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The Goldfinch Audiobook

The Goldfinch

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014

Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014

Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2013

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.

©2013 Tay Ltd (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Jo 06-06-14
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    "Very entertaining - a page turner!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most intriguing books I've listened to


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me very aware of others suffering


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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 05-23-14
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 05-23-14
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    "What Story What A reader"

    Best read (or listen) to date. Highly recommended.
    Couldn't put this one down. The reader is brilliant.
    Will definitely look forward more by this pair.

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    Kate 05-16-14
    Kate 05-16-14
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    "Extraordinary story of boy's journey to adulthood"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Different, gripping journey. Don't let the length put you off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Theo and Boris


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

    Boris


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    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
    Susannah Adelaide, Australia 05-13-14
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    "BEST. AUDIOBOOK. EVER."
    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    Everything. The narrator is wonderful. The characters are 'alive' ... the story believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Boris. I am in love with Boris.


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

    Boris! (see above)<br/>But also loved Theo and Hobie. Even the awful characters are made interesting and likeable in a way...<br/>


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

    The Goldfinch. This is actually a book with a name that is really suited to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't hesitate to listen to this book...it is 32 hours of your life you will not regret!

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    Josee 04-05-14
    Josee 04-05-14
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    "Finest novel I have read or heard for years"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    exquisite, beautiful writing<br/>


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fine understanding of the ache of being a human being


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

    no, but intend to


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

    many moments


    Any additional comments?

    very well read by David Pittu, very good and sustained voice characterisation of different characters

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    V 03-27-14
    V 03-27-14

    Books, books, books...

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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, thoughtful, compelling<br/>


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't say


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many great scenes. But perhaps the final one.


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

    Hobie, I think he'd be so charming & fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    The perfect marriage of story and narrator. David Pittu is brilliant. I will be looking out for books narrated by him from now on.

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    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14
    Gill Palmerston North, New Zealand 02-19-14

    I like good books, I will follow a good author and i listen to friends recommendations. Love audio books and am fascinated and learning.

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    "Number one"
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    I was delighted to find such a long and classy novel. Very pleased to think 'comtemporary Dickens' and find this confirmed in reviews! I will remember it - this is the highest accolade i can give.<br/><br/>I have given it to my 17 year old to read - she finds it hard to get into books as she is caught up in an instant gratification age of social media. Im pleased to report that she's hooked too!

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    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
    Charlene Cape Town, South Africa 02-09-14
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    "Loved the book but it should've been 30% shorter"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    Tartt's writing is, as usual, gripping. There were so many things I couldn't predict and kept wondering where this story could possibly go after X or Y happened. She sure knows how to keep a girl hooked!


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

    I haven't but think he is a most excellent narrator. Really spot on with nuance and tone and loved how he could make the various voices sound so different from one another.


    Any additional comments?

    This really was a fanatastic book. It just went on too long in parts and I'm not sure I like the ending. It felt far too preachy and out of sync with the rest of the book.

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  • Mrs F.
    4/10/15
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    "Gold star for The Goldfinch"

    I would give 6 stars! David Pittu narrates brilliantly. Fabulous story with many twists. I would highly recommend this book, better than my expectations of it and don't be put off by the length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kerry Mc Kenna
    4/4/15
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    "Awe inspiring"

    A truly glorious novel of quite a remarkable story that can only but permanently touch the heart and soul of the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A. K. Mills
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    3/31/15
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    "Great book, expertly read"

    Boris stands alongside some of the greatest characters in the history of fiction. Extremely memorable. This book was a very addictive listen.

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  • Frank Hammond
    3/27/15
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    "A great story well told."

    One of the best books that I have read with a compelling storyline and well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Myself65
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    3/26/15
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    "Glad I bought it"

    Lengthy listen, but has kept me entertained throughout. Will probably listen again at some point in the future. Excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    3/26/15
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    "Outstanding! Buy it straight away!"
    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Yes, I loved it! I'd want to go on the journey again with Theo.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris, a fabulous creation - charismatic, wild, dangerous yet all heart.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The reunion between Boris and the dog!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tally berens
    3/18/15
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    "Amazing"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a fantastic book, beautifully written, clever and so brilliantly narrated, I feel at a loss now it's finished. You must listen to it !!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon88
    3/17/15
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    "A good heavy weight book"

    This has been a long heavy weight book for me. Normally I read or listen to quick fire novels that fly from the start.
    The detail in this book is rich and deep. It's a great book and I can highly recommend it. I will listen to this author again in the future. Highly enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/17/15
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    "wonderful!"

    I loved this book and really enjoyed the experience of listening to it as an audio book. The narrator brought the characters to life so well - I can still hear them even though I finished the book 2 weeks ago!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mini
    Henley-On-Thames
    10/16/14
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    "Beware - good but not THAT good"

    Like most "everyone's reading it" books, the hype is normally greater than the story. Although GOOD, it's not THAT good. The story is very, very slow and some of the scenes seem to go into infuriating details which could have been summarised in 2 sentences. Kept thinking there must be some point to some of the detail which stops the progress, but by the end, realised there wasn't.
    Read, so you can say you've read it... but there are some much better books out there which you should have higher on your wish list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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