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The Goldfinch | [Donna Tartt]

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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    Texas Bob Pacific Grove, California USA 06-08-14
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    "Uniquely creative, enjoyable read"
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    This book kept showing up on lists of books to read. I decided to give it a shot. It is long, but well done. You do get involved with the characters, especially in audio. I am now looking at additional books written by this author.

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    Vikki Pennsylvania 06-07-14
    Vikki Pennsylvania 06-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fell in love!"

    I wouldn't have chosen this book if Audible hadn't suggested it.... not really my kind of story plot. Thank God I did purchase it! I'm almost to the end now and I know I'll be so sad when it's over. This story has pulled me in to the point of thinking about it constantly in between times I can listen to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a story that enfolds you and makes you fall in love with it. I certainly have!

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    Russell San Francisco, CA, United States 06-06-14
    Russell San Francisco, CA, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "David Pittu Redeems Himself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Like so many audiobooks, it forces you to take it more slowly and savor the good (or bad) writing. I would have liked it 3 hours shorter, but it was good fun


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His female characters were awful in some earlier books--I had to stop listening to Marriage Plot because they were as whiny and untruthful as Jim Dale's Hermione in the Harry Potter books. Pittu redeems himself with a marvellous assortment of accents, characterizations, and understanding. He richly deserves his accolades for this.


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    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14
    Roslyn Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada 06-05-14 Member Since 2006

    I absolutely love audiobooks. There is simply nothing like having someone read you an engrossing story; not to mention you can get things done while you listen. I always have one on the go.

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    "Still worth it"
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    I LOVED The Secret History so I bought this book on pre-order. It didn't disappoint...mostly. I don't say this lightly, because I check how long a book is before I buy it; I love long books BUT this one could have lost a few chapters near the end.

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    M 06-05-14
    M 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The reader overdoes it"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Donna Tartt's story and style speak for themselves. David Pittu's reading, while not melodramatic, does not allow the prose emerge on its own.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Pittu?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO!


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    Nusha 06-05-14
    Nusha 06-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Big Dissapointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one that I know


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    Not if she drawns her story into unending relentless manolags of useless pessimistic phylosophies


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one about the Romanian fortune teller


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

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    It took all the will power I could master to liten to the book to the end.

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    val Indiana, USA 06-04-14
    val Indiana, USA 06-04-14
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    "BUY THIS BOOK NOW"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was amazingly written and told. I loved the complexity of the charactors


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    loved the accents, loved the expression, i looked up other books that he does just so i can hear them in his voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Probbly the best book I've read in a very long time - and I was dragging my feet to get started reading it! I don't regret making myself give it a try!

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    Joan Becket, MA, United States 06-03-14
    Joan Becket, MA, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Just loved this book. Top of the heap"
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    Just did not want to put this book down. It started slowly but gained momentum. Lots of descriptive detail. Great narrator.


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    MaryAnn East New Market, MD, United States 06-03-14
    MaryAnn East New Market, MD, United States 06-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Struggled to stay with it"

    I heard so much rave reviews about this book, and yet when I began I found myself struggling to decide to stay with it or not. After the initial excitement in the start, the story follows along at great length with various stages of life the main character finds himself in. I sometimes found myself wanting the story to hurry along, bored with the current section I might be in. It was quite involved in the world of stolen art, of which I had no idea went on. It definitely picked up towards the end and I HAD to stay with it now to find out what would happen. I'm glad I finished it, ended up enjoying it, but might be hesitant to refer it to my friends.

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    Bruce Herr Santa Fe, New Mexico 06-02-14
    Bruce Herr Santa Fe, New Mexico 06-02-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Superb narration!"

    I will let the hundreds of other reviews speak to the book itself. I want to review the narration by David Pittu, which is superb. His pacing, his slightly gravelly voice, and his consistent and spot-on handling of dialogue are outstanding. I've been listening to audio books for over twenty years, and this is one of the best performances I've heard.

    OK, two comments about the book itself: good but not great. A great book would have eliminated the final thirty minutes or so of moralizing and let the listener draw her own conclusions about the deeper meanings. And as many other reviewers have commented, shorter would have been better.

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