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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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  • 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
  • Reluctant Mermaid
    Denmark
    9/21/14
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    "WONDERFUL, but ..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, David Pittu, is terrific - THE best narration of a fictional book that I have heard.


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

    I don't normally like fiction to be "read" to me because the 'voices' of the characters are not necessarily the ones I would have 'in my head' - but David Pittu is brilliant at bringing the characters to life. With a lot of audio books, you remain aware that the reader is "acting" (which creates a 'distance' between you and the characters) - but, with Pittu, you completely forget that he is narrating and can become immersed in the story and the characters. He is a fantastic voice actor.


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

    Not one "moment" in particular - but the author has a way of illuminating "little things", responses, reactions, thoughts that really hit home with the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't want to criticise this book, because it is fantastic … but I felt some parts were a little "overblown" and long and could have done with a tiny bit more editing just to keep the pace of the book going. However, Tartt's ability to create really three-dimensional characters is wonderful - and they remain with you for a long, long time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    5/19/14
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    "Best book I ever listened to!"
    What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

    There is not a word wrong, I was utterly sucked in, living the book, loving the characters with all my heart! It was a wonderful story, so moving and so many intriguing lines drawn concerning history, art, suffering, longing, families, belonging..... I get the dickens comparison but also though there was some jack kerouac in there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris and Zandra. I loved the narrators accents, made me really fond of them.


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

    I have never heard anything else but he was incredible. Perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But it was a great long book to spread over a couple of weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Overwhelmed with how fantastic this book and its performance is. So pleased to have experienced it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    United Kingdom
    5/12/14
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    "Way too long!"
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    I loved the way Hoby was portrayed - he came across as very cosy and comforting. I hated the length of this book - no need and the story could have easily been told in half the time while still maintaining lots of good prose.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending - I wanted to know how it all worked out, but instead we got a bit of a preachy end I'm afraid. Very unsatisfying after hanging on in there for so many hours.


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

    Hoby


    Was The Goldfinch worth the listening time?

    No - it was far too long. I started to enjoy it after about 2 hours, but by the time I got to 10-12 hours in, I was a bit bored. There is just too much unnecessary detail.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Welsh Mafia
    North Cornelly
    2/3/14
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    "Camp America - a Tartt rebuke.."

    Well cor blimey guv’nor, would you Adam and Eve it. Following the unsurpassable The Secret History - here we ‘ave an homage to Charlie Dickings’ wot as all the weight and authenticity of ‘arry Potter and - after all the bull and bluster - a surety of tone that put me in mind of me owld mate Bert the Chimney Sweep from Mary Poppins!

    With some many pages to go, I was wishing someone had had a word in Donna's shell-like and advised her to turn it in love, this is going nowheres. I mean, love a duck - Las Vegas and East 52nd Street via The Mile End Road. You can spot them a mile orf - Viktor Krum, Dumbledore, with a thinly applied veneer of the Old Curiosity Shop. Did no one at the publishers sit down with her and say that the Rowling market’s already full enough thank you very much?

    Unpleasant characters, uninteresting plot, descriptions lifted from on-line catalogues....ten years in the making, “painting a fence with a brush the size of an eyelash” - you’re ‘avin a tin bath ain’t ‘cha?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sarah
    over wallop, United Kingdom
    11/29/13
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    "slow burner but gets there in the end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    You need to persevere with it as after the initial bomb blast, the first half is very slow, but does build towards the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is very believable.


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

    I did like his accents, especially the Russian ones. He was able to bring the different characteristics to life, not just with the accent, but with the timbre and expression in his voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! it's way too long, and I think you'd lose the will to live as there is a lot of drug taking throughout and the narrative meanders somewhat.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was a little hurried. I only gave it 5 stars as it left me a little deflated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Oscar
    4/20/14
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    "Far too slow moving for me."

    I know loads of people adore this book and Donna Tartt fans will love it. However, I found the descriptions weighed down the book and took any pace and urgency out of it. The narrator went on constant mind meanders, thinking about this and thinking about that before he got to the point. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and the tension was set up well at the beginning of the book, but forward motion was so slow in terms of moving the plot forwards. I didn't particularly enjoy Tartt's writing, as in, I wasn't content to listen to her write and write about all sorts before she got to the point of her story, so I abandoned ship and didn't finish it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Kfar Daniel, Israel
    2/18/14
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    "Excellent story but very very long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was good but much too long. Tons of description so that you get weighed down by it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • NEAMH
    11/16/17
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    "couldn't wait for the end, not enough substance fo"

    not enough substance for the length of the story, even cutting it by half was still too much time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephibobz
    11/8/17
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    "Utterly Sublime!"

    This story is utterly sublime.
    I didn't know what to expect with this tale as the blurb didn't give much away. I was pulled into a world where you instantly felt you were there with Theo (main protagonist). The way Donna Tartt and David Pittu have written and narrated the book is truly compulsive... you always want more. It moves you in many ways leaving you breathless, but the story is always somehow believable.
    I can't describe what this book is about, it's not a story... It's more an experience.
    The richness of the writing and the excellence of the narration provides you with an exception experience. One which will stay with me for some time.
    I HIGHLY recommend this wonder of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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