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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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    Kyle C. Nunley 06-20-15
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    Thoroughly enjoyable, great recording. I couldn't stop listening to this great audio book with audible

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    Beth Mableton, GA, United States 06-20-15
    Beth Mableton, GA, United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2003
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    Michelle Holden 06-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Wife,Mother 2 a amazing Daughter,& 4 legged furbabies,Retired Nurse,fighting aterminal illness called pulmonary hypertension!Fight 2 the end

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    First be sure you have time on your hands to read,such as a summer read.because the book will draw you in!
    I understand the book was ten years in the works,which shows the dedication,passion for this read/listen.
    The book gives you an all different view of each character. It's as if it's books with in the book, you have the good the bad and really really bad,even our good guy you wanted to cheer on,had his bad moments,the end of the book gave you a huge twist you did not see coming.
    I believe book is over 800 pages so make the time, I read the book then Audio which I loved,the Russian side! The great relationship brotherhood through and through. Take a chance and do audio you will love it!❤️🎧📚

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    "This got good reviews???...sappy reviewers"

    Started Depressing ended self help fiction, my own made up genre that I try never to read...must love art AND the show Intervention. I only like art and I hate Intervention

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    Rebecca Evans Mills, NY, United States 06-19-15
    Rebecca Evans Mills, NY, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2016

    Busy full time student and part-time fitness instructor. I'm a sucker for lattes and wine.

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    "Long, but worth it!"

    The performance is excellent. The characters were very well portrayed, even with the complexity of all of them. The story is fantastic; very well written.

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    Maggi 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    Storyline was captivated and much of the book was amazing and beautifully written, but it was way, way, way too convoluted and long.

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    Libby 06-17-15
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    "Love the story, hate the narrator"

    I love this story, but the narrator...horrible. He sounds like he is about to cry or like he is constipated. I cannot listen for very long because of how much anxiety I feel when listening to this man reading the book. I have to go many days between listening sessions because of how awful and uncomfortable the narrator makes me feel when he speaks. He would be good for reading poetry, but not prose. It is as if he were holding some uncomfortable awkward yoga pose while he speaks. Horrible narrator. I do not care for his inflections before pauses. Hard work listening to this.

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    So well written, such a fine performance! Sometimes so fascinating I couldn't turn it off to sleep; sometimes so long and depressing, I couldn't bear to listen.

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    Matt Spitko 06-15-15
    Matt Spitko 06-15-15
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    "Wonderfully Performed!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Captivating story, fantastic narration by David Pittu.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    There are lots of memorable moments, and I certainly don't want to give anything away. I like Tartt's 'brush strokes' of language. Her writing is as graceful as the painting at the heart of the story


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

    Amazing voices... Russian accents, German accents, French, etc., switching flawlessly back and forth between characters. There's so much more information inflected when you hear a book that is read this well.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Boris sure seems like he'd be a blast to hang with for an evening.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not generally a big reader/listener of novels. I usually prefer non-fiction, but this was a great ride!

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    Linden Thoburn Brighton, MI, US 06-15-15
    Linden Thoburn Brighton, MI, US 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Warm, funny, intelligent"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are flawed and complex. All of them are struggling with internal and external forces, finding hope and meaning in different ways.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    "We have art in order not to die from the truth" Nietzsche


    Any additional comments?

    a great read

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