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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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    V. Bolliger 03-14-15
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    "Dark and sad, and Beautiful."

    Dark and sad, and Beautiful. The pains of existence, the beauty of it too, mixed in with tenderness, crudeness and rich imagery. Excellent

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    Redbrenda 03-13-15
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    The book was wonderful and then hearing it read to me was a treat. The accents were authentic and the storyline compelling. As a New Yorker it describes this amazing city and its flaws perfectly. Ms. Tartt has captured the city in all its beauty and ugliness and this backdrop adds to the novel.

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    "Gripping story, great audio performance!"

    Fascinating story, twists and turns and what a great performance of the voices!! A thriller till the end, I couldn't stop.

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    Bonnie B. Matheson Charlottesville, VA United States 03-13-15
    Bonnie B. Matheson Charlottesville, VA United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    Beautifully written, smart and funny and depressing. Honestly , I could not wait for it to be over! Loved the "performance", the accents and differing voices were fun and constantly interesting. Not an uplifting tale, and one I will never wish to revisit, it is never the less a very unique book.

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    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 03-13-15
    Jonelle Camp Hill, PA, United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2008

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    I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.

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    John Escondido, CA, United States 03-12-15
    John Escondido, CA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't handle the narrator"

    It's so sad when the narrator makes it so hard to enjoy this book, which by the way I am half way through and still don't really know what is going on.

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    Nana Pami 03-12-15
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    "Excellent!"

    If, when you start listening to this, you become bored with the art history stuff, just hang in there. It won't take long before it takes a turn that has you hanging on the edge of your seat.

    I'm not really good at writing reviews so, usually, I don't. I just wanted to express that this book had me listening daily until it was finished. I loved the narrator who did a great job of using different voices for each character. The book was exciting and deeply meaningful. I loved it.

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    Claudia 03-12-15
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    "A gem of a book"

    As soon as it ended I wanted to start it again. Her characters are beautifully created and complex humans. The book has layers and layers to explore and ponder. Enjoy!

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    "Slow start, short climax, abrupt ending."

    A very visual heavy novel. For plot cravers, this is definitely not the book for you. Overall decent, moderate recommendation.

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    Judy Madison, AL, United States 03-11-15
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    "Very smart author, drags a little"

    The author is very in tune with beauty in the form of art and music and has some interesting theories on life after death and the meaning of life in general. A drug a little through the areas of the book where descriptions of the drug-induced hallucinations were described but other than that I was able to follow along through the journey without getting bored.

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