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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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    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 04-19-15
    Amazon Customer Oklahoma 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I tried"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book has great moments, it starts out well but you go a long way with just stuff, then it would get good again and then a long period of too much nothing. The day by day activities of Theo and his friend did me in. I normally will finish a book even if I do not really like it. This one was too long to endure.


    Has The Goldfinch turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    Thomas Stanley 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Great work. A five act play with great character development. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys great fiction.

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    Peter S. McConnell Albuquerque, NM United States 04-18-15
    Peter S. McConnell Albuquerque, NM United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read, misplaced philosophy"

    I really liked this book, but didn't particularly like the philosophical endulgence by the author at the end. It seemed a little out of place, not to mention half baked. I don't want to give anything away here, but the suggestion that we simply are what we are in ndermines the emotional reactiion a reader might enjoy to the development of the characters.

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    Diane 04-18-15
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    "Sometimes tough to listen to."

    It was just as good as people said it was. Loved when Boris walks into the Dutch hotel room after Theo's crisis and makes everything ok again. A bit too much philosophizing for me at times
    but a wonderful read!

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    Betty T Hunter 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read/ listen"

    Excellent character development. An engaging storyline. Fine word smithing. Because of the accents, listening added another level of enjoyment. Satisfying.

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-14-15
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very depressing"

    This was on the best sellers lists for so long I figured I'd give it a go. I finished, thank goodness, and wished I hadn't bothered. Yes the story was well written and there were many thoughtful passages. Yet overall, this was a very grim story of an abused and neglected young man. There is no happy ending here. You just listen and listen and listen and wonder why the main character didn't just jump off a bridge.

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    Kathi 04-14-15
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    "Moving, funny, serious, amazing, sad and harrowing"

    I read a review that indicated this book was too long, in parts. I don't get that. It was long enough to get its point across. It was amazing. The twists and turns that the story took were, on occasion, breathtaking. One of the better-written books I've read in a while.

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    lirio2u 04-14-15
    lirio2u 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth reading yet frustrating"

    I liked listening to this novel for the beautiful descriptions and interesting dialog. My biggest problem was with the protagonist whom I felt was sort of a crappy, whiner that I just wanted to yell at and shake although he's put through enough in life. It's hard to hate a character and also identify with. Tart gets the problem of self-loathing and captures it in this guy.
    It's just that after a while you hate him so much and want to tell him to fix his life. I didn't mind his friends, and it's interesting that Tart makes his friends to be more authenticate than the main character. Maybe that's the point. Still worth reading and you will be thinking of the characters for a long time.

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    whovian93 New York,NY 04-14-15
    whovian93 New York,NY 04-14-15
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    "Really Great Story!"

    I have to admit this audiobook is the best one I listened in a long time! The story was amazing, very in depth with lots of twists and turns I highly recommend this book.

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    Tyson Sugihara Utah 04-05-15
    Tyson Sugihara Utah 04-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "What an amazing book!"

    This could very well be the best Audible purchase I have ever made. Brilliantly written and masterfully narrated, this book is well deserving of all of the awards and accolades it has received.

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