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The Goldfinch Audiobook

The Goldfinch

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - It's already been an amazing season for literary fiction - you can't go wrong with a new Jhumpa Lahiri novel, and Dave Eggers and Amy Tan will also be hitting our virtual shelves soon - but Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is truly one of the most anticipated books of the fall. I confess that I haven't been able to dig into it yet, but the early reviews I'm hearing from trusted colleagues have moved The Goldfinch to the top of my listening list. Sure it's long (ahem, credit-worthy), but the commitment is worth it, with the same intense suspense and character development that made The Secret History, Tartt's debut, a modern classic. —Diana D., Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Male, 2014

Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction, 2014

The author of the classic best-sellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and at the center of a narrowing, ever-more-dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

©2013 Donna Tartt (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays 13-year-old orphan Theo Decker with compassion, portraying his growing maturity in this story of grief and suspense…Pittu adds pathos to his depiction of the troubled Theo as he deals with addiction and finds himself in a dance with gangsters and the art world's darker dealers. (AudioFile)

"Dazzling....[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all Ms. Tartt's remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." (New York Times)

"A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art....Eloquent and assured, with memorable characters....A standout-and well-worth the wait." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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    Sonya A 11-13-15
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    "Long read/listen but worth it!"

    The last hour of the book was probably my favorite. Part 1 was a little bit hard to get into but it was necessary for the storyline -- which overall is incredible. The narration is the true magic of this though!!!

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    AC Anderson 11-07-15
    AC Anderson 11-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    I enjoyed this book and the narration by David Pittu. I do agree with some of the reviews regarding the length and redundancy of certain scenes. I think nothing would have been taken away from the story if a few of the scenes with Theo and Boris getting high were cut short or eliminated altogether. The point was already made. Otherwise brilliant, original and well narrated.

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    Desiree Wienand Pittsburgh, PA 11-04-15
    Desiree Wienand Pittsburgh, PA 11-04-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Gold until the end"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book! It was a lot of fun to learn more about the characters. The character development was spot on and interesting. The reader was very animated and good with accents. It was definitely a world that is different from mine so I found it fun to follow along. The writer is very good with descriptions, so it was easy to feel like you were part of the book. I actually felt hung over and sick at times. I recommend it, however I was disappointed with the ending. I felt like it was quite a big build up, then sort of fell flat. I think it would be interesting to hear the entire story from Pippa's point of view.

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    Jami 11-02-15
    Jami 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gorgeous"

    This book is extremely well written. It is so much more than I expected; Subtle, deep, meaningful and funny. The narrator is one of the best I've heard (I've listened to hundreds). I will recommend it to every hungry reader I know.

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    32 hours went by incredibly fast. The narrator was good, but not great. The story moved at the perfect pace.

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    Mary Katerberg 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A heart burner"

    I got so engrossed in the story I felt like I knew him personally. I was hoping he would find his way through to some happiness. I was very emotionally involved in the whole story.

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    ilene 10-25-15
    ilene 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    This has been the most amazing experience. A beautiful intricate story. Exquisite narration that made it impossible to stop listening to. Being quite a long story, it gives you more time to form attachments to the characters which causes a true sadness when it's over. Treat yourself to this one.

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    Lydia 10-19-15
    Lydia 10-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "struggled to finish. narration good. had to work "

    difficulty following story line. narration good. struggled to finish. had to keep referring back to find connection.

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    E F 10-18-15
    E F 10-18-15 Member Since 2015

    ...I love listening!

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    What did you like best about this story?

    In the beginning I had trouble getting into the story. The story got more interesting as I got further in. By the middle, I was very into the story and I couldn't stop listening. I loved the relationships between the people in this book, and it was filled with surprises.


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

    The narrator did a great job with the characters. David Pittu is one of the best narrators I have heard. Although his accents may not always be "accurate" to the character they were never distracting or annoying. I find accents can easily be either or both. He did a great job conveying the emotions of the main protagonist.


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    Joan Coalinga, California United States 10-17-15
    Joan Coalinga, California United States 10-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly entertaining"

    I thought tha this book was very well written, the author kept my mind occupied pretty much from the beginning till the end. I thought the narrator was excellent. He had an amazing ability to copy many different accents especially a Russian accent. I highly recommend this as an excellent read; it is somewhat long and the author waffles on at times where it could've been cut a little shorter. Apart from that it's excellent.

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