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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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    Mer P Chicago, IL 03-05-15
    Mer P Chicago, IL 03-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "the narration is mind blowing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't know how you could consume this book any other way after hearing the narration, David Pittu is a rockstar.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hobie. He was interesting and nuanced and pure.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His vocalizations of different dialects/accents is incredible, he separates each character completely with no confusion or overlap. He draws you into the story with subtleties of his voice. On short, he's just remarkable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life sucks, then you die.


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    M. Hartman 03-05-15
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    "exceptional story"

    I will recommend this highly. The emotional layers are endless and the storytelling sublime. Hard to fathom this was read by one person. Well done.

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    Debra Scottsdale, Azerbaijan 03-05-15
    Debra Scottsdale, Azerbaijan 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a depressing way to spend 38 hours!"

    While the book was well written, I disliked both the characters AND the view of life the author
    presented. Don't waste your time

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    Nancy United States 03-04-15
    Nancy United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2002

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    "Great audiobook!!"

    Well performed and very captivating story that is ideal for a novice listener albeit a bit long. Cant tell you how quickly the daily chores were lightened with this accompaniment!!!

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    Chloehoe 03-02-15
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    "Like a marathon I wasn't ready for"
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    Like most people that found themselves not falling for this book, I really wanted to love it. Being a lover and student of Art History I loved the idea of this being something like “The Hare with Amber Eyes”, however I was at a left wanting. It almost felt like two different stories that where attempted to be glued together. The first 1 hour and last 30 minutes where the only part of the book that I really enjoyed. I felt most of the characters annoyed me beyond the narrative. For example Zandra, or what ever her name is, is everything I hate in a person. She leaves the T.V on, mistreats her dog and doesn’t know when to shut her rusty mouth. I must say the writing is perfection and however should have been better edited and slimed down.


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    Lora New Milford, CT, United States 03-01-15
    Lora New Milford, CT, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Love the narrator, but this book kept my attention and I hated when my one hour commute was over! Not predictable at all. Very well written.


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    Mary 02-26-15
    Mary 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved It"

    F or the first few hours of listening, it nearly put me to sleep as I was driving. Seriously. The story seemed to drag ; the narrator's voice was nearly monotone. However, once he met Hobie, I was completely hooked. The narrator did a great job speaking as Hobie and Boris and of course, Theo. I just finished listening to the story. ..... and I'm really going to miss Boris, lol.

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    Jennifer Wilson 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent captivating narrative and accents"

    I love how the characters come to life in this book. excellent composition very much enjoyed.

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    Kirsten 02-26-15
    Kirsten 02-26-15
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    "I didn't like the ending"

    I wish the ending would have been more about the character and less about life. It was good otherwise. Thanka

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    GprepSavings 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing story!"


    This is the second time I've listened to the goldfinch. It one of those books that's like an friend. It makes no difference how long they are gone. Because when they are back it's as if they never left. This is the feeling I get from this book. In some ways it's better to read one book over and over and truly know it the. To fly through countless books and never get a sense of who they are. If I was stuck on an island and I could only bring one book I would take this one.

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