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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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  • M N R
    10/6/16
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    "16 again..."

    Completely enveloped me like nothing else has since my youth.

    The narrator (more than a narrator) was brilliant I'd buy a book for his voice alone.

    One criticism is that I thought the European jaunt towards the end was daft. But that didn't take away anything.

    I miss being with the characters...

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/29/16
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    "a masterpiece"


    I loved this book and marvel at how the author gets inside the characters and brings them alive. The narrator too. Excellent and feel bereft on finishing...almost tempted to listen again straight away.

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  • Rebecca
    9/23/16
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    "Enthralling"

    A beautifully written and read book I couldn't stop listening and found the exploration of bereavement and loss genuine and moving

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie Muggins
    Leeds, UK
    9/19/16
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    "Wonderful novel"

    I loved this audiobook. It was the first time I have listened to fiction on Audible and I chose it because I wanted a long, involved story - something I could get immersed in. After reading lots of reviews I chose this and loved it. I've read both the Secret History (loved) and Little Friend (hated) so listened to the sample before choosing. I thought the narrator did a great job of all the different voices and accents. The plot was absorbing and I loved the protagonist as well as the characters Boris and Hoby. Would recommend this for anyone wanting a modern American novel set in New York with themes around love, death, art and copious amounts of drug-taking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    9/18/16
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    "thoroughly enjoyable book"

    loved this story and the narrator. totally absorbing..not able to anticipate what was going to happen next. The narrator's character voices were chosen and delivered brilliantly contributing to my enjoyment of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V
    9/15/16
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    "Long winded at times"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. The reviews were excellent, maybe I expected more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the view into the world of antiques.
    I found myself saying, I get it, move on now!


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

    Narrator is excellent, 10 out of 10


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

    Annoyed. I didn't like Theo, he was his fathers son!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/6/16
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    "I nearly quit after an hour."

    So glad I didn't, my life would be less wholesome. Second book I ever listened to and remains one of the finest to this day. The first couple of hours dragged, but after that I was swept away in this true epic. Fabulous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauenna
    Somerset
    8/17/16
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    "Amazing "

    Compelling, thought provoking, wonderful characters and left me contemplating my relationship to art, objects and life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DarrenK
    8/4/16
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    "great story well narrated"

    I'm a fan of Donna Tartt's writing and this story was as good as others I've read. well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harley
    Scotland, UK
    7/27/16
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    "Wonderful"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The whole thing was beautifully written. One of the most standout parts for me was Tartt's ability to write of Theo's time in Nevada in such a way that you feel right there in the desert with him.


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

    I think this is my first by David Pittu, but his performance was outstanding. A very good character actor and narrator in one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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