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Kelley

I honestly write these reviews in a spirit of sharing and helpfulness. I have no idea why I always end up sounding so snotty...

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  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (355)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "The Great Gatsby was first person too"
    Overall

    Let me just say, to get it out of the way, that Campbell Scott's voice is sweetness sparked with thrill. I love his recordings with perfect impurity, and would like (please) many many more.

    I loved the book too.

    It expertly uses a forgettable narrator (lifted from Fitzgerald, I reckon) to expose one of our world's great divisions: the morally upright versus the charmingly corrupt. Pick your side, because you won't like being stuck in the middle. Poor guy. The last line of this novel broke my heart, and made me start listening all over again.

    I'm familiar with New York, love Art Museums, took art history classes in school, and don't miss Steve's wilder crazier side. That's my bias.




    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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