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The Art Forger | [B. A. Shapiro]

The Art Forger

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.
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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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    Chris NE USA 06-16-14
    Chris NE USA 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Horrid male voices"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't like the narrator and the story was dragged out. Not able to care I read only for protagonist.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s voice?

    Ok for female but males voices unappealing and they all sounded the same. Cadence was off and each male exactly the same sound.


    Do you think The Art Forger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me. It's a done deal. Enough of the protagonist that I had no feeling for in one book, let alone another.


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    harrietb 05-18-14
    harrietb 05-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This is exactly what the art world is like"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ok, this is nothing at all like the art world that actually exists. This book is really over the top silly, which would be fine if it wasn't also just bad. The ethical positions that the character takes over and over again are not just questionable, but wrong. The storyline is extremely scattered and there are a lot of pointless subplots that peter out with no resolution.


    What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    Poor lady. The character was so annoying that I don't think any narrator could have made her likeable, but Sands has a nasal inflection to her voice that really underscored the character's flaws.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kellett Danvers MA USA 04-02-14
    M. Kellett Danvers MA USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "You will lke that book if you are an artist"
    What did you like best about The Art Forger? What did you like least?

    Paradoxically, I like the research done about forgery in general, but I also got bored by the endless techniques .. I am not a painter and the technicalities went above my head. I imagine artists would appreciate it . The character of the struggling artist is very detailed and rings true. The story is ok but his is not a book that you are dying to come back to . .


    Was The Art Forger worth the listening time?

    yes


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    George Chicago, IL, United States 03-21-14
    George Chicago, IL, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator Makes This Slow and Boring"
    What would have made The Art Forger better?

    This could be a case of the actual book is better than the audio version. The book seemed to really drag on. As I listened to the narrator and sometimes replayed a line in my head I realized that it was Xe Sands' narration that made everyone sound depressed and uninterested with the world. But I am not sure whether that was present, at least to the same degree, in the actual words.


    What could B. A. Shapiro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I thought maybe this would be like Dan Brown with an art twist, but really this was a book about art with a little bit of mystery thrown in. I would only recommend to true art fanatics.


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    Sally Florida 01-31-14
    Sally Florida 01-31-14 Member Since 2010

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    "ENJOY!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art Forger to be better than the print version?

    I liked the print better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved quickly and kept me interested


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A friend had suggested this book and I am so glad she did!

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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.

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    Taylor Long Beach, CA, United States 10-03-13
    Taylor Long Beach, CA, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Weak Protaganist"
    Would you try another book from B. A. Shapiro and/or Xe Sands?

    Not from the author but the narrator did a fine enough job.


    What character would you cut from The Art Forger?

    The protagonist. She was annoying, weak-willed, naive, and her catharsis was next to nothing. I only hope the author intended this. Come to think of it, the protagonist wasn't just naive, she was plain stupid after falling for the same con.


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    GK CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 09-17-13
    GK CAMBRIDGE, MA, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Extremely enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Art Forger again? Why?

    I don't usually read books twice, some probably won't listen to it again - but I did find myself wishing it would go on, revisiting the story in my head for days after I finished it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a good story, and well told. I liked the art world setup, the mix of historical detail and contemporary narrative, the plot was very compelling and not too trite or predictable - it was very fun.


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s performance?

    Breathy; vocal fry


    If you could rename The Art Forger, what would you call it?

    It's a good name


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the reader. At one point I almost stopped listening because it was getting unbearable (but I pulled through... Glad I did). Somehow she made most conversations sound like sexual situations or over-dramatic exchanges.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 09-02-13
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 09-02-13 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "I entered the mind of an artist!"

    Fascinating! I thoroughly enjoyed!!!
    Book ended a little quickly though...almost like the story was finished in a hurry. I would read another book on this topic by this author!!! Refreshing.

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    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-01-13
    Ruth MISSOULA, MT, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Not the best, not the worst."
    Did The Art Forger inspire you to do anything?

    Not really. I enjoyed the basic context of the story, but I found myself more frustrated with the characters than anything else.


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