I haven't read the print version, but it was recommended to me by someone who did--and who happens to be a fine artist who uses many media, but who paints primarily in oils these days. As a retired commercial artist, I'm at least familiar with all the processes used except using old canvases and attempting to fool the experts!
It has twists, turns, and surprises--and solid information about faithful copies which could be forgeries. The whole process was fascinating.
It was a good, even performance with no confusion about whose voice we were hearing--very pleasant and easy to listen to.
The technical explanations about forgeries were interesting to me and to my fine artist friend, but I think that the author may have gone on a bit long for the average reader.
I will go back to listen to this one again and again--du Maurier's suspenseful thriller has held my attention for years. Listening to Anna Massey read this is pure delight. She starred as Mrs. Danvers once on television and lent all the Massey mystique to the character, and now she's done a masterful reading. If you like du Maurier, listen to this one!
First, I could listen to Colin Firth read anything. Second, the book is by Graham Greene, a well-noted author--who must have had the most unfortunate experience in life! We've all had love affairs that have gone wrong, but this protagonist is the most negative, bitterest individual I've ever heard. I couldn't help wondering why anyone would get involved with him-- the book does offer several insights, I think, to a common human experience, and is worth listening to, but be prepared for the negativity!
I hadn't read a Travis McGee book in years. I remembered that I liked the Florida and shoreline ambience. His foes are always supervillains and die spectacularly badly. Unfortunately, this one had a truly terrible victim--one I found little sympathy for. Anyway, the ambience is there, and T. McGee is still the hard-boiled softy! I thought that the book was read well and it's worth a listen when you want sheer entertainment--that's why you buy a Travis McGee! Warning: if you read it at the beach you'll keep glancing over your shoulder. . .
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