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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Hachette Audio,, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781600247118
Characteristics: 26 audio discs (1950 min.) ;,4 3/4 in.
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Additional Contributors: Pittu, David

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Jan 09, 2015
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Thank goodness for David Pittu! His reading made this extremely long and monotonous story bearable.

Dec 21, 2014
  • queenjill rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

If you need a tight story with a plot that moves along at even a modest pace, I will suggest that this book is NOT for you.

This is a prose-heavy book with extensive description of every detail, every thought, every moment of the protagonist's life. It is as if you are living this kid's life with him, moment to moment, in real time. And with audiobooks I find it's not as easy to just skip ahead as it is with print.

It's not badly written, and the audiobook reader does an excellent job -- I have no complaints there. But after more than 10 hours of listening, I'm still not even a third of the way through this book, and the plot up to this point could be adequately summarized in a short paragraph. I've had enough. A good editor -- heck, even an average editor -- could have done The Goldfinch a world of good.

Nov 09, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Very good narration even though the story dragged considerably at various points throughout the narrative.

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.

Aug 22, 2014

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!

Aug 19, 2014
  • MichelleBees rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

rarely have i been so engrossed in a story. the narration is amazing and i loved listening to this on my phone.

Jul 08, 2014

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.

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