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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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    Nicole.Leigh 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What am I missing?"

    I hope someone can explain to me why this book has so many great reviews and why it won the Pulitzer. The storyline is barely interesting, and it moves along so slowly. It took several attempts to actually finish it, always holding onto the thought that I'd eventually see what all the accolades were about. I never found my satisfaction and wish I hadn't wasted so much time.

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    Tammy A. Trocino Mount Dora, FL USA 05-12-17
    Tammy A. Trocino Mount Dora, FL USA 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed the journey"

    Not and easy read or circumstances, and sometimes a little wordy, but so well written and played out, really great read!

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    Paul Segarra 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    David Pittu does an incredible job reading this book. And the story is an amazing journey.

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    Karen S. Kungie-torres Los Angeles, CA 05-08-17
    Karen S. Kungie-torres Los Angeles, CA 05-08-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing. Big. Impressive."

    David Pittu is by far the most talented reader I have listened to yet. His ability to vary his voice for so many different characters and do it so consistently well is top notch.
    The story is also engaging and entertaining. Donna Tartt creates complex characters and explores huge, philosophical ideas about art, truth, and good and bad in the universe. I highly recommend this audiobook.

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    chernjam 05-06-17
    chernjam 05-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Long... But worth it"

    Definitely the longest book I've encountered - perhaps ever. But a fascinating tale that kept me engaged over the three months I chipped away at this. Truly an engrossing story that keeps moving.

    Was impressed by the audio performance of this. Definitely brought this story to life in a way I wasn't expecting.

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    Rianna Ruschman 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "800 pages of negativity."

    Literally nothing happy happens in this book. One bad thing after another. The only reason I fished it was to discuss it in a book club, but there really wasn't anything I liked about it. The narrator did a very good job for what he was given to read, but if you're wanting something uplifting, something that will draw you in, something full of love, this is not the book to choose.

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    Rachel I Long Island City, NY United States 04-27-17
    Rachel I Long Island City, NY United States 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very different"

    I loved the unusual plot, but there were 2 times in the book that I had to fast forward the monotony.

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    Marley Caston 04-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Long but good"

    Parts of this book I loved and parts I hated. There were definitely parts that kept me captivated and entertained and then times I felt like quitting the book altogether. In the end I'm glad I didn't. I really enjoyed it and the narrator was perfect.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-26-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 04-26-17

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Two thirds lyrical beauty, one third messy mystery"

    I wanted to LOVE this book. It has consistently been reviewed as a 5 star book. It won the Pulitzer Prize. Plus, I tend to love coming of age stories -- just look for my review of A Prayer for Owen Meany! Unfortunately though, my four star review is generous. The first two thirds of this book are excellent and if it had ended there I would have given it 5 stars. But then it goes completely off-track and becomes a messy and moralistic mystery. And unfortunately the lessons learned do not even feel authentic. I was very disappointed and wish that the author had chopped the book off about 150 pages sooner.

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    Vini 04-26-17
    Vini 04-26-17
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    "Easy to understand winning the Pulitzer Prize."

    Although a rather long book, that could have easily been two books, it's necessary to have all the information that's written in this text to really feel and understand the story.

    A little slow to take off but that's necessary to have all the 'history' in the first part of the book to comprehend the gravity of the second half of the book.

    Donna Tart is amazing at being able to tell this story from the perspective of not only a teenage boy but a full grown man. She's also able to really understand and convey information from a drug user and the subtleties of a drug users day-to-day grind with their habits.

    Donna Tart also manages to include shout outs to many great philosophers and philosophical texts throughout The Goldfinch so subtle that it's easy to miss as the story washes over you.

    A brilliant novel worthy of praise. My only concern is the movie that will be going into production as it would be very difficult to even have the first half of the book done justice even in a 2 1/2 hr motion picture. I'll remain sceptic till I see the execution.

    Bravo, Tart! Bravo!!!

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