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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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    "Unbelievably captivating!"

    Don't let the boring book summary fool you. This book is such a beautiful heart wrenching and exciting story.

    Plus the narrator is one of the best, non-annoying narrators on here.

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    Tyisha 01-26-15
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    "Suspenseful and boring"

    Her long detailed narratives/ thoughts and metaphors were boring. The drug use, hunger, tragedy, love story and hustle were suspenseful...

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    JLD San Diego, CA United States 01-25-15
    JLD San Diego, CA United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelled to finish in spite of flaws"

    First, the narrator was fantastic. If not for him I probably wouldn't have finished the book. The Goldfinch was at times so fascinating I couldn't stop listening, while at others so long on detail I didn't care about or thought added to the story that I wanted to put it aside. It could probably have been edited to tell the same story and paint the same pictures (sorry for the pun here) in about half the length. What is it they say about a picture and a thousand words? And it was somewhat fanciful in that there didn't seem to be a year associated with any particular era in the book, since cell phones, video games, and various other technology existed from the start when Theo was just 12. Predictable outcomes were arrived at with sometimes beautiful prose, but the book was, at its conclusion, a little too philosophical and "dear reader"-ish. Theo's final soliloquy wasn't in keeping with his voice through that point in the book.

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    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    It will touch your soul like no other


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

    I have ;not read a novel like this before, I'm so glad I did not pass this one up, it really made me think of things in my life that I never understood.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was execelent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me


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    sherri strickland 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful story "

    overall, a very powerful story of disaster, loss, friendship, and redemption. At a few points in the story, I got impatient for the story to move on. The characters were very strong and you couldn't not love Hoby, nor feel bad for Theo.

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    Bonnie 01-23-15
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    "Great Beginning, but ..."

    I was instantly interested in the characters and dramatic events, but too much drug/alcohol use and trashy talk spoiled the good story line and made me dislike some of the characters. No doubt weird people like this exist, but I don't need to have it rubbed in my face. I kept hoping for a better outcome. I did enjoy the historical and descriptive narratives about art and settings, but the book brought me down instead of inspiring me, which I prefer in my reading.

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    "Glorious"

    A true feast of words and language, one of the best books I've ever read. Great characters, fabulous story, beautiful words: the ultimate trifecta. For one brief second it made me want to become a drug addict, the description was so intense and unreal. Luckily, I lost the urge not long after. :-) Can't wait to re-read someday.

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    Susan 01-23-15
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    "Drugs, Drink & Swearing Numb Readers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Interesting plot but marred by characters' lifestyle of incessant drugs, drunkenness and gratuitous swearing.


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    "Took me a while to get hooked to it."
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    Sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Boris. He does bad things but he is a real friend.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing. It's just that the author was trying to stretch the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. I'd be curious enough.


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    "Mystery? Action Thriller? Morality Play?"

    Author meanders over too many genres - nearly gave up several times when authored switched readily into morality lectures interspersed with drag-out drama. Made it to the end but wish I have bailed out. Reader is very good. Story -plot line needs strong dose of editing.

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