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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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    Klara 08-30-15
    Klara 08-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "don't waste your time."

    tragically well received, an adolescents' novel peddled to adults. not worth the painstaking 30something hours.

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    Avery Steele 08-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing book, Amazing Performance"
    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    The story and its characters are so masterfully crafted.. so believable. It's heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. It feels so real.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but this was beyond doubt the best audiobook performance I've ever heard. You just have to listen to agree with me.. He's very talented. So many different voices, and accents. So much emotion. Honestly, he's ruined all other audiobooks for me, because no one else is as good as him! Seriously, it's just an awesome performance.


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

    Both. I also had PTSD from a bombing...and the author just depicts it perfectly for me. In the moments that it's mentioned (because it isn't mentioned too often), I gasp and say, 'exactly...exactly..' It put into words something I was never able to articulate.But beyond that, the life story of this guy is just so real. It makes you think about life over time. It makes you think about change and tragedy and how a person deals with it over the years. How your life moves on but you're still living with it. How things turned out differently, for better or for worse. It made me think of forgiveness and friendship and death. I don't know how to explain it but this book changed me. After listening to the audiobook, I immediately went to the bookstore to purchase the hard copy too. I intend to re-read it soon.


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    Jackie 08-27-15
    Jackie 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    An enjoyable read. Will listen again. Narrator is great too! Looking for more like this.

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    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 08-26-15
    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 08-26-15 Member Since 2015

    I have an English degree, but do not work in the field. I read and I write, but I mostly read.

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    "Nearly Perfect!"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    This book is very well crafted as it pertains to art and people. Everyone is authentic and brings a new color to this epic tapestry. Ms. Tartt uncovers the link between mistakes and regret. She shows us that good can be found anywhere; in a bad person, in a drug addict, in an act of violence, and under the rubble of a factory explosion. The choices of the protagonist drive the story as much as his universe does. He is in a very violent universe and he responds out of love and regret. Not all bad choices end badly, but most do. Not all hopes are fulfilled, but some are. As the story progresses, however, I came to see him as a family member. I didn't like his choices, but it didn't matter, I still liked him and I wanted him to succeed. I will listen to this story again.


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    Barbara Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-25-15
    Barbara Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2011

    I'm a SAHM with a passion for books. But raising 4 kids leaves me with little time to read. Enter audible and I am a happy camper!

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    "Loved this book"

    Why can't all books be this well written?

    A wonderful performance by David Pittu - he gave soul to each character and brought them to life.

    A beautifully written book. I highly recommend.

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    Lisa D. Luster 08-25-15
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    "Slow"

    I found this book to be very slow with endless, unnecessary detail that never becomes relevant later. Could have been much shorter. It is mostly dialogue and a very simple writing style. The narrator did and excellent job of voicing the various characters and his accents were spot on.

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    Kevspark76 08-24-15
    Kevspark76 08-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Too Long. Read the Abridged Version"

    This book started off good. Overall it's a good story line, but way too long starting at about 9 hours in. Half the book is written from the main characters drug induced reality. I couldn't grasp how one could manage for so long in such a stupor. If you can, get the abridged version I think it would be much better.

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    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 08-19-15
    M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. 08-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One Of the Best Books and Narrators!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and became very wrapped up in the story. The beginning of the book in the museum is so realistically portrayed, that when I went to an art museum a couple days after reading this part of the novel, I felt an uneasiness. That's how you know a book is convincingly written! There are many well-defined characters - my favorite is the resilient Boris, Theo's Russian friend, who lives in the moment. I didn't know that The Goldfinch was a real painting until I checked online. Tartt weaves an interesting story around the painting and through the main character, Theo, has some thoughtful philosophical musings about the importance of art in our lives. I found this novel entertaining as well as good discussion fodder for my book group.

    David Pittu won an Audie Award for his narration, and deservedly so. His voicing of the characters was splendid - it was amazing that he was able to come up with so many "voices". I especially liked his voicing of Boris and Hobie.

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    Brian D 08-19-15
    Brian D 08-19-15
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    "Great Read/Listen"

    Loved the story. Had a hard time putting it down. Wonderfully written and easy to follow.

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    Dixie J. Singer 08-17-15

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    "Entertaining, not great"

    Although the story and narration were good, it would not be on my "Must Read" list

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