Learning about the "art" of art forgery and the commercial side of the art world was interesting, but the story was based on an "idiot plot" : no reasonable thinking person would have gotten him/herself in such a situation! I know that art forgers do exist and have their reasons, but I do not find them to be sympathetic. I continued listening to learn how the author would tie up the loose ends and vindicate her protagonist, which I knew she would do. The main character seemed likeable, but for a supposedly smart and strong-willed woman, was easily manipulated by men and lied too easily for her own good. By the end of the novel, I didn't understand how she had any friends or supporters. The story was so implausible, I ended up feeling cheated of my 10 hours.
Learning about art forgery, and the mystery of the fake Degas.
Men were irritating. She did well with the main (female) character's voice, but the men all were depicted in a deep-throated husky voice.
Yes and no. I could have spent more time in the world of the art world, less in the head of the main character, who was meant to be a heroine, but was really an unsympathetic character to anyone who cares about art and authenticity.
Dialogue was thin. Supposedly smart creative people should be much wittier.
I really enjoyed this book. It took me awhile to figure out the mystery and it had a satisfying conclusion. It did drag a bit in the middle and I felt like some things were just filler. The narrator was excellent. A very enjoyable experience!
A piece of art lost to history is sought by an artist hired to copy it.
A very different kind of mystery from my usual. Three different timelines reveal their stories bit by bit, keeping me on the hook especially about the goings-on at the end of the 19th century storyline, though the author predominantly focused the story on modern day plot - the stolen Degas and the painter who spotted it as a forgery, sparking her own investigation into its history. An appreciation of art would be a plus (I happen to love Degas), but not necessary, especially if you're just as interested in the theft and mystery itself. Kept me on edge as developments grew in suspense and gravity. Cynical commentary on the art world and media. The tragedy of the main character's past haunts much of her present actions, which was a little overly included, even harped on; I think you could have deleted a few instances without losing the message of its significance, but it did impact her whole outlook and course of action so not irrelevant. She also seemed a bit too naive and trusting going into this endeavor for having been through what she has (but maybe its more illustrative of my reading habits and being on the lookout for deceivers and solving the whodunit before the end, rather than about her...) After all, I figured it out the same moment her own thoughts lead her to her final conclusion. It was a fascinating story of a painting.
The narrator was wonderful at the tones of the women, but seemed to have only one, maybe two distinct male voices, which confused me once or twice.
Overall a good read, couldn't put it down near the end- the moment i had the chance i listened to the last 3 hours straight through. Makes me want to go view some impressionist masterpieces.
The book rated one star across the board because I couldn't write this brief review without rating each category. I can't rate the story because the narration was so bad. Probably won't buy the paper or kindle versions--my book "reading" takes place in the car.
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
03 words: I wish the painting have been there Vermeer. The plot draws upon an intriguing story in real art history. The characters are very well done. It's not overly thrilling, overly scary… It's just not over the top. However it was eminently listenable. And my immediate reaction upon concluding the book was to see if the author had another available on audible.com.
The plot kept me going in no small part due to the characters and their relationships. Yet this is an easy book to have going on while doing other things around the house.
The main character. I think the narrator did a poor job with male voices and it took some real getting used to. Plus all the male voices were the same to my ear.
In many ways this book was just exactly what I wanted and needed. I wish I had more of them. Not too heavy. Not too twisty. Not too dark. Yet grounded and not out floating around somewhere in the universe of lost threads. I like the insight into the main character and thought that was very well written. That character was humanized. Artist or not, it could've been so many of us.
At an eight out of ten. good story overall
the stages of painting the artwork was the most interesting
Its a good story. A bit too much is given away as you hear letters from Bel Gardner but the end twists enough to keep it interesting. Wish the main character was stronger but...
In the end, I enjoyed this narrator, but the breathy overly sexual interpretation of the men's voices, I found off-putting. Either I got used to it or it was less obvious a few chapters in and I enjoyed the narrator.
No. I didn't like the narrator and the story was dragged out. Not able to care I read only for protagonist.
Ok for female but males voices unappealing and they all sounded the same. Cadence was off and each male exactly the same sound.
Not for me. It's a done deal. Enough of the protagonist that I had no feeling for in one book, let alone another.
Ok, this is nothing at all like the art world that actually exists. This book is really over the top silly, which would be fine if it wasn't also just bad. The ethical positions that the character takes over and over again are not just questionable, but wrong. The storyline is extremely scattered and there are a lot of pointless subplots that peter out with no resolution.
Poor lady. The character was so annoying that I don't think any narrator could have made her likeable, but Sands has a nasal inflection to her voice that really underscored the character's flaws.
I really enjoyed this work of fiction based on the famous robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The plot twist and turns were fun, the main character was compelling and I learned a lot about the science behind art forgery. I look forward to listening to more works both by the author and by the narrator.