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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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    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
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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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    Debau 05-06-16
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    "Ridiculously long"
    What would have made The Goldfinch better?

    Get to the point! WAY to long and drawn out.


    Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from this writier.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was the only thing that kept me going for as long as I did.


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

    Disappointment. I am not sure how it garnered such high reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I was listening through Audbile, I could not finish it. I looked up the plot on Wikipedia, got the end of the story, so I can move on to something less tedious.

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    Shari 05-06-16
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    "Excellent"

    One of my all time favorite audiobooks. Great modern literature and a superb performance. Loved the words and reading so much I could listen to it over and over again.

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    Lisa Judge 05-05-16
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    "Gold !!!!!"

    Suffice to say that upon nearing the end of a second listen, nestled in my sofa chair, Kindle clutched against my breast, I wept having to let the each and every character I had come to love, go.

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    Amazon Customer MADISONVILLE, TX, United States 04-29-16
    Amazon Customer MADISONVILLE, TX, United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "It felt like it was 30 years long"

    I realize that you are forewarned that it is 32.5 hours long but it felt like the author accounted every single day of the 30+ years of Theo's life.

    Nothing is left to reader/listeners imagination as she painstakingly details every single sight, sound, thought, touch or taste.

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    Rae Jung 04-27-16
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    "Belabored and expository, but great narration"

    Narrated beautifully and expressively. Tartt, however, belabors her point(s) and over works the language in a way that weighs down her ideas... i.e. way too much paint goops up the image on the canvas.

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    James Adams PHOENIX, AZ, US 04-27-16
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    "A Masterpiece"

    Narrated to perfection, this story swept me up by the first chapter, soaring and swooping, tasting every emotion conjured with a deft balance. Even as in the end it calls one to consider our fleeting concerns in contrast to timeless treasures, I reveled with each turn of the tale portrayed by this author. I discovered the wisdom of Boris in seeing the good even in scoundrels like Theo's dad and "Xandra", fell in love with Hobie and Pip, and finally - came to realize there are gifts left by masters just waiting to be celebrated and appreciated. This is one of them.

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