The Art Forger tells the story of the recovery of a painting (perhaps) from the famous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. The main character - the art forger - is well drawn. Shapiro did a good job creating a character who is nice, though a bit simpering, but is able to tamp down her morals for money. Usually characters who do this are drawn to be sinister so we do not like them. This was a pretty realistic depiction of the choices perfectly nice people make when weighing options. The story itself I found to be just average. An interesting companion is the non-fiction book Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures which is written by the FBI agent who worked on the Gardner Heist.
An overall entertaining story, that was rich with details about the art world and processes of oil painting. I knew nothing about this subject prior to reading the book, so I can't say if it's accurate, but the level of detail makes me think that it is. I learned something. The story seems a bit contrived at the end, but kept me listening!
Shapiro should stick to non-fiction. An account of a criminal who at least knows he/she is a criminal would be a refreshing change.
Sands probably did the best she could, given that she was tasked with being the voice of one of the most self-involved, morally vacuous women it has been my displeasure to endure.
Not at all, and I've been reading about some of the famous forgers mentioned in the book.
Possibly, although I thought her pronunciation of the various non-English names was a bit too precious. Remids me of that scene when Diane Keaton is talking to Woody Allen about Van Gogh, and it sounds like she has a bad case of phlegm.
It could have been so much better if the characters had not been some of the most narcissistic and annoying that I have ever had the misfortune to hear.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a truly GOOD story. It meshed the intricate details of art, art history, crime and criminal history in a magnificently interesting manner. It reads as a plausible, ego-driven series of events in the familiar city of Boston. There was nothing I didn't like about this book, although I can understand why some complain about the narrator. Her ability to inflect male voices is somewhat poor. Nevertheless, I had no complaints and throughly enjoyed the narration and the story; which by the way, had a plausible ending as well. Very satisfying listen!
I was not not familiar with this author and did not know what to expect but the plot sounded interesting and it was part of a BOGO deal. I greatly enjoyed this listening experience. The narrative is interesting with good twists and the narration is outstanding.
1) The description of the art world past and present; 2) The personality of the heroine.
She humanizes the heroine.
So many books seem to fade away rather than end, but this one had an unexpected and well planned ending. Listening to this book was an education about oil painting in general and forging in particular, so lots of new information there which I enjoyed.
Possibly - the story was good enough to merit listening to more.
The art history and details of forging process.
I think she could have cut back on the overheated breathless quality (worst in the sex and romance parts).
No - except listen to more audiobooks.
A good tale, though the hot romance parts didn't work for me. They took me out of the story sometimes and felt implausible.
The theft of the Gardner Museum comes to life in a story of a colorful female painter. The book itself is a work of art. Beautiful.
Claire,main female character with a immense amount of creativity and believability.
The intimate moment of the opening of the painting and the spell it cast.
Main character - the fun and charming Claire.
If you ever picked up a paint brush in your life, you will be taken to the next step in the process of creating your masterpiece.