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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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    Claudia 03-12-15
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    "A gem of a book"

    As soon as it ended I wanted to start it again. Her characters are beautifully created and complex humans. The book has layers and layers to explore and ponder. Enjoy!

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    Adrienne Dow 03-12-15
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    "Slow start, short climax, abrupt ending."

    A very visual heavy novel. For plot cravers, this is definitely not the book for you. Overall decent, moderate recommendation.

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    Judy Madison, AL, United States 03-11-15
    Judy Madison, AL, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very smart author, drags a little"

    The author is very in tune with beauty in the form of art and music and has some interesting theories on life after death and the meaning of life in general. A drug a little through the areas of the book where descriptions of the drug-induced hallucinations were described but other than that I was able to follow along through the journey without getting bored.

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    christian 03-11-15
    christian 03-11-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Slightly more awesome than it is,"

    Loved it and loved having it. Couldn't relate but then could totally relate awfully awesome .

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    Nancy Webb 03-11-15
    Nancy Webb 03-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very long and very depressing"
    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NEVER!!!!!


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    This is a long and depressing book. From boyhood to manhood, his life never gets better. I felt there were long areas of the book that could have been left out. If I would have known how depressing this book would b I would have passed on it.

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    sarah 03-10-15
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    "Beautifully written and narrated but too long!"

    This book is eloquent yet at times very depressing and dark. Well really the book is mostly dark. Strong character development and the language keeps you (at least partially) engaged. Way too long winded, but the narrater could not have been more perfect!

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    Whitney 03-08-15
    Whitney 03-08-15
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"

    I cannot comprehend the negative reviews of this book. The story is intelligent, thought-provoking, and captivating. The narration is just brilliant, especially the inflection and tone used with Boris. The symbolism between the painting and the main character is threaded throughout; while listening, I found myself pleading for their freedom. But what is freedom? I believe that is the underlying theme, which Theo begins to explore toward the end — what does it mean to be true to yourself, to be unchained? The juxtaposition of Boris and Kitsy, their individual influence on Theo, and his constant battle with self-destruction — the "middle distance" between good, evil, truth, untruth, love, loathing — this is where this story resides. Truly a great novel.

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    Anne 03-08-15
    Anne 03-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Goldfinch Soars!"

    What a great read! No matter how much the protagonist's life resembles a train wreck, you can't stop reading. Rich story, beautifully told.

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    Henslee W. 03-07-15
    Henslee W. 03-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "HATED IT Tried 3 or 4 times to get into it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Doubtful it ever could


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

    Not her fault I'm sure, just not my type of book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Pittu?

    n/a


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

    Never got past 1st or 2nd "chapter" No idea


    Any additional comments?

    Just not my type of book. Might be wonderful for people w different preferences.

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    SF new york, ny United States 03-06-15
    SF new york, ny United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely GREAT!"

    Astonishing, riveting, couldn't bear to tear myself away from this audiobook. Incredible story and powerfully deep and resonant, one unexpected turn after another. Beautifully written, read and acted. Fabulous!

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