found it very boring, Started it several times and could not stick with it."

    The way the reader read the part of the woman sounded like a drag queen. Really. It was distracting. That's just how it struck me.

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    adria 07-19-16
    adria 07-19-16
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    "Dense, swift, intoxicating drama"

    As intoxicating as this story is in its own right, the narrator does an exceptional job of bringing it to life. I highly recommend it.

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