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Author: Donna Tartt Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781600247125

Publisher Description

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 from the author of The Secret History 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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  • “A smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind…an extraordinary work of fiction.”

    - Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “A masterpiece of characterization, plot, technical artistry combined with exquisite, heartbreaking understanding of loss, love, and art.”

    - Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author
  • “[A] glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel…Reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.”

    - New York Times
  • “It’s like Tartt wrote this book specifically so that David Pittu could read it. If I could only recommend one audiobook for the rest of my life, this would be it.”

    - BookRiot (starred audio review)
  • “Narrator David Pittu accepts the task of turning this immense volume into an excellent listening experience. Pittu portrays thirteen-year-old orphan Theo Decker with compassion, portraying his growing maturity in this story of grief and suspense…Pittu adds pathos to his depiction of the troubled Theo as he deals with addiction and finds himself in a dance with gangsters and the art world’s darker dealers. Tartt’s enthralling narrative is fully realized by the gifted Pittu.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A book about art in all its forms…Joy and sorrow exist in the same breath, and by the end The Goldfinch hangs in our stolen heart.”

    - Vanity Fair
  • “Tartt’s trenchant, defiant, engrossing, and rocketing novel conducts a grand inquiry into the mystery and sorrow of survival, beauty and obsession, and the promise of art.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “A long-awaited, elegant meditation on love, memory, and the haunting power of art…A standout.”

    - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Theo is magnetic…The Goldfinch is a pleasure to read.”

    - Publishers Weekly


  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, October 2013
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Fiction 2013
  • New York Times audio bestseller
  • A 2013 Salon Magazine Best Book
  • A Library Journal bestseller
  • An October 2013 LibraryReads Pick
  • A BookRiot Pick of the Most Perfect Audiobooks Ever
  • A 2014 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection
  • An iBooks bestseller in Audiobooks
  • Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A 2014 Carnegie Medal for Literature Finalist in Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Best Solo Narration-Male
  • Winner of the 2014 Audie® Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration
  • A 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A #1 San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice for 2013
  • A #1 BookPage Best Book of 2013
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Fiction
  • A2014 ALA Notable Book for Adult Fiction
  • A 2013 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2013
  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013
  • A #1 NPR bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A 2013 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year

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    " Dickensian coming of age story! Donna Tartt proves again to be an exceptional writer. David Pittu captivates the listeners! "

    - Dorian, 11/1/2016

About the Author

Donna Tartt is the author of The Goldfinch, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, as well as other major awards. Her novels The Secret History and The Little Friend have been translated into thirty languages. She was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Bennington College.

About the Narrator

David Pittu, a two-time Tony Award nominee, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which earned two prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. He has also won three Earphones Awards. Well-known for his work in theater, he has appeared off-Broadway in LoveMusik and Is He Dead, for which he received his Tony nominations, as well as Parade, for which he earned a National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is also a writer, member, and director of the Atlantic Theater company.