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The Art Forger Audiobook

The Art Forger

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Publisher's Summary

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art, today worth over $500 million, were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

©2012 Barbara Shapiro (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A clever, twisty novel about art, authenticity, love, and betrayal. B. A. Shapiro knows about Degas, and she knows about art theft and forgery, and she also knows how to tell a gripping story." (Tom Perrotta)

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    Shari WHITTIER, CA, United States 09-25-15
    Shari WHITTIER, CA, United States 09-25-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting art world romance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art Forger to be better than the print version?

    The narrator was very good and held characters persona well,


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

    I felt the protagonist was naive and only somewhat plausible,


    Any additional comments?

    Reviews comparing voice to print is missing the basis for reviews.... Is it a good story? Is it read well consistently with story and characters? Did it hold my attention? Your questions do not lead to accurate reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 06-27-14
    Pamela 06-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Captiviting"
    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    The story was well written and the characters were well developed.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-09-14
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    "This is a great start for Wispersync."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, for anyone who wants a good thriller mystery


    What other book might you compare The Art Forger to and why?

    In a class by its self.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    I truly loved her delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    Once i started this book I couldn't stop until it was finished. I went back a forth between Audio and kindle the whole time. I look forward to the next one of her novels that make it to Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth New Britain, CT, United States 04-18-14
    Elizabeth New Britain, CT, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"

    The story and characters were compelling. The narration was perfect. I really lost myself listening to this one. I had to stay up late to find out what happened next. I wish I could find more by this author now!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 12-08-13
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 12-08-13
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    "Mixed Bag"

    While parts of this book were quite interesting, the narration was not very good. All of Ms. Sands' male characters sounded the same, like they had strep throat as well as a hangover. The big surprise at the end was pretty obvious for the last three hours of the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 04-04-13
    Anne 04-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Art Forger"

    The story of an artist's passion and the history of the art world were entertaining and engaging. Sadly, there really wasn't enough character development for me to care all that much about what happened to the people in the story. The two leads don't seem to have much in common and Claire comes across as emotionally stunted. The slow, breathy, whiney narration does NOT help with this.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi M. Mckenna Newington, CT 01-07-13
    Trudi M. Mckenna Newington, CT 01-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "An Interwoven mystery"
    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    The various dimensions of the story and the many pieces of the puzzle from different time periods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art Forger?

    The resolution to the puzzle and the surprise of the relationship twister in the end.


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

    She has a great command of the various languages and characters.


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

    No, but it held my attention and kept me wanting more in the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pbbelly 03-02-16
    pbbelly 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Surprisingly unpredictable for me"
    What did you love best about The Art Forger?

    I loved that it kept me guessing. There was one aspect of the plot line that I had figured out fairly early on, but knowing or suspecting that did not have much effect on my enjoyment of the story. Several times I thought I knew what would happen next only to be surprised by the turn the story took.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recall looking at any reviews until after I had listened to the book. I was shocked at some of the comments about the narration. I loved Xe's narration. Her "old lady" voice was particularly nice. It conjured up a vivid image of the character in my mind. I thought she did an outstanding job with it and the reason I saw the aforementioned comments is because I was looking to see what other else she had done that I could listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 02-08-16
    Ariel Venice, CA, United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Engrossing and Exceptionally Performed"

    This story is fantastic, but Xe Sands is incredible! I wish she performed every novel with a female protagonist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Piazzon 11-29-15
    Amy Piazzon 11-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painters would love this"

    Loved the peek into an artist's work and life. Great story! Great narration as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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