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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)

What Members Say

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    Susan A. Muth 02-01-15
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    "Too long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time wasted. It could have been half as long. The characters were unlikable and the story was not interesting to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donna Tartt? Why or why not?

    No I did not like the story.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    His performnce was good. His characters were clear.


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    OH GOD NO


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    BethBeth 01-29-15
    BethBeth 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Could Barely Get Through It"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the entire story line. This book lacks a believable basis, and takes itself too seriously with lengthy paragraphs and pages describing the perceptions and feelings of a strung-out junkie. Realistically, no one sits around having those kinds of thoughts.


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

    Yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scenes with Boris and Theo in Las Vegas getting drunk and watching movies.


    Did The Goldfinch inspire you to do anything?

    Not read anything else by Donna Tartt.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is massively overrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarina Monterey, CA 01-29-15
    Sarina Monterey, CA 01-29-15 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to non-fiction & fiction if the story is exciting.Favorite narrator: Simon Vance! Also loved The Goldfinch!

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    "One of the best!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The narrator was so talented, such a diverse repertoire, a joy to hear!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Theo, of course. He survived, although scarred, I feel an affinity to him. I also grew to love Boris with his quirky ways & unconditional love for Theo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ones with Theo missing & recalling Pipa with her unusual & wonderful looks.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's too long, but I did look forward to daily sessions & was a little sad it had to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely listen to fiction, but this one really appealed to me because it encompassed art history, antiques & many mentions of real life familiar places. The characters came alive for me through the excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lpinnc 01-29-15
    lpinnc 01-29-15
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    "Would have been fabulous at 1/2 the length"
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great accents and character voices


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but I don't have the patience to sit through so many words again


    Any additional comments?

    Donna Tartt has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions and narratives are great, but I think it's very self-indulgent for her to expect a reader to spend so much time. 32 hours!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-29-15
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    "Poor storyline"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Murder mystery or romance


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

    I would have it not turn into a crude story with no real reason to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted a credit buying this useless book. The language became so crude I couldn't listen anymore and the story line is very weak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 01-29-15
    Robin 01-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my kind of book."

    The main character is completely unlikable. I kept wishing he was arrested and sent to jail.

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    John Algonquin, IL, United States 01-29-15
    John Algonquin, IL, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2011

    Any fool can know something the point is to understand!

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    "Oddly captivating"

    Not what I expected at all and wonderfully surprised at the art of story telling in the book. Used next credit to buy The Idiot

    Reading and presentation was beautifully done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 01-28-15
    Nancy 01-28-15
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    "Disappointed"

    Over descriptive and long drawn out narratives, interesting characters,slow paced and scattered plot, unrealistic moments experienced by the characters,narrator made it tolerable.

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    Dmitry Erkin 01-28-15
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    "I hope last pages are just a segway to next tome"

    I mean the book is great, I lived through hero life, but the ending is so out of place and rhythm , I hope its just a placeholder to start next chapter

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    Maureen 01-27-15
    Maureen 01-27-15

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    "Desperately trying to get to the finish"
    What disappointed you about The Goldfinch?

    How could this book have won awards? I am 15+ hours in of listening, committed to finish but really am getting impatient with the editing of this book. There are lots of characters to love, but there is also a lot of repetition. This book also seems to be geared to YA crowd. I am really disappointed in this book and feel slightly annoyed at the glowing reviews. What am I missing here?


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book could have been edited with a bigger red pen. Some of the dailog really got irratating as did the incessent drug and alcohol scenes. We get it- the guy was going down a slippery slope.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved Theo's relationship with his mother. I also loved Hobie. The narrator is superb. He at least made some of the dialog palatable.


    Any additional comments?

    How did this win a Pulitzer again?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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