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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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    Steve 07-02-16
    Steve 07-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    I have listened to this on audio book twice. I highly recommend. Great novel!

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    Chantel Cornell 06-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"

    Well thought out story, even with a few twists you may not see coming. Fully developed characters who were completely brought to life by the wonderful narrator . Was a bit wordy at times with dizzying descriptions.

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    Julie 06-30-16
    Julie 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Editor Should Have Gutted the Book"
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    No. Tedious. Overwritten. Details serving absolutely no purpose. Where was the editor?


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stopped repeating sentences with "like". Not gone into so much detail about how slowly the old man died. Cut out half the sentences. The story barely held together at some points. Irrational, unrealistic actions by the main character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I cringed when the narrator did a woman's voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I hung in there hoping to see why the book is popular. The ending just droned on and on about painting and how it relates to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The voice for Boris and his dialogue were interesting and gave me something to enjoy.

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    Linda M. Nelson 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "diapointed"

    I really didn't want to take the time to write a review on this book comma because I really didn't enjoy it. I didn't even finish it. to me it was just a lot of adolescent boys talking to one another about the things they talk to each other about which I have no interest in. actually I found it irritating and couldn't finish it. I felt bad that I had spent the money on buying the book

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    donna 06-27-16
    donna 06-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing store you won't put it down."

    This story is full of twists and turns that will keep you interested. Some times so sad curious. What's gone to happen next.

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    efrantz 06-27-16
    efrantz 06-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "interesting and well written"

    loved this book! excellent narration, great story telling, and gripping. main characters are full, real people who the writer really takes time to get you to understand.

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    TenaC. Stanton, KY, US 06-24-16
    TenaC. Stanton, KY, US 06-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "whew"

    A very long winded book. It was fine, however I would not read it again. The narration, however, made it worth the time.

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    Olga 06-22-16
    Olga 06-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretentious rambling snd a thin storyline cannot be saved by a great performance"

    Donna Tartt certainly can write a vivid description of a place, a character, a painting or inclement weather. The problem with this novel for me was that in the last third of the book she turns into a moral philosopher and essayist, and a rather bland and predictable one.
    What starts as a dramatic story with vivid characters rather quickly dissolves into a cautionary tale about child abandonment which becomes less and less believable and more and more didactic.
    Then it turns into a fast paced detective story which fights and gun shots and as soon as that base is covered turns into an endless row of essays about place of art in our culture, the meaning of life itself
    While the hero loves how a painter "shows how his picture was drawn", it ruins the magic of the book, when you can see how the book is cobbled together and attempts to cover all the bases
    The reader is great. I would not have listened to the end if it weren't for his wonderful performance.

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    Gina 06-21-16
    Gina 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it."

    I looked forward to this book every day...the narration was superb...story, although hard to believe fully at times (main character too young to think or act certain ways perhaps?)...was suspenseful but not overly. I was so hopeful for Theo. I had to accept the ending of course, but struggled with it. Goldfinch, please come eat out of the feeder I purchased...ironic how you don't; yet.

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    Mason 06-17-16
    Mason 06-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator completely nails it!"

    Best performance I've heard in 3 years of listening to audiobooks. In addition to an impressive range of voices, David Pittu has a very keen I interpretation of the dialogue- a subtle and exceptional understanding of each character's state of mind. Proof positive to me that I would have enjoyed this book less were I reading it to myself, hah!

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