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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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    David 05-23-16
    David 05-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish I had just read the cliff notes..."

    Once I started the book, I had this weird need to listen to the end, begrudgingly. The character is is a mess and hard to like. He continues to make bad decision after bad decision. I don't know why I wanted to hear the end, but I felt compelled... And I was frustrated every time I realized I still had hours left to listen to. Also, it irked me to no end that the author kept repeating phrases like 'punch drunk'.

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    Debbie Fleckinger 05-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have and she's listening to it.
    I'm not an aspiring writer (as I believe many other reviewers may be), so I'm not going to be as eloquent as some others, but this book was just so compelling and it drew me in so completely. It's been over a year since I've listened to it and I've been searching for a book to listen to that would stick with me as this one has. Still searching.


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

    I thought he was a wonderful narrator. Every book I listen to gives me a different experience than if I read it. I can't make this comparison because I enjoy reading as well as listening in equal measure but in different ways.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I guess since it's over a year later and I'm still thinking about this book, that could be considered an extreme reaction. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I just want more like it.

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    Erin 05-23-16
    Erin 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of best books on Audible hands down"

    Incredible narration, beautiful, intense story...honestly I could not stop listening. It's long but worth every minute. I'm in love with this book and this audible performance.

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    Catherine 05-18-16
    Catherine 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book this year!"

    Shear poetry.... Rich in imagination and depth of thought. The characters and the storyline kept me so enthralled I was very sorry when the journey was over

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    PRB 05-17-16
    PRB 05-17-16

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    "Interesting plot, but long"

    I had thought this would be more of a mystery book, but it was largely teenage angst, lack communication errors, mistrust and forgiveness. interesting enough for me to finish, but not one I'd quickly recommend unless you have a lot of time! the end was good enough, but ditched the plot in favor of philosophy and wordiness.

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    Sarah Manchester 05-16-16
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    "Gripping and rich with meaning"

    Overall, this was a very gripping story and I wanted to read on, even though it wasn't a comfortable, kind of feel good story. In Fact, it was quite uncomfortable, but the character development of Theo Decker was quite exquisite. The audible reader was superb! There was rich meaning to the painting and Theo's relationship with his mother and overall abandonment. It was a good read and I do recommend this story to anyone.

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    Gene Oak Park, CA, United States 05-14-16
    Gene Oak Park, CA, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2002

    Favorites: Invention of Wings, Cutting for Stone, All the Light We Cannot See

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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 15 %


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theo. Complex and interesting character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Confrontation with Boris


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Unwrapping package


    Any additional comments?

    This book is multi leveled--there's more than meets the eye. I held out for a long time before reading it because I thought the sample was boring. But the acclaim of other readers finally persuaded me to read it.

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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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