The Goldfinch

  • by Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by David Pittu
  • 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction 2014
Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014
Audie Award Finalist, Literary Fiction, 2013
Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.
As he grows up, Theo learns to glide between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love - and his talisman, the painting, places him at the centre of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph - a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.


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The Goldfinch

I found this book annoying on several levels. We are told of a disaster looming in Theo's life early in the book but the time taken to get to the deails of the event nearly drove me crazy. I found the narrators monotone voice nearly put me to sleep, especially bad as I was on a long drive. Finally I find books about people on a path of self destruction very irrating and the insights I got into drug induced minds wasn't for me.
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- Sharron


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A younger voice and other characters did not sound engaging. It was was a painful listen.

What was most disappointing about Donna Tartt’s story?

The story was completely disjointed, hence was not able to engage or interest. It was just a complete waste of my time.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Pittu’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Goldfinch?

The book is needlessly long, with scenes not going anywhere or communicating anything that could engage.

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- Neepa C

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-22-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK