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The Goldfinch

Tartt, Donna (Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 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
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Publisher: New York, NY :, Hachette Audio,, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 26 audio discs (1950 min.) ;,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,rda
audio file,CD audio,rda
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: 1 6 15 17 53 57 66 74 79 81 112 118 133 143 148 152 160 167 172 173 176 193 198 203 210 211 222 224 226 228 242 243 244 245 263 264 274 276
Additional Contributors: Pittu, David
ISBN: 9781600247118
Statement of Responsibility: Donna Tartt
Credits: Produced and directed by Cheryl Smith ; recorded by Jared O'Connell.
Performers: Read by David Pittu.
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction. Loss (Psychology) Fiction. Artists Fiction. Self-realization Fiction. New York (N.Y.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Bildungsromans.
Suspense fiction.
Audiobooks.
Topical Term: Young men
Loss (Psychology)
Artists
Self-realization
Publisher No: 2-72711
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Aug 31, 2014
  • lfro rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Sordid environment, unlikable and not very credible main character, turgid writing. God-awful.

Great production values for the audiobook though. I kept hoping that the text would rise up to the level of the production but it never did.

Yes, the book is very wordy and over-metaphored verging on the absurd at moments, but David Pittu's reading and voices makes this a gem. I listened while packing up an apartment, so I suggest you do the same: listen while doing chores and it will not seem like 33 hours has gone by!

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.However,at a certain point I felt that I had had enough and just dropped the book. I don't think I have missed much by doing so…just more of the same.

Jun 22, 2014
  • MIKIE7 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Tortured prose. Someone should poach a topic sentence from this book and submit it to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest just to see Tartt's tumescent style would "win".

Summing up: 32+ hours of words (audio book)...outstanding narration...a plot so thick with simile, metaphor and cliche that it could only have come from a parallel universe (or, in Tartt's case, an eleven year gestation)...a hand wringing, simpering protagonist with oedipal issues...and a journey of so many, many, words, that reaching even the simplest plot milestones brought only relief...a Pulitzer, really?

I got through 3 discs and decided to step away from Tartt's wall of words, my tolerance for thick phrasing and oft repeating "no character would ever think like this" far exceeded.

Caveat: I'm guessing that Tartt's descriptions of art and the world of art further on might have been both useful and enlightening (the "expert" opinions say this is so)...but at what cost to me, eh?

Tartt asked me to wade through heavy language.suspend any sense of credulity and accept unconvincing characters with implausible perceptions. I could not and so decided I could find more value in doing just about any other activity that day. Off I went.

Jun 03, 2014
  • tragicflaw rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This audiobook is 32.5 hours long! It would have been long at half that. The reader really is amazing, he draws you into each character and you know just by his many voices exactly who is talking. You can just picture them all perfectly but the book does really go on and on and on.... Every time you think it will move into a new part of his life, it doesn't, it just keeps going ... and going. Describing every detail of everything. Whoever edited it should have cut about half the book out. If I wanted to know how to restore antiques I would have gotten a book on that instead. And it is hard when you sometimes don't even like the main character, he makes such stupid choices, and terrible things are always happening to him. Not that they are all his fault, it is just one thing after another and then after you have invested over a day and half of your life into this... it just ends.

May 17, 2014
  • Joeyk56 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing as an audiobook - the narrator does an incredible job. I loved the story, but wonder if I would have had the interest to plow through the actual book without skipping through the descriptive parts - listening to it on my I phone was a fantastic experience because the story draws you in and the narrator keeps you enthralled.

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.

Feb 21, 2014
  • 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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