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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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    Amy R 07-24-15
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    "Great read."

    I did love the book although it was a little verbose in some areas. Sometimes the descriptions were just too much. The narrator was excellent and did a great job distinguishing between characters. Loved the concept of the book.

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    Dennis 07-23-15
    Dennis 07-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "How to drug user manual"

    weak story; amoral psycho babbel rationalizing successive stupid decisions that ultimately result in a positive contrived outcome.

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    Agnes Pletnia 07-22-15
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    "Great story, bad accents took me out of it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The story and writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way Donna Tartt writes and her characters.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of, the over the top accents really ruined it for me a bit.


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

    I cried at the end.


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    Judy Mahan 07-21-15
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    "Not for me."

    I average 2 books a month. I love finding books I can't put down or am anxious to get back to when time permits. Unfortunately this wasn't one of them. I think it dragged slowly through the story with too much detail. Oten boring though I did love the narration. Otherwise I would have laid this one aside.

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    Jennifer Gramins 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but took a while ..."

    Overall I liked the story but I found it very had to get into at the beginning and I found myself not listening fairly often. Not the narrator but the content I believe

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    Tina QUEEN CREEK, AZ, United States 07-20-15
    Tina QUEEN CREEK, AZ, United States 07-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "So Depressing!"

    I could barely get through the book, it was so depressing. Tragedy hits everyone, in one way or another. Why a story of a kid whose life just gets worse and worse? A friend recommended this... I don't think I'll listen to another recommendation from her again. The only good thing I can say is David Pittu did a good job.

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    Amazon Customer 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful, disturbing, beautiful"

    Well narrated, beautifully written, disturbingly dark, and yet uplifting. The were times I wanted to leave the book as too disturbing, too dark, but the story, the narrative has a haunting beauty that kept me involved.

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    Brenda Wren 07-16-15
    Brenda Wren 07-16-15
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    "Wow"

    Amazing tale wound through various areas of life from loss to love and so much more

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    Mr 07-15-15
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    "Bloated!"

    This book has what is fundamentally an interesting plot. However, the writing is bloated to an almost unbearable extent. Would be a great book with a good editor. I also struggled with the unsympathetic protagonist, who's ceaseless self-pity and poor decisions became irritating.
    Narration was acceptable, but gave all characters a sort of nasal whining lilt that got old after a while.

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    Tina Stanko 07-15-15
    Tina Stanko 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goldfinch the most enjoyable?

    The characters were very believable.


    What other book might you compare The Goldfinch to and why?

    None that I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Boris tells him he has turned in the painting to authorities.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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