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Dear Theo Audiobook

Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh

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Publisher's Summary

Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters to his beloved brother, Theo, his confidant and companion. No thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial. It was all scrupulously recorded and shared.

In these letters, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views of the world of art. Irving Stone has edited the letters of Vincent in such a way as to retain every line of beauty, significance, and importance. “It is my humble opinion that Vincent was as great a writer and philosopher,” Stone says, “as he was a painter.”

©1937 Irving Stone (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“An extraordinary book… and a great one.” (New York Times)

“A great book, the greatness of a man in his own words.” (The Nation)

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    Aawendel 03-28-14
    Aawendel 03-28-14

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    "Worst narrator ever!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Interesting from an art history perspective, and to witness the thinking of Van Gogh.


    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Almost a complete monotone all the way through. I am pretty sure that Vincent Van Gogh was a very passionate man, but the entire book was read in a near monotone. It was so excruciating to listen to that I put it down for months at a time.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Theo?

    No scenes - these are his letters to his brother, so no editing. I would select a more passionate narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book on your own. This narrator is awful!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Lancaster, Pa 05-15-16
    Kindle Customer Lancaster, Pa 05-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you know Vincent's life story already this is a perfect audio book for you."

    I wanted to try this because I was a fan of Lust For Life the movie and the audio book. Since Irving Stone was the author of Lust For Life I felt his editing of Vincent's letters could be trusted. I always wanted to read his letters so when I found this audio book I was excited.

    This audio book is over 21 hours long. It is straight from his letters and is the words of Vincent. It gives you very detailed times during his life. If you know his story already and want his feelings and take on his life this is a perfect book. I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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    Paul Detrisac 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring with a Capital B"

    Mind numbing. easily one of the worst audible books I have ever listened to. One's time would be more wisely spent and less painful pulling out your own fingernails

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 05-03-16
    Michelle 05-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book...horrid performance."

    I could not listen to this one. I did not care for the Narrator. His voice rarely changed tones.

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    Marilyn 10-02-15
    Marilyn 10-02-15
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    "Historical but not entertaining"

    I love Irving Stone novels. They have brought history to life for me but not this one. You would have to be a student of art or have a great interest in Van Gogh to get through this one. The narrator didn't help much but he didn't have a lot to work with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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