Ken Perenyi is the author and subject of this well narrated true account. He explains how chance encounters combined with his extraordinary innate talent allow him to become one of the worlds greatest art forgers. Interesting on many different levels. Perenyi's talents went completely unrecognized by his teachers and he was relegated to a trade school which was more like a reform school. Learning nothing worthwhile, he had no employment prospects on graduating. He was exposed to the criminal element and somehow was hired doing menial tasks for an art restorer. He quickly showed aptitude and became a self-taught artist. Further random associations lead him to eventually copying famous works. He soon became brilliant and ingeniously learned tricks to fool the worlds experts. I never considered him a true criminal even though he was defrauding banks, art dealers and auction houses of millions of dollars. He is a sympathetic character and handles adversity well. His life is fascinating and well-told.
This is a lengthy, enjoyable fantsay about time travel and changing the course of history. Well researched by the author with thousands of details specifically unique to the late fifties and early sixties, it is probably more fun for listeners over the age of fifty, especially if you lived in the South. There is no effort to make time travel technically plausible; there just happens to be a "portal" in the backroom of a small Maine diner. It leads only to one time and place and only two people are aware of it. Once that premise is accepted, it is reasonable that these two feel an ethical obligation to try to favorably alter the course of history. The many details about Oswald and JFK ring true and are embedded in a rich plot filled with action. The narrator is excellent, handles various accents and has a great voice. Overall a pleasant, easy listen perfect for a long drive.
Add recent information about scientific studies of tea components and effects on brain and physiology instead of constant repetition of "stimulating and relaxing to the constitution". More comparison with coffee and alcohol. Updated information on recent tea growing economics and effects on growing countries. Why can't we grow tea in US? Discuss Celestial Seasoning, Liptons and Bigelow; recent changes in tea market and future trends.
Consolidated history of Indian and Chinese tea growing. Way too much about boring history of the abusive planter families and the arrogant British colonialists.
Narrator was fine.
Switch to alcohol.
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