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The Goldfinch:

A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

  • Read by: David Pittu
  • Runtime: 32.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 10.22.2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group
  • Genre: Fiction
  • 32.40 hrs10/22/2013Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781600247125
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Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Narration

A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Audie® Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration

Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration-Male

A 2013 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist in Fiction

A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013

A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book

A2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A #1 NPR Bestseller

A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, October 2013

A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Fiction

A #1 BookPage Best Book of 2013

A Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2013

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013

A Library Journal Bestseller

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

An October 2013 LibraryReads Pick

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an explosion that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

Editorial Reviews

The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”

Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Goldfinch is a book about art in all its forms, and right from the start we remember why we enjoy Donna Tartt so much: the humming plot and elegant prose; the living, breathing characters; the perfectly captured settings....Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart.”

Vanity Fair

“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

“Bomb blast in the museum. That’s how The Goldfinch begins, like a modernist manifesto in action. But though the fragments sunder and swirl, Tartt’s storytelling is old-school, sequential, with a continuous, even pressure of mind behind it…Tartt’s prose is of the kind that goes everywhere, explains everything, tumbles over its own rhythms in transports of data-based imagery.”

Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

“Drenched in sensory detail, infused with Theo’s churning thoughts and feelings, sparked by nimble dialogue, and propelled by escalating cosmic angst and thriller action, Tartt’s trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.”

Booklist (starred review)

“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 Reviews (starred review)

“There’s a bewitching urgency to the narration that’s impossible to resist. Theo is magnetic…The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read.”

Publishers Weekly

“Bestselling novelist Donna Tartt draws on Dickensian themes in her new work. Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Tartt’s enthralling narrative is fully realized by the gifted Pittu.”

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2 out of 3 (67%) recommend this product

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    • 5/5

    Well Deserved Praise!

    Lauren M September 15, 2014
    I’m not even sure where to start talking about this book! Dense, raw, beautifully written, and achingly sad in places – nearly a saga as it follows so many phases of the main character’s life. It’s just GOOD. The characters are so flawed, but their development is so compelling. Its one of those books where even though the major events are very spaced, you're somehow just as riveted by every character, anecdote, development, and relationship, no matter how small. The audio version especially was fantastic – the characters and voices are all so distinct and entertaining, you forget it’s only narrated by one person. Definitely not a casual listen, but very worth the time. You’ll want to start a book club just to talk more about this book!
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    • 5/5

    Riveting after Las Vegas

    Carlotta August 27, 2014
    It took me a while to get into it but after Theo returned to NY from Las Vegas the book took off and I could stopping listening for the rest of the weekend! Everything went to pot in my life until The Goldfinch was finished. The last 10 pages were a bit too philosophical for me but I re-read them thinking I missed something.
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    • 3/5

    Belabored and abortive

    Carolyn May 5, 2014
    This is a very long book that promises a deep and cathartic transformation of the main character. That transformation does not occur and ultimately that is why the book fails. This is a story of son who loses his mother; that part occurs in the first quarter of the book. The rest of the novel catalogs in endless detail his life lived numb and paralyzed with grief. He endures what we all endure, life's ups and downs: people who help and people who hurt, but remains numb and paralyzed. He is in the possession of a priceless piece of art that is his tenuous connection to his mother. This painting takes his life into a subplot about stolen art and those who deal in it. The characters are vividly drawn and you do care about what happens to the protagonist. It is a disappointing novel in that it promises so much more than it delivers. I wanted so much for the protagonist to find healing and a sense of himself beyond his grief, but the novel more or less just stops after the piece of art subplot resolves. That he endures is what we are given. For many, this is enough. For me, it was not.
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Author Biography

Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and educated at the University of Mississippi and Bennington College. Her debut novel, The Secret History, was met with high critical acclaim and was an international bestseller.

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David Pittu is an American actor known primarily for his work on the New York stage, in both plays and musicals. He is also a writer and director and a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. He has twice been nominated for a Tony Award.

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