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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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    Patricia Johnson Troy, MI 01-20-15
    Patricia Johnson Troy, MI 01-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "story had potential, but got caught up in details"

    the story line had so much potential. the author got carried away with the details of how the main character thought. about half way in I had to up the speed to 1.5 to help speed up the boring details of what this kid/man was thinking.
    from the 14 year old boys thoughts with a concussion, to the 16 year old boys drug induced thoughts, to the 24 year old man's thoughts on drugs, women, and friendships; to the 25 year olds hour long fever thoughts, to the final morality spew at the end. I was so bored with how the main character thought and was hoping something would actually happen.
    the narrator was pretty good.

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    Diane 01-19-15
    Diane 01-19-15
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    "Amazing Story,with Best Narration/Character Acting"

    Would recommend this to any adult, say 18+, as it can deal with some heavy and dark subject matter (heavy prescription and illegal drug use, Depression and Suicide, some minor violence. Just some dark themes within some characters. Narration is not the word to be used to describe the Masterful Character Acting that "Reader/Narrator" employs here. I really can't say enough of his skills, you'll just have take my word for it. Or better yet, download this Audible Book and listen for yourself. As for a favorite moment in the novel, there are so many, and to choose right now as Audible is asking for my review just as I finished the Book, I just can't off the top of my head. Besides, who wants to hear a "spoiler" in a review. My advice is downloading this Book by Audible, with this "Narrator" is well worth the investment. If you like fiction that will completely consume you into it, that is.

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    E. Heard 01-19-15
    E. Heard 01-19-15 Member Since 2011

    Mom of Twins

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    "Great performance weak story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I listened. Great narration.


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

    The characters were not believable. Extreme drug use but still able to break an international art theft ring.


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

    The narrator did Them all well. Boris was the best.


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    Michele 01-18-15
    Michele 01-18-15
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    "oh no! I finished it ..."
    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    I'm sure every reader has had this feeling ... a sense of some desolation and something 'missing' when you finish a really great book. This is how I felt after The Goldfinch. I felt like it started out slowly, and after a few hours, I couldn't stop listening. It is a fascinating story with some beautifully vibrant characters. By the time Theo leaves the museum, he becomes strapped into a rollercoaster of experiences, meeting a wide range of characters from rich and vapid to troubled and intense. Those characters come to life quite beautifully, and the narrator does a great job of playing out the story, with accents and inflection that adds to the telling. I am finding myself wondering what Theo (main character), Kitzie,
    Hobey, Pippa and Boris are doing NOW, and I'd love to read a sequel. Heart tugging moments, moments of nail-biting (yikes!) worry, U.S. and foreign travels, and characters young and old, dissipated., sinister or noble continue to develop in surprising ways throughout the story.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    i think Donna Tartt has been inspired by the Austen novels. Some of the characters' reflections and inner dialogue reminds me of the journals of Anais Nin.


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

    He is a superb narrator! I loved them all, but he did Boris so beautifully - accent, pacing - all of it!


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hobey for his love of food and for an elder's wise life perspectives, Boris because he's always starving and eats SO appreciatively and converses so animatedly and Theo because I'd love to hear what he's doing now given all his life experiences.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so sad it's over --well done!

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    Heather Tokar 01-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice surprise"

    Loved it. A surprise ride through the life of this agreeable character. The road twists and turns and keeps you guessing.

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    terri grubenhoff 01-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "not sure what to think"
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I am on chapter 9 and wondering when this book is going to take off.


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    April Antoniou Planet Earth 01-17-15
    April Antoniou Planet Earth 01-17-15 Member Since 2016

    Queen Maeve

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    "It was the best of books it was the worst of books"

    First, a note on the narrator: No matter how you feel about this story, it would have been nowhere near as good without David Pittu. I will seek out other audiobooks that he has done, and I can't say enough how much I loved his reading. He has the right type of voice that is easy to pay attention to, great inflection and wonderful accents...Fantastic!

    Some, like Stephen King, have referred to this novel as Dickensian and I suppose that is one way to look at it: a sweeping novel that stops to ponder different social classes, the conflicting good and bad in all of us, "wordiness," unrequited love. Maybe its because this book won the big prize, but since the beginning I was trying to find reasons to dislike this book. First, there was the premise. I didn't want to be thrust into a book where a child was orphaned, because then I would be forced to feel sorry for the protagonist. After the mother dies, I did stop listening for a bit. But about a week later, I found I was thinking about the characters, and wondering what happens next, so I continued to listen. And that was the way it was with this novel - "It was the best of novels, it was the worst of novels" - falling in love with characters like Hobbie and Boris, and then not caring at all for others like Kitsey. Some parts of the novel seemed cliché, but then these clichés would evolve into some of the most beautiful moments in the novel - moments that are described beautifully. One reviewer said commented it was "full of all the senses, small visual details, sounds, smells, feelings, ambiance, even memories." And just as I was being sincerely awed by these passages, they would go on just a little too long, or become a little too vast, and loose me. The story - the ending - is all a little too convenient for me, and wraps up a little too nicely. And since I just finished listening last night, I don't know how I feel about the metafictional ending, but I did think the way the ending moved was very skillfully done. It winded its way through many different interpretations for the meanings of life that we are all trying to get to, or understand, or articulate in some way that makes sense. Then Tartt intuitively moves into a different subject, wrapping up a piece of the plot that leads, again, into more deeper realms of human contemplation. Sometimes the best novels are ones that you are unsure of - ones that marinade and get better over time and with thought. I've seen great reviews for this book, and reviews bashing nearly everything about this book. I lie somewhere in-between. I can certainly see why this won the Pulitzer Prize. It is a contemporary bildungsroman that makes a sincere effort to answer very important questions in a very beautiful ways.

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    hamazasb West Bloomfield.MI 01-17-15
    hamazasb West Bloomfield.MI 01-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I should have rede the reviews...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO NO. the is the most boring book i have listened too. It has good Art history of some sort. but thats it.


    What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

    Let see how many vocabulary i can use to go up stairs.


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

    Good Narrater but if you decide to listen to tis story crank it up to X1.25 or X1.5 so you can get on withe the story.


    Could you see The Goldfinch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't think it will make it to a movie


    Any additional comments?

    Abridged version of the story if you want people to buy the story.

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    Debra Corea 01-17-15
    Debra Corea 01-17-15
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    "Enraptured-listened twice, back-to-back"

    Loved the narrator's voices of characters and pacing. The author's depth and specificity delighted me. The book is new friend.

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    Mary-Jane 01-16-15
    Mary-Jane 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting and compelling to listen to"

    I enjoyed the descriptive language from the boys point of view . He was so devastated by the death of his mother it affected his entire life . This was an excellent description of the Goldfinch picture and how taking it out of the museum changed his life even when he lost it it still affected him !

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