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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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  • L Barber
  • 01-25-17

Feeling bereft having finished it!

LOVED this book, written so eloquently, with so much detail, I feel I knew the characters as well as my closest family members. It was brilliantly performed, in a way that could not have been improved on. I had hoped the ending would be different, but the final paragraph was pertinent to us all.

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  • Aruna Limoli
  • 01-19-17

outstanding novel

Loved every minute of this narration. Sad, true, beautiful. David Pittu does an amazing job in bringing Donna Tart's writing to even richest life. One of my favourite.

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  • Dr S.
  • 01-15-17

Outstanding performance of a deeply moving, fascinating and creative narrative.

The central characters are so vivid. And the maternal loss at the centre of it all is realised with consummate skill. The author MUST surely have been through or been very close to a parental bereavement. By the same token their insight into drug and alcohol addiction suggests similar intimate knowledge. OR she's up there in a very exalted peer-group of authors who get imaginatively SO deeply into their characters' motivating issues that it amazes those of us who have lived and worked with these same issues, and gives us yet deeper insights.
Grand Chapeau to you Donna Tartt.

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  • Daramfon
  • 12-27-16

All encompassing story

The narrator embodied the main character and was great with other characters too. I enjoyed the gold finch a lot. Got to learn about Fabritus and Rembrandt and about the immortality of Arts and our love for it.

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  • Emma-marie M
  • 12-18-16

Brilliant all round

The recording was stellar and did the novel justice. Very well done indeed; I highly recommend.

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  • Meg A.
  • 12-10-16

Masterpiece

Beautifully written, wonderfully narrated, thought provoking.
I don't often listen to a book twice but the second time was just as good.

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  • steelyjuan
  • 12-08-16

Not all that great

Great narration, but book feels like an unedited 1st draft. Could have been half the size. Last half hour is incredibly self indulgent. In retrospect, wouldn't have started, but once I did felt obliged to finish.

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  • lyndsay
  • 12-05-16

Great!

Loved this book! The narration was great - really have a sense of all of the different characters without feeling forced. This, along with it being a well written book with an interesting plot, made it a delightful and involving book to listen to.

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  • Rosie
  • 11-30-16

One of the best books I've ever read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's long but definitely worth getting into. I listen to it during my commute and whenever I have a free moment and it doesn't feel like it drags, as some audiobooks can.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character is Boris - he's a terrible person but very loveable.

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

Probably Hobie, he performs him very well. I feel as if some of the female characters are a bit overdone (voices slightly too high or whiny), but for the most part the reading is wonderful.

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

Both. This is one of the best books I've ever read, and my favourite of Donna Tartt's. The words truly sing. It has a slightly Great Expectationsy feeling about it.

Any additional comments?

I can't describe how good this book is. If you are put off by the length or think that it might be too 'heavy' for you, then don't be. The plot is all engrossing and the characters are full of life and humour, even when they are in tragic situations.

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  • Natalie
  • 11-29-16

The thick accent was very irritating.

Don't know a real person who's been living in the USA for so many years, went to school there and still preserved such a harsh accent. That was annoying. The book was frankly boring at times. Quit listening a couple of times and then got back to it again, though overall impression is quite good.