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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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  • Mr. Nigel Halliwell
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    3/1/17
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    "Unexpected"

    Well written and performed. I don't usually read books with bad language or drug taking but this story drew me in

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  • IDABL
    2/27/17
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    "An exhausting listen"

    Awfully long-winded descriptions. Somewhat self-indulgent approach to telling a story which could have been shorter. I'm not sure the final five minute explanation of the whole reason the book was written really justifies the bulk of the text ploughed through to get to it's message. Trouble is, I now feel I have to listen to another of Donna's books to see if she is any better at telling a story or is just keen to show us how intelligent she is and at how thorough she can be at researching a subject.

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  • David
    2/13/17
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    "Just Amazing."

    This has to be the best narrative and best narrated book on Audible. Can't recommend enough. I'm now a huge Donna Tart and David Pittu fan.

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  • C Archibald
    2/7/17
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    "wow what a narrator!! astonishing performance"

    what a wonderful story. I'm so sorry to leave it especially the wonderful narration by David Pittu. a must listen

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  • sara c roberts
    2/4/17
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    "Donna tartt at her best"

    A drug fuelled odyssey into the depths of despair and the immolation by fire that the journey leads to. This book is profound in its exploration of one person's eye of the storm, a deeply soul searching, intelligently written account that is utterly intertwined with a struggle to understand why art has meaning, what a life should be and whether moral codes can be turned on their heads and still work. Nothing is certain, anything given can b taken away so what's the meaning of life? Wow. One of the best books ever read to me.

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  • RMTooting
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    1/31/17
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    "Way way way too long"

    Struggled to the end, sad to say no real pay off. Failed to engage with the lead character and the suppporting ones were paper thin. Where oh where was the editor?

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  • Amazon Customer
    1/29/17
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    "Unfettered genius. "

    Finished it in three days, but the story stayed with me for a long time.

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  • L Barber
    1/25/17
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    "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
    London, EC3M 1DT
    1/19/17
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    "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.
    1/15/17
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    "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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