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The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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David Pittu

32 Hours 30 Minutes

Hachette Book Group USA

October 2013

Audio Book Summary

A young New Yorker grieving his mother's death is pulled into a gritty underworld of art and wealth in this 'extraordinary' and beloved Pulitzer Prize winner that 'connects with the heart as well as the mind' (Stephen King, New York Times Book Review).
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love -- and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention. From the streets of New York to the dark corners of the art underworld, this 'soaring masterpiece' examines the devastating impact of grief and the ruthless machinations of fate (Ron Charles, Washington Post).

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    I loved loved loved this book. I was totally transported into Theo's world. What a read! And the narrator was amazing.

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  • shawna vail

    It took a few tries to get into it but once I did, I was glad I stuck with it. The narration is Very good.

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  • Sandra Gaia-Rae

    I read this novel and loved it so much I had to listen to it, which was delightful. The narrator really brought all the characters to life. Sandra

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  • Jeffrey Monroe

    Very well done. Nice suspense and good ending. Great Character sketches. I really enjoyed the audio book.

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  • Angelika Stalman

    Terribly boring. Could only get through it as an audio book where I didn't have to pay attention the whole time. Character belabors his miserable life. Book had potential with possibly good storyline. But 80% of the time it's just focused on describing a drug-addicts miserable withdrawal symptoms. Voice of narrator was terrific though and made it possible to get through it after all.

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  • Denise Perez

    Quite an entertaining and thought provoking book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Kate Newton

    Her ability to show, not tell, is remarkable. Brilliant work. I liked the narrator except I think a female should have been used for the female voices. All the female voices sounded like they were being read by a transvestite.

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  • William C.

    The author rambles on in overly descriptive ways that become tiresome and the message of the book is very negative. Most of the characters are not likable so in the end it lead me to not really care what happemned to them

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  • Jacqueline E.

    One of the best books from a terrific author. You feel you know the characters so well that when the books is over you find yourself missing them. No shortage on suspense, twists and turns. This book will be an old friend that I will have to revisit from time to time. The narrator should win an award. He was a one man movie.

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  • Stephen R.

    Very dificult book to endure. Just like others have said, and Angelika gave the most accurate review, you have to be prepared for endless hours of drug abuse decribed in excruciatng detail all thoughout this novel. Then you need to be prepared fot the level of vulgarity that would make Marine drill sargeats and inner city rappers blush. I hit the 30 second skip many times just so that I could see how it ended. It would have helped if the main characters were at least likable. They were not. The secondary characters were wonderful and well developed though. The only reason for this novel getting a Pulitzer Prize must have been that the technical style, and depth of the characters as well as the overall structure of the story were done extremly well. A truly beatiful writing style and what was a potentually great storyline. But overall, too ugly of a story to be worth your time. You will feel dirty while reading it and be glad when it is finally over.

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