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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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  • Rosie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    11/30/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    11/29/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    10/30/16
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    "Intriguing story and great characters which together, keep you going, even when the philosophising gets a bit heavy"

    Having started with "The Secret History", I was expecting more of a plot driven book. Although there is a strong plot, the exploration of the characters and the situations make for a very good listen. Although it did seem to me at times, that there was a bit too much introspection and not enough getting on with it, it is well worth persevering. I would definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Kate Grenyer
    10/18/16
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    "Brilliant performance made the book"

    Rich cast of characters vividly brought to life in book to indulge in. I loved this book - I think because of the performance. If I had read it I would have enjoyed the tale enough but Tartt's writing style requires time and space for the tale to evolve' and a beautifull rendered performance made the world the characters inhabit come alive and feel whole. A great yarn about loss, trauma, recovery, art and the value we place on 'things' geat or small, that affect us and hold significance. This will stay with me a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    10/7/16
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    "A good tale but too long"

    Firstly this is narrated brilliantly.
    Secondly, it is a good tale woven around a piece of artwork. I had no idea what the plot was at all before I began my listen.
    However, I felt that certain passages were overly long and drawn out, without really adding anything to the development of the book. In parts it seemed to be trying too hard. Without being a spoiler, an hour and a quarter to describe two teenage boys getting drunk and being sick was at least an hour too much. Hence Bly three stars overall . That said nearly all my wife's friends thought the whole thing was marvellous. So it's worth the read and make your own mind up, ( as always).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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