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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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    Richard Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-17-15
    Richard Morgan Hill, CA, United States 08-17-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book"

    This is one of the very best books on tape I've heard. It is very entertaining, with lots of exciting plot twists. The narration was outstanding. It definitely gets two thumbs up!

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    Rita 08-16-15
    Rita 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    I have never been so depressed by anything I have read. There wasn't anything uplifting about this book & I was very disappointed in it & would never recommend it to anyone.

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    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 08-15-15
    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 08-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Haunting"

    The narrator was wonderful! If indeed, as rumored, they make the book into a film then I will want "those voices for Hobie and Boris"!

    It seems to me that this book needed better editing. It also was a very upsetting book and the cobwebs of it still cling to me. I want release as surely as Theo wanted his Mom back.

    We're all of the drugs needful? Are we to believe that school officials didn't notice boys drugged out of their minds and did nothing? I hated the abuse. I hated these boys going hungry. I would have been happier with Las Vegas and derelict daddy never returning. I wanted Theo wrapped in the love of Hobie and Mrs Barber. That would have been a better story.

    Yes, the big questions brought up at the end of the book are haunting and thought provoking; why did the good mothers die and the abuser, derelict Dads live to fill their sons lives with pain and misery? I appreciated the cosmic questions.

    I was sad to not know the rest of the story. What happens to delightful Hobie and Mrs. Barber, and Pippa? What of Boris and Theo? The big question of Kitsy loving Theo's enemy but wanting to marry Theo because they make sense? How many marriages live there? Did he marry her or other? There were many questions I wanted answered but not in this book.

    I wondered, was the Hobie furniture repair data proper information? If so, where did the author get such wisdom? One can ask the same of all the drug nonsense which I surely could have done without!

    I can't wait to be free from the cobwebs this book left but will I ever, let the listener beware and enter with care!

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    "Too unrelentingly depressing"

    Although beautifully written , it was too long. I found the book and the tone of the narrator too depressing, even as I kept listening just to find out what happened in the end.

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    Cathy Philly suburbs 08-14-15
    Cathy Philly suburbs 08-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Entrancing Story and equally entrancing audio"

    I have been dreading the end of this book/recording. I loved everything about it and now I will miss it and David Pittu and all of his smartly rendered character voices, inflections and accents terribly. Especially Boris. Long Live Boris.

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    Erika Hermanson 08-13-15
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    "Great narration"

    Very compelling story made even more interesting thanks to David Pittu's remarkable reading. I really enjoyed how his narration embodied the characters.

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    N. Willimasoon 08-13-15
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    "Extraordinary story-telling"

    The Goldfinch is a wild ride and, in my judgement, destined to become a classic. Theo is no Greek hero, no Everyman, no David Copperfield - except he is. And The Goldfinch, the painting at the heart of this story: I won't risk spoiling another reader's experience, but I love that little bird!

    In fact I love everything about this novel and have loved every moment of the audio edition, will buy the print edition and will most certainly listen again next year.

    The reader did the writer proud, hitting Theo's voice spot on and lifting all the characters off the page, despite the difficulty of a male rendering female voices. Though I've reached the end of the book, surely the characters are still out there, still grappling with their lives, too real to be no more than ink on a page?

    A book to relish and savour.

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    Tiffany Thompson Washington D.C., USA 08-12-15
    Tiffany Thompson Washington D.C., USA 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Editors did a terrible job"
    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rambling, aimless plot line. Too much internal narrative, just keep hanging on trying to see where this thing is going. No where.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

    70% of the book


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    Sam-J 08-12-15
    Sam-J 08-12-15
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    "Too verbose, too slow, literally fought to finish!"
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    Possibly


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

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The comraderie between the boys while in Las Vegas. Great realistic bantering between best friends!


    Could you see The Goldfinch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly, but there is such a plethora of descriptive and somewhat redundant material, I think it would easy to significantly trim down, and a well written screenplay little would be lost.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself multiple times while listening to this book saying to my iPad-"alright already, move on ,get to the point, this is becoming painful" -but I powered through over about six weeks. ( usually I read in 1-2 days). Because my sister loved it! She read it twice!

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    M. Callis Fairview, Tennessee 08-12-15
    M. Callis Fairview, Tennessee 08-12-15
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    "Engaging"

    How did she think up this story!? Audio was amazing with different voices for different characters al by narrator this was my first audio book, but not my last.

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