The Goldfinch: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

By Donna Tartt
Read by David Pittu

32.40 Hours 10/22/2013 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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 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 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013

A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book

A2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction

A USA Today Bestseller

A #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

A #1 NPR Bestseller

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

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 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

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays thirteen-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. Tartt’s enthralling narrative is fully realized by the gifted Pittu.” AudioFile
A smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind…an extraordinary work of fiction.” Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A book about art in all its forms…Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart.” Vanity Fair
“[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel…Reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.” New York Times
“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…A standout.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Theo is magnetic…The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Carlotta 9/13/2017
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Riveting after Las Vegas

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.
by Carolyn 9/13/2017
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Belabored and abortive

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.
by Lauren M 9/13/2017
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Well Deserved Praise!

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!

Author

Author Bio: Donna Tartt

Donna Tartt is the author of The Goldfinch, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, as well as other major awards. Her novels The Secret History and The Little Friend have been translated into thirty languages. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 32.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English