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The Goldfinch Audiobook
The Goldfinch
Written by: 
Donna Tartt
Narrated by: 
David Pittu
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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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    Mark Pine Bush, NY, United States 02-15-15
    Mark Pine Bush, NY, United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2001
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    "Hard to get into- but worth the effort"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    No, too long, and once you get tot he end- the suspense is over


    Would you recommend The Goldfinch to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes- gripping story


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    BORIS!!


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

    Crime and Punishment


    Any additional comments?

    My first impression of this book, was that I wouldn't be able to finish it. That it was horribly, horribly overwritten. There were so many detailed, painstakingly descriptive, carefully torturous depictions of minutia, that I was screaming at the top of my lungs and banging my steering wheel " just tell me what happens already". For example, a terrible disaster happens, and we are treated to a half hour of different kinds of sirens and emergency vehicles, and uniforms without knowing the fate of our characters.

    Obviously I read the audible version, narrated by David Pittu, who is an absolutely amazing reader, by the way. At that point in the book, I felt the only reason it was a best seller was that it seemed to glorify everything Manhattan, a love story to wealthy New Yorkers- and they must have purchased it in droves to satisfy their narcissistic craving to read about themselves and their city. However, the narrator was fantastic; and I followed my son's advice to give it 5 hours of reading before giving up.

    This wasn't easy, in addition to the exhausting adjectives, Theo's pain at loosing his mother was almost too much to bear. But I hung on and
    I am so glad I did. Somewhere along the way, screaming about the over use of superfluous adjectives, sobbing about Theo's loss, and before my time limit of 5 hours was reached, I fell in love. Well let me amend, I was in love until the very end, post story, when I was back to screaming about over written and totally superfluous bla bla. If you make it to the end,you will know exactly what I am talking about.

    So, four stars, I almost gave it five stars because Theo's story ended exactly the way it should have, but for me the writing style was too flawed.


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    David Schwarm irvine, ca United States 02-15-15
    David Schwarm irvine, ca United States 02-15-15 Member Since 2014

    Copyright does not protect the idea for a game

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    "Epic!"

    This is a completely fantastic book! The audio is great & kept me totally engaged through out. Highly recommended for everyone.

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    elizabeth 02-14-15
    elizabeth 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic epic if a Modern Master"

    Although the length is daunting it spins a web so clever and complex it holds the reader from beginning to end. The narrator takes hold and takes the reader through a labyrinth of disaster, addiction , obsessive fascination with art and mystery. Like a Charles Dickens classic this book is one worth re reading and pondering long after you get to the end. Superb dialogue, true voice, scary twisted plot and skilled writing.

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    Elsa Wolf 02-14-15
    Elsa Wolf 02-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for everyone"

    This novel tells the story, in the first person, of a boy who defaults to unhappy. Growing up with an alcoholic father and a wonderful mother, tragedy occurs and his life takes an unbelievable path. He struggles with loss and change and depression. Sounds miserable but the story is beautifully told both as written and performed. The story is also an amazing path of twists and turns that no one sees coming. Thought provoking and life analyzing. But definitely not a story for people who want fast paced action.

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    Erin 02-13-15
    Erin 02-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I really enjoyed the goldfinch!!! Originally intimidated by the length, but it was so interesting that I didn't notice. A must read!

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    Nicholas Portland, OR, USA 02-13-15
    Nicholas Portland, OR, USA 02-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Rambling, patched together and unfocused"

    That all points of excellence within the story however as an overall novel these points of interesting narrative with spread to fall a pot and felt inconsistent and unfocused ultimately losing emotional tie and focus to the plot and purpose of the novel

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    Jeremy 02-12-15
    Jeremy 02-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best novel I've ever read"

    This is truly the best novel I've ever "read." The story is compelling, the characters relatable, and the artistic beauty of Tartt's writing is captivating beyond words. The narration of the audiobook is also among the top performances I've ever heard. Incredible!

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    James 02-12-15
    James 02-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad, keeps you listening."

    I liked how it kept you wanting to listen.. But after its done you not left wanting more. So it's not bad at the moment your listening..

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    Kassie47 02-11-15
    Kassie47 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "If Love were a book-it would be the "Goldfinch""
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    As a female writer and one who dislikes female writing,Donna Tartt has done something, changed, me
    somehow...remarkable....


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    Алёна 02-10-15
    Алёна 02-10-15
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    "Deep dive"

    The performance is so good I found myself actually imagining the different voices of all heroes. As for the story - seems to be a mix of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and something of Burroughs.

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