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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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    Tyler 09-30-15
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    "do not miss this one!"

    this novel is brimming with lush descriptions, compelling narrative, and engaging characters. David Pittu's narration does this gem justice.

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    Dawn 09-29-15
    Dawn 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The book and the narrator were excellent."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Multi faceted story
    Family, Death, Art, Crime, and Money


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Potter's best friend. Name is escaping at this moment; reason being from the beginning of his character was thank for what he was given or thankful for what he had taken. He didn't put excuses or embarrassment for what he did each day. He loved most all he met and was able to see the best in everyone ( even if someone wanted to put an end to his life, he would understand and still care for the one who would kill him if given the opportunity.


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

    No but again he was exceptional.


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

    I wouldn't . As the story moved along I became more understanding of The Goldfinch.


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    traci phillips 09-29-15
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    "too dragged out but still good"

    I like the characters and plot, but at times I was thinking I wanted to skip some segments to get on with the story

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    carrie jacobson Wachapreague, VA, USA 09-28-15
    carrie jacobson Wachapreague, VA, USA 09-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Book, Top-Notch Performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love art, especially, this is a compelling and inspiring book. It has a strong plot and beautifully drawn characters, including Boris, who - especially because of the narration - is one of the most memorable people I've encountered in a book in years. "The Goldfinch" takes you on a real journey of adventure, ethics and art.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Annie Proulx's "The Shipping News" and Howard Norman's "The Bird Artist." Both follow fascinating and memorable characters through decisive portions of their lives.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His voice is nice, which is good. He presented the material straight, did a great job with character/voice nuances, and didn't mince for female voices. His Russian/Slavic accents truly added to the tone and depth of the book.


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

    The end, the heartfelt explanation following the denouement, touched me deeply. I am an artist, a painter, and Tartt's meditations on the value of art and its place in one's life rang deep and true to me.


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    Dan 09-28-15
    Dan 09-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful, But Long-Winded."

    The book is beautiful. The writing was great. I thought some parts carried on way too long, but I'm a simpleton used to less literary reads.

    The real drawback was the narration. Granted, it's not an easy book for voices. Lots of accents, different ages, and both genders. But the voices the narrator used really made it tough for me to feel sympathetic to almost any of the characters. Most of the women sounded vapid and obnoxious. The foreign characters all sounded like Bad SNL characters. The main character's voice made him sound much more forlorn and teenager shy than necessary.

    Recommend reading this one vs an audio book.

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    JLSP 09-26-15
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    "Wanted to like it"
    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    I was so hopeful this was going to be good. I think I read about it in NY times or something and was on hold for EVER at the library to get the book, so I decided to use credits here instead. The performance was awesome. I love how the speaker changed his voice and pronounced things with an accent, that part was great. The author did do a good job describing things and using lots of colorful and artistic means to tell the story and it got deep at the end, which gave it something so that's why it's 2 stars and not 1.... But it was really not a good book. I couldn't even describe it to my family in a way that sounded at all interesting. It did make me want to research if this picture actually exists, but I wouldn't recommend this book at all!


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    Martha Healy 09-25-15

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    "Don't know why I forced myself to finish it"

    TERRIBLE, should be 1/3 the length. More metaphors than grains of sand on a beach. BOORING, slow, have no idea why anyone likes it. Probably will return it.

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    yungrlkng 09-24-15
    yungrlkng 09-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "David Pittu is amazing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot believe Davids ability to narrate so effectively the many voices in The Goldfinch. He is shockingly good! How he can transition from one voice to another is surely talent that few possess
    Bravo David


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    Yes


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    See above. He makes the characters so much more real to the listener. A very difficult task he took on but performed fantastically


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

    Theo


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Justin Helfrich 09-24-15
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    "Overall a good story but nothing special..."

    Story drags on at first but it ends well. Lots of fluff in this story to make it long. Nothing great, imo

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    Liz TARZANA, CA, United States 09-22-15
    Liz TARZANA, CA, United States 09-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Skillfully told"

    I miss the characters now that the story is over. Enjoyed the look into the worlds of art and antiques.

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