Hooked on Audiobooks: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt audiobook

As a recent convert to audiobooks, I’m taking advantage of my library’s huge selection. However, the wait list for popular books are super long and I got a little impatient. Since listening to an audiobook is a big time investment for me, I’m picky about which books I choose. The folks at Audiobooks.com gave me a trial to their subscription program and the first book they caught my eye is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

I’ve seen The Goldfinch on a lot of “Best of 2013” lists but it popped up on my Facebook feed. I have friends who highly recommended the book. I downloaded the book on Saturday and already on Sunday night (as I write this), I’m four hours in this 32 hour audiobook. Here’s a brief description of the novel:

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-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 his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

First of all, the Tartt sucks her readers right into the novel. So far, the scenes are described so vividly without feeling weighed down with adjectives. David Pittu’s narration has me hanging on each word. Part of me wish I could listen more quickly so I learn what happened next. Or maybe even just read the print book because I’m a fast reader. But then I’d miss out on David Pittu’s voice.

So now I’m trying to sneak in time to listen to the audiobook: while doing the dishes, when I’m alone in the car. I have a feeling that I will finish The Goldfinch sooner than I think.

What do I think of Audiobooks.com so far? This is my first time trying out an audiobook subscription service. There are different levels of subscriptions that give you access to 1, 2, or unlimited book(s) each month.  From what I could tell, they offer a wide variety of recent and popular books. I downloaded the app to my phone (available in iOS and Android) in order to listen to the book.  The app was pretty buggy for me and crashed almost every time I started it. It took me a few taps to get the audiobook to play. I have been unable to download the file for the book so I’m currently streaming. I’d rather download all the files over wi-fi.

If you want to try out Audiobooks.com, you can get a free audiobook to try it out. I’ve never tried Audible.com which is probably the most well known audiobook subscription program. Have you used it or another? I’d love to hear what you like about yours?

I received a trial to Audiobooks.com to test out their program. This post contains affiliate links.