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The Goldfinch Audiobook

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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    carmen day Andalusia, AL United States 05-14-16
    carmen day Andalusia, AL United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2015

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    "fantastic"

    a wonderful read. I travel an hour or so to work and actually looked forward to the drive because of audio. I would love to see it made into a movie. or perhaps a movie would not do it justice. the performer did an excellent piece of work. kudos all the way around. hated for it to end.

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    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 05-14-16
    Joseph Somerset, Kentucky, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

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    "Saved by the last 100 pages"
    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He was superb. Incredible tonation and variety of accents. Certainly a perfect Boris.


    Any additional comments?

    I was less than impressed until the irony of it all came together. Sometimes lots of bad does have to happen to allow a good to occur.. Irony and the simple incredible beauty of a painting to transcend space and time, and maybe give us a glimpse of our Creator, are what in the end, made this book worthwhile. Still not as good as the best John Irving or Charles Dickens, whom I am quite sure Ms. Tartt aspires to story tell like.

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    Mayita 05-13-16
    Mayita 05-13-16 Member Since 2011

    Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!

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    "Huh."

    While the characters were compelling, and the story interesting, I just don't get what all the fuss was about. If I had been reading this instead of listening to it I'm not sure I would have made it all the way through.

    As you might gather, I found the narration spectacular. The different men, the women, and the accents contributed to a truly engrossing listening experience, and I will definitely be looking for more books read by David Pittu. I'll give Donna Tart another try as well because I did enjoy the book, but I'm not sure I'll ever get why this one was on so many top 10 lists.

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    Kafwood Ithaca, New York United States 05-10-16
    Kafwood Ithaca, New York United States 05-10-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Cumbersome, but sometimes brilliant"

    I think this story would have benefited from aggressive editing. It's also a psychologically dark story. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, it's just that it feels like it drags.

    The narrator gives it his all, doing "voices" for all the different characters. I find this to be tiresome. I so often wish people would just read the story.

    This brings me to a strong suggestion for Audible… Please provide examples in the sample listening of different gendered voices if the reader is acting the parts rather than just reading the story. It's distracting and annoying when the characters of the opposing sex to the narrator are read badly. Women narrators trying to stretch to lower registers and male narrators doing female characters with nasal voices is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It inserts something into the storyline, often stereotypical, that was not meant to be there by the author.

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    Vikki 05-09-16
    Vikki 05-09-16
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    "Beautifully written and performed, this is a story for the ages."

    Through intimate character development and thrilling denuement, Tartt blurs the lines between truth and perception, joy and sorrow, hero and criminal, love and obsession.
    Pittu's lilting voice provides depth and humor as he easily switches accents among the characters.
    The Goldfinch is timeless.

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    Marcela P. Vizcaya San Clemente, California 05-08-16
    Marcela P. Vizcaya San Clemente, California 05-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    Love it, a great story, and the narrator couldn't be better, the different voices, accents and emotions... a must read, or listen

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    RLS 05-07-16
    RLS 05-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    I loved this book. The description of every thing was so clean and full that I really felt like I was there every moment. I didn't want it to end.

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    Helen C. Tomilson 05-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Goldfinch review"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    No. Much as I loved how the reader made this book come alive, there were several times I thought "Why do I keep listening to this?" I found the main character was not compelling. There was light in the story when Hobie was involved, but those were brief moments. The author's writing is beautiful and her story telling was lovely, but the story itself, "Meh."


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    juditalma Budapest, Hungary 05-06-16
    juditalma Budapest, Hungary 05-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "The most profound experience"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Really hard to describe the book or the story, but Reading it was the most profound experience for me- I am still trying to find a similar book that has this effect on me! Highly recommend it, but pls give it time, it is a long book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Undescribable meaning


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

    The Russian friend


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    Bethany 05-06-16
    Bethany 05-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful"

    I loved this book! reading was amazing and the detail the author puts into this is incredible.

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