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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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    KS 11-04-17
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    "A slog but beautiful"

    For a 35 hour book, it is beautiful. However you have to commit to it. I want to frame some of the quotes from this, just...lovely.

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    Pecan 11-03-17
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    "The dead Goldfinch"

    I had friends tell me this book was deadly boring, but the reviews were good so I decided to try it. My friends were right. 22 hours of my life gone bc I kept waiting for something to happen. The minute descriptions & philosophical observations went on ad nauseam. This is the only audio book I have fast forwarded over & over again. The saving grace was the reader who was wonderful.

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    Katie 11-03-17
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    "I wish I could go back and experience it again for the first time"

    I wish I could go back in time and experience it again for the first time. I just loved the overall story and the performance by the narrator was impeccable! I truly felt like I was watching the story in my mind because the writing was so descriptive and beautiful. I highly recommend this book. Whether you read it or listen to it!!

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    Ellen Davis Michigan 11-01-17
    Ellen Davis Michigan 11-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story great narration!"

    This was an awesome book about a young boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the defining event of his life also leads him through a chain of events and changes, some good, some not so good, that bring him together with people he develops meaningful relationships with. Donna Tartt does an exceptional job of naturally manipulating a variety of characters who shape the life of a young man after he suffered a devastating loss as a teenager. David Pittu does an awesome job of narrating male and female characters in a way that brings them to life on the TV screen in your mind as you listen.

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    Maureen 11-01-17
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    "Very disturbing"

    This book , although well written, was very dark and disturbing.
    I kept hoping things would turn and be even the slightest upbeat but that didn't happen.
    It depressed me.

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    "A great listen"

    I so enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was extraordinary but the composition of the story and characters and experience was what continued to fuel my need to keep listening. A wonderfully deep soul in words.

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    kwehby Ft Thomas, KY 10-31-17
    kwehby Ft Thomas, KY 10-31-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, fantastic narration"

    I liked this book and found it unique and engaging overall. It did tend to wander and get tedious at a few points, but I think that experience fits with the main character and his experience of life - so it worked for me.

    I thought the narrator was awesome. While he talked really fast sometimes, his presentation of all the various characters' voices was incredible. Male, female, old, young, Russian, gangster or aging cocktail waitress - you always knew which character was speaking, and he never missed a beat. A pleasure to listen to!

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    Amazon Customer 10-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So Good I never wanted it to end."

    The book is a masterpiece. David Pittu narrating this book was absolute brilliance and added an experiential realness that made it feel like I was eavesdropping on an actual conversation among the characters.

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    ToesInSand Boise, ID 10-30-17
    ToesInSand Boise, ID 10-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Full of “filler” Dialogue"

    I started this book four times before I was finally able to get far enough for the storyline to grab me. I listened to the first 13 or 14 looonngg chapters because I was interested in the basic story conflict. Then, I skipped to final chapter for two reasons. The first is because I basically knew early on what had happened to the painting; and second, I couldn’t stand to long, ongoing dialogue. The dialogue between characters, as well as within the minds of characters, and sometimes just a character rambling on aloud the thoughts in their brain much of the time the dialogue was just boring and seemed like filler to make this book as long as possible. One example of this is when Theo and his mom were in the museum and she talked aloud her thoughts about different pieces and artists. I thought it was never going to end!!! I was going to quit the book for good when finally an event happened that kept me going. Book okay but wouldn’t recommend it. Onto the narrator. I thought his main voice was good but as with many other narrators, he just can’t pull off a full cast of characters. He gave a character described as being in his fifties or maybe sixties the voice of a very elderly man. He gave others voice that sounded as if they were stupid just to find out they were not stupid nor had the author described them as stupid. I have become such a fan of full cast narration unless the narrator is someone like Bahni Turpin or Lou Diamond Phillips😁.

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    "Glad I read it. More glad it’s over."

    5 stars for melodrama, 3 stars for story line. Lots of fun in parts, but much of the book is s

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