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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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    Very good. unexpected , not dark and negative at first glance; rather thought provoking.

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    Lindsey NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 01-16-17
    Lindsey NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 01-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Skillful writer, but too lengthy for the story that it told."

    It was well-written; the author clearly has skill, which is appreciated. But, the story spent a long time telling not so much. It could have been more compelling if shortened, and less extraneous details were included. After investing 30 hours listening, I felt let down in the end. I did speed up the reading to 1.5 times halfway through because I felt like I was just trying to get through it at that point.

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    Andrew 01-15-17
    Andrew 01-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth the read"

    I think this is a great book overall. Sure the details get a bit cumbersome at times but the author has a strategy and at the ending you will feel like you've gained something.

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    Irma 01-13-17
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    "Couldn't do it- couldn't finish"

    So long, so wordy!! And yet so vague- it was hard to understand what was really happening. It takes forever to get anywhere. I can't believe this book got such high review. I felt like I was listening to a story told by a 10 year old where she says "and then...., and then..., and then...."Sorry. Narrator did a fine job.

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    "Wow! Great book - fantastic narration"

    I can definitely see how this book earned a Pulitzer. It was very compelling and I was sad when the more than 30 hours of audio was drawing to a close.

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    Wade 01-11-17
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    "Perfection"

    Everything about this experience was perfection. The beautiful words and story were brought to life by a truly great narrator. Masterpieces like this are few and far between and I would recommend that anyone curious about this novel do themselves the pleasure of bringing it into your life. You will not regret it.

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    Carol B. 01-10-17
    Carol B. 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bravo!"

    Such flowing descriptions, well formed characters, depth, meaning and truth all wrapped up in a fascinating story. The narration is extraordinary! My deep appreciation to both author and narrator for this wondrous journey.

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    Cindy 01-09-17
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    tried very very hard on this one. wanted it to be better it wasn't.

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    Adonna BOCA RATON, FL, US 01-08-17
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    "Amazing Performance by David Pittu"
    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    I absolutely loved Boris! Such a great character! Really rough around the edges but truly a gold heart.


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    This was a very long listen but a great story. It started out slow and I was eagerly anticipating the many twists and turns but once it got going I really enjoyed it. The performance by David Pittu really brought the depth of Donna Tartt's characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

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    KayWA 01-08-17
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    I enjoy the characters in the story and the way in which the story is told. I enjoyed Arts & Antiques both of which are featured in the story.

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