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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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    Carrie L. Graham West Palm Beach, Florida United States 10-16-15
    Carrie L. Graham West Palm Beach, Florida United States 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The most amazing narrator I've ever heard!!"

    Not only is The Goldfinch the is best book I've read, the narrator is truly amazing!! Loved loved loved!!!!

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    Jill 10-13-15
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    I have listened to it twice and loved the story as well as the narration.

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    Betty United States 10-13-15
    Betty United States 10-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    It held my interest for days, but the ending was much too long and boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Russian.


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

    He made it come to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No I got discouraged, especially in Amsterdam. It took to long for his friend to get back.


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    Lansing Andolina 10-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite book this year!"

    The Gold Finch kept me entertained for a month on my commute to and from work. The story was engaging and the performance was superb.

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    EK 10-09-15
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    "worth the ride"

    I felt the author went overboard with the overly descriptive environments which made the book hard to get into in the beginning but once things picked up I was truly interested in the story. I never really liked Theo, not because of the drugs, more for his selfishness. The performance was to notch, well narrated!

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    Lynda BREINIGSVILLE, PA, United States 10-08-15
    Lynda BREINIGSVILLE, PA, United States 10-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listening to this was my best decision ever!"

    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is without a doubt an excellent book. No question. But it was better than I expected because of the fantastic performance of the narrator, David Pittu. His ability to do voices enhanced this experience for me. Thanks to both author and narrator!

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    Jackson 10-08-15
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    "Loved it!"

    Beautifully descriptive. You can visualize scenes. Narrator was easy to listen to. So many messages and insights to take with you.

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    kcar California 10-07-15
    kcar California 10-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    Very anticlimactic ending. F word used way to much and needlessly. Situations and thoughts of characters overly describe. Story could have and should have been done in 1/2 the time. Author seemed to condone use of narcotics. Complete waste of time and money

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    Lori Vaas 10-06-15
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    "a saga unlike any other. wonderfully fleshed out"

    the narrator was the best I've ever heard. the characters never lacked something pertinent to share. I loved this book, shared in first person.

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    carrie l 10-05-15
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    The ending was rather disappointing. Unless I really missed something there were many unanswered questions

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