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Airl

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  • Vermeer: Portraits of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lawrence R. Spencer
    • Narrated By Alan Douglas
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    Vermeer: Portraits of A Lifetime is a revolutionary reexamination of the mystique and mythology surrounding the 17th Century Dutch Master painter, Johannes Vermeer. For the first time in over 300 years names of people who posed for his paintings are identified. An unknown portrait of Vermeer, painted by his friend, Gerard ter Borch, is exposed. This book is an empathetic retrospective, built on observations that reveal answers to dozens of speculations about his paintings, his wife, his daughters, and contemporaries who were the subjects of his art, and with whom he shared his brief life in Delft.

    Airl says: "A revolutionary look at Vermeer and his paintings"
    "A revolutionary look at Vermeer and his paintings"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vermeer the most enjoyable?

    I am a student of art


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vermeer?

    Understanding how much a part of his life his wife and children were on his painting


    What does Alan Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very professional presentation


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was touched very deeply by the empathy of the author and the life of the artist


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes: My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Steven Cooper
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    A memoir in which Sherlock Holmes discloses a conspiracy, between Dr. Watson and Dr. Arthur Doyle, to publish his real life adventures as works of fiction. Mycroft Holmes, his brother, aided by the British Secret Information Services, is solicited by Mr. Holmes to assist him to resolve the most infamous literary fraud in history! Their investigation of the doctors, publishers and politicians who collaborated with them, exposes the scam as well as the farcical claim to knighthood of "Sir" Arthur Doyle and his life as an opportunistic hoaxer.

    Airl says: "The Preiminent Holmes Novel -- His Autobiography!"
    "The Preiminent Holmes Novel -- His Autobiography!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most especially the serious study of Sherlock Holmes. This book is the culmination of 30 years study of the accumulated works of Arthur Conan Doyle, and of the literature of his literary contemporaries, ca 1850 - 1910.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes: My Life?

    The two meetings between Lewis Carroll (author of "Alice in Wonderland" and Sherlock Holmes.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Cooper – was your favorite?

    Mycroft Holmes, brother of Sherlock


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The final Chapter


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