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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

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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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  • Deborah Cooper

    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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  • Kristen F.

    Overall good. Never quite got past the female character voices. Distracting.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Excellent read!

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  • Kristen L.

    The story's overall depressing tone almost made me stop reading the book. However, it was very well written and compelling so it kept me coming back. This young man, Theo, is the victim of so many atrocities that I shudder to think of the reality that it emulates for some children. Boris was also a difficult character for me to like, because he is every parent's nightmare influence on their precious child. Had Theo's mother been alive, she would have been appalled at Theo's choice of friend. My favorite character in the book was, of course, Hobie. He was a ray of light in an otherwise dark story and one of the reasons I kept getting drawn back to finish the story. My least favorite thing about the book was that Theo kind of lucked in to redemption and as a book about redemption, I felt this redemption was only partial in the end. Some people just call that reality, but I call it only half good. Now, about the narrator! Mr. Pittu is an excellent narrator. He brought the whole book to life. Every character, young, old, rich, poor, male, female, foreign, or domestic was brought to life by his narration. The narrator was the other reason that I kept coming back to this book even when it was something I wasn't exactly enjoying. His voice was easy, descriptive, and just perfect throughout. I would choose to listen to a book simply because he is the narrator.

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