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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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    Asher Ethan 04-20-17
    Asher Ethan 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book for runners to listen to whole running."

    i did enjoy this story (the narration made it even better!) But the ending was eh. still deserves 4 stars

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    Nicole Steinbeck OH United States 04-20-17
    Nicole Steinbeck OH United States 04-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What is the point of this novel?"
    What would have made The Goldfinch better?

    A story that moved along....instead it read like a young adult journal of daily events. I never made it past the scenes in Las Vegas. In my defense I never finished the book, but what story was she trying to tell??


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    Nope


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

    Boris was very good as was the older gentleman who repaired the furniture. After all the lines and lines of unnecessary details, his name escapes me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

    All the scenes should have been cut down. We get the kid has a miserable life after his mom dies. I don't need days and days of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I never finished this book. I couldn't get through another hour of repetitive detail and melancholy atmosphere without there being some story.

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    Sean R. 04-17-17
    Sean R. 04-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Best narration I've heard yet'"

    There is not much I did not like about this book. I know it is one that I will go back to in the future. The Goldfinch broke my heart in many ways, but I enjoyed every minute. The narration is fantastic.

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    kim brookline, MA, United States 04-09-17
    kim brookline, MA, United States 04-09-17 Member Since 2013

    I love to be read to!

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    "The best book I've read in a long time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The story, the performance. Both stellar.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    The performance brought these characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out an online exhibit of the real painting The Goldfinch. Makes this reading experience richer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene J. 03-31-17
    Darlene J. 03-31-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Too boring"

    I struggled to finish this too long, too boring book. I had no interest in this subject.

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    Lauren 03-28-17
    Lauren 03-28-17
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    "I want my 30 hours back!"

    This book could have been told in 5 hours tops! If not for the narrator I would have given up on this book. DO not believe the hype of this book. So utterly disappointed.

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    Amazon Customer Central Texas 03-21-17
    Amazon Customer Central Texas 03-21-17 Member Since 2014

    Country Mama

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    "Good, just not my type of story"

    I started slowly with the digital book but finished with Audible to finish faster. There is so much to be sad about and most characters were so flawed, I had a hard time getting through it.
    The story does make you think and stick with you. It has a strong message. I just prefer the drama gets worked out happily. But that's the message here. Life isn't like that.

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    NEMO Cougar 03-19-17
    NEMO Cougar 03-19-17
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    "Memorable, surprising, unexpected!"
    What did you love best about The Goldfinch?

    I'm an avid audiobook fan, but this is my first book by Donna Tartt. I chose it based on high ratings and I generally liked the idea of a story about a painting and a young man. But this book took me completely off guard.
    First, it's HUGE/LONG! this story is complex, covers many years of the main character's life, and felt more like a 3-4 book series by the end. This is not a criticism - it was an amazing experience, but just unexpected. I had no idea what a commitment I was making when I purchased it because I hadn't noticed the *32 hours* length. In the end, it was a very satisfying read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to be absorbed by a book at length - someone who does not skim pages in a rush to see what happens next. This story is woven of intricate fabric and it takes time to unfold. But wow! what a tapestry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are several aspects of this story that changed the way I think about the world, I learned so much from it. I hesitate to be too specific because I could put off a potential reader with the wrong detail - there is so much here about the sensory experience of art, teenage perceptions, addiction, infatuation, oddities of family life, etc. Many times I was afraid to find out what happened next - for a non-thriller, non-horror story, this was certainly a book that kept me on the edge of my chair during some chapters.


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

    Audio format suits this story extremely well - I'm so glad to have listened to this narrator. There were many characters,various & unusual accents & language snippets - David Pittu did a superb job bringing these characters to life and was convincing as the main character at various ages.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first audiobook review, even though I listen to many books a year and often rate them highly - I'm picky about what I choose. But I wrote this to encourage people to listen to this book because I'm so glad I didn't miss it - just skip the reviews and go click the Buy button, if you are one of those readers I described above who likes a good, long, absorbing story. Hope you are as moved, amazed, disturbed, and satisfied as I was.

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    Lee Severson 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrific writing"

    eloquent, perfectly place words. The psychological progressive is moving at times, and the storyline carries enough intrigue to carry the coming of age concept to climax and repose

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    Nancy L. Collins 03-09-17

    Nancy Collins

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    "Wow wow wow"
    Any additional comments?

    Someday this will be classified as a truly great writing in the same league as Gone with the Wind. Some may laugh at this but mean it from the bottom of my heart. The author is a genius with words and characters.

    There is hidden meanings throughout the story. The Goldfinch art piece could represent many things in life that we hide and carry with a burden. These burdens of life move us down many avenues and push us into people and circumstances.

    If you haven't experienced this story you are in for a big surprise. If you gave read the book in text get this audio. It is an experience you don't want to miss.

    If I could give it 10 stars I would.

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