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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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    I would highly recommend this book to anybody who breathes.
    This is by far the most captivating, soul tugging book I have ever read/listened to.
    It's performed by David Pittu, and he truly does a spectacular job of bringing each character to life and keeping the soul and integrity of each intact.

    I'm about to start the book again

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    Lindsay Edwards Ingham Napa, CA United States 02-19-16
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    "Honestly one of the worst books I've ever read."

    To say this book was underwhelming is an understatement. The beginning of the book started out fine, but then...it...went...on...and...on... After the first few chapters, I found myself caring less and less about what was to come until finally, when I realized this book was merely a litany of boring and mundane details about a meaningless character, I had to stop the torture. Frankly, it was several hours of my life wasted. Ugh.

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    I loved it......so sorry it ended.

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    "great story. engrossing and unforgettable."

    amazing. just great. travel through decades and countries with a sad boy who becomes a complicated man.

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    Incredible narration. I will long be haunted by the pain and heartbreak of this story as well as the beauty in the language with which it is told. So glad I chose to listen to the story. The narrators voicing of accents and differing characters added a richness I think I may have missed in print.

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    "Resplendent."

    All I can say, having not been this moved by a book in many years,-yet being an avid reader- is that I would not presume to write a review until I read this treasure AGAIN...

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    "Draws you in, you live his life and experiences."

    The book started off so desperately that I almost quit but was drawn into his strange, exciting, sad life and could not tear myself away. I felt the effects of the drugs though I have never taken any illegal drug because the words were so powerful. I began to wonder close to the end how in the world she could end it in a way that I would say I enjoyed reading it. I loved the book.

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    S. Thompson Austin, Texas 02-11-16
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    "Compelling!!"
    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably number 2


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BORIS!!! His voice is so consistent, so mercurial, and such a delightful foil to "Potter's" American, conventionally moral voice.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Top drawer. I think his female voices could be less breathy, but otherwise, excellent.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Goldfinch and why?

    BORIS, see above


    Any additional comments?

    Several critics were very disappointed with this novel and gave good reasons for their views. However, I loved the ambiguous sense of time, the fairy tale character of it, and the obvious references to Dickens. The plot never quit!!<br/><br/>How does she write so convincingly about drug use? :)

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    Kathryn 02-06-16
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    "Gorgeous prose and an engaging plot"

    I love more literary books and I loved this. The critiques of it are that its more plot driven, but in my opinion that's not to the detriment of character development. This story manages to do both so perfectly. I found myself eager to work so I could listen to it.

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    Dunner612 02-03-16
    Dunner612 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So-so"

    Not bad, but not great either. Several people told me how amazing this book was, and I wanted to like it, but it just didn't connect with me.

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