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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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    Elisabeth 06-10-15
    Elisabeth 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exquisite Detail"

    Well worth the investment of listening time. Rich with luxurious detail, characters that you love to love and equally hate to love. Tragic and beautiful. Haunting like a rushed oil lanscape, vague and eerie but no less beautiful for it. The sense of history is palpable, the sense of time loose, a feather twisting, bending and swept away on the wind, neither knowing where exactly it has been nor exactly where it is going.

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    Marie Cuozzo Poestenkill, NY USA 06-08-15
    Marie Cuozzo Poestenkill, NY USA 06-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "32 hours I'm not getting back"
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    It was TOOOO LOOOOONG - First half of the book could have been about 1/4 of the length it was.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He's the only thing that made me continue on with the book. His handling of Hobie and Boris were wonderful.


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

    Good grief - no - it would be longer than Lord of the Rings.


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    Diane Bloomer Haslett, MI USA 06-08-15
    Diane Bloomer Haslett, MI USA 06-08-15

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    "Great listen. Painted pictures with words."

    Enjoyed the listen. Many mental images conjured with her words. Xxx. Dxx. Xxx. Xxx. Xxx. Cc I cc crb fjx

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    Patti k. 06-07-15
    Patti k. 06-07-15
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    "The most detailed, descriptive work."

    This story brings you to the edge of your seat. Brilliant writing, and storytelling keeps you riveted. I truly didnt want it to end, I felt so connected with the characters.
    Must Read!

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    Nicole Miller 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, great performance."

    It probably didn't need to be as long as it was. I was really close to giving up with 4 hours left and just skipping to the end.

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    G. Lakes Salina, KS USA 06-06-15
    G. Lakes Salina, KS USA 06-06-15

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    "Best for listening"

    I enjoyed listening while driving, but wouldn't read it, not enough action It seems slow at times.

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    C. Pelfrey 06-05-15
    C. Pelfrey 06-05-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Slow!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author needed to pick a description instead of picking every possible descriptor in the English language. The unnecessary wordiness makes the book drag on and made me quickly lose interest in what could have been a good story.


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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.

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