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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Audiobook CD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Goldfinch


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A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother; a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.
Authors: Tartt, Donna
Title: The goldfinch
[sound recording]
Publisher: [New York] :, Hachette, Little, Brown And Company,, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 26 audio discs (1950 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Content Type: spoken word
Media Type: audio
Carrier Type: audio disc
Notes: Title from web page.
Compact discs.
Duration: 32:30:00.
Summary: A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother; a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.
Local Note: 6 15 53 66 71 74 79 81 118 133 143 148 152 160 167 172 176 193 198 210 222 226 242 245 262 263 264 274 276
Additional Contributors: Pittu, David
ISBN: 9781600247118
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Even the best of books can be ruined by a poor reader. Luckily, David Pittu reads The Goldfinch like a true master. He doesn't read it, actually. He performs it giving each character a unique voice. The story itself is quite absorbing. Dickens meets Salinger meets Kerouac…and more.

Had the reader not read this book so well and perfectly captured the characters, I doubt I would have hung in to the end. The book went on and on like the never ending story. I got a bit annoyed with Theo at times too because he was so weak. Although he was traumatized by his mother's death, you'd think by his mid-twenties he would have smartened up and stopped his often annoying passive behaviour. In all though, it was an interesting, thought-provoking book.

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  • librarylizzard rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book has been surrounded by so much hype that when I finally got my hands on it I was let down by the story as a whole. Theo's young life (the first half of the book) was quite good, but as he grew older he became very unlikeable (in my opinion). His moral anguish and occasional dumbfoundedness grew tiring, and by the end I was rooting for him to learn his lesson rather than triumph. The ending was a bit too neat for my taste, as well. Overall, I'm glad I read it (or rather listened as an audiobook) because the descriptions of the art and the art world are fascinating. Still, it has not captured my heart and is not one of my favorite books.

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