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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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    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 07-02-15
    MobileMinx Kent, WA, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2011

    Reading with no hands!

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    "Striking Story Like The Goldfinch"

    I waited for this tale to settle and make its mark on me. A weighty tome with more than thirty-two Audible hours, there was a lot to digest.

    Quite simply, this was an epic attempt to show us the unpredictability and wonder of life. Alternately marvelous and menacing, we watch how a singular event has a ripple effect.

    A young boy, the apple of his mother's eye, shares his journey as it results from a tragic and traumatic nomen in his youth. Stretching from New York to Las Vegas to Russia and Denmark, this saga forces us to consider where we'd align our choices with his and where we think we'd diverge.

    A large cast of secondary characters add suspense, humor, heartbreak and redemption. The narrator Pittu handles the diverse crew ably. In a story this long, he never failed to present the right tone, tempo and timbre.

    The Goldfinch will stand the test of time. I'll not be surprised to hear my future grandchildren complaining about having to read it in their high school English class, trying to secure the Cliff Notes in order to avoid reading such a long book.

    It's erudite and literary. It's luminous and deep. It shimmers like the painting at the story's core!

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    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 07-01-15
    Kathleen Enid, OK, United States 07-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Just someone who likes a little bit of everything but mostly Sci-Fi/fantasy & Mystery Thrillers. I love Audiobooks because it makes whatever project I'm working on a little more enjoyable. I only wish I could leave reviews on books that I didn't get from Audible..I need another tb....

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    "Call me Plebeian, but..."

    Not quite sure what all the raving was about. Maybe I'm just not erudite enough...but there were an awfully lot of words coming from this whining kid, when half of them would have been sufficed.
    Theo is supposed to be highly intelligent and sometimes you see that but, he is really slow on the "uptake". There were times I wanted to knock him in the head myself.....
    I had to get halfway into the book, and I wanted to put it down several times, before it got interesting. Just too many words to say so little. Just a lot his rambling self indulgent thoughts. The whole last chapter is a good example, but I stayed with it just to see if he got out of his mess... but that's not for me to tell

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    tonya scheinberg Texas 07-01-15
    tonya scheinberg Texas 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I drowned in words."

    It would have been a great book if it was three times shorter. It is hard to express yourself laconically but all good authors at least try.

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    Austin 07-01-15
    Austin 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant story telling"

    One of my all time favorite books. The author has a wonderful way of moving the story along. Many popular books use gimmicks to keep the reader engaged. Something shocking at the end of the chapter. I roll my eyes when I read books like that, and then I turn the page and keep reading almost by force. I couldn't stop reading this book for the simple fact that I new the next page was going to be as wonderfully written as the one before, and filled with characters that I genuinely liked. Loved this book and it will be going on my "read it again" list.

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    Sharon 06-30-15
    Sharon 06-30-15
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    I kept listening in hopes it would get better, it didn't! Just didn't care for the boy, the story or any part of it. The narrator was ok, but had to give up

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    Ernest 06-30-15
    Ernest 06-30-15
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    "It's soooooooo long."

    That's it. I feel as if some of the story could of been cut out. Also Donna over explains everything. Most of the scenes with Boris are drawn out. So it makes the book some frustrating to get through. And you don't know why it's so long and detailed until the very end, which was even more annoying because if I had know in the beginning I wouldn't have let it bother me so much and I could of enjoyed the story even more. David Pittu on the other hand did an amazing job in the audio book!!! Wow!

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    Monique Boston, MA USA 06-28-15
    Monique Boston, MA USA 06-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Tartt is a master of dialogue!"

    Amazing book to listen to. Well deserving of the Pulitzer it received. I was spellbound throughout the thirty hours of this recording.

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    Shellian 06-26-15
    Shellian 06-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Richly captivating "

    This piece kept me captivated from the first page to the very last. Definitely a must read.

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    Karen 06-26-15
    Karen 06-26-15
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    "Modern & pertinent"

    I enjoyed the entire story. The characters developed wonderfully and I was constantly surprised by the turn of events. I will seek other books by this author.

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    Leah 06-25-15
    Leah 06-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    Overall entertaining enough, however I found the main character whiny and self righteous. Also the author seems to drone on and on and belabor too many points.

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