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The Goldfinch Audiobook
The Goldfinch
Written by: 
Donna Tartt
Narrated by: 
David Pittu
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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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    Debra Shapiro Groveland, MA United States 06-04-15
    Debra Shapiro Groveland, MA United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gorgeous and painful"

    Gorgeous writing, but just too long! Painful and beautiful at the same time. Went back and forth between reading and listening and loved the reader so much, I turned to listening most often!!

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    Cat Lovin' Nurse 06-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reader brings the tale to life"

    I was sorry to have this story end. I believe Donna Tartt's use of language put me into Theo's world. I felt as if I were right there, feeling the joys and agonies. Mr. Pittu's excellent narration added to the reality of that world.

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    Claude P. Foster 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "You won't be sorry"

    In over 30 hours of listening, not one wasted word. I hated for it to end. Great narration as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karolina Erie, Pa, United States 06-03-15
    Karolina Erie, Pa, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Performance was outstanding!!!!"

    I can't say that I loved this book but then again I did listen to 14 hours of audio so it did grab my attention and the person reading it was amazing in his delivery!

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    Tim P. 06-03-15
    Tim P. 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very long winded"

    This book is very descriptive and that makes it very long and makes you want it to continue at some point. The Las Vegas part was way to long. Had very little to do with the story but friendship and loss. This could have been a fifteen hour book just with the story but excessive descriptions and small tangents made it so very long.

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    Xavier PK 06-02-15
    Xavier PK 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great message but extremely slow pace"

    The Goldfinch is indeed a work of art but it long and drawn out narrative makes this read difficult to enjoy. The ending was extremely satisfying and poignant but it took too long to reach it. I would not recommend this for someone who wants a quick and light read.

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    Karen Grenfell 06-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Literary art at its best."

    Fantastic!!!!! Insightful, mesmerizing, charming, soulful, humorous. By far the best book I have read or listened to in a very long time.

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    Beemans Denver, CO 06-01-15
    Beemans Denver, CO 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Involved, plot twists, storyline.


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

    What he did with the painting in the end.


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

    I loved all the different voices. I could not have read this book, I much preferred to listen to it. I really thought they were all different people. David Pittu was the best for this book. All the accents made it worthwhile and let me know who was really narrating or speaking.


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

    I like the name. I think it's perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. Much more fun than reading it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Preston 06-01-15
    Preston 06-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "ehh ok"

    just ok of a story. Was expecting more fRom what it delivered. great narrator though.

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    Joshua O. Hess 05-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Rough and beautiful"

    It's heart wrenching and worth the journey. Performance grows with character.
    Feels very real. Sometimes too real but I couldn't tear myself away from the boy.

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