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The Swan Thieves Audiobook

The Swan Thieves

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Publisher's Summary

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

©2010 Elizabeth Kostova; (P)2010 Hachette

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    Elizabeth 03-16-10
    Elizabeth 03-16-10
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    "Beautiful and amazing"

    I loved it almost as much as The Historian. It is completely different. Incredible characters and as detailed and rich as any painting. Totally worth the credits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon La Porte, TX, United States 03-16-10
    Brandon La Porte, TX, United States 03-16-10
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    "Great Narration"

    I loved the narration of this book. I can see how some people would find it dull but I was interested in all three stories going on within this books. It's a slow moving work but that is because you get wrapped up in so many facets of peoples lives.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Seif Cairo, Egypt 03-16-10
    Seif Cairo, Egypt 03-16-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping then let down"

    This book was gripping from the beginning. The author is definitley very skilled. The narrative very good and the descriptive sense very high. A crescendo then a terible weak ending. One expected so much more! The grand finale was very deceiving.

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    Brenda Rochester Hills, MI, USA 03-05-10
    Brenda Rochester Hills, MI, USA 03-05-10
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    "A great listen!!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, I found myself looking forward to my commutes and this is usually a good gauge for me. The narration was quite good and well suited to the characters I thought. I was not bored with the story - maybe because I have an art background and loved the subject, but it was really very well done with a lot going on especially at the end of the storyline. It may not be for everyone - but then what story is!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-04-10
    Jennifer Morrison, CO, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "one bad reader spoiled the book for the others"

    I enjoyed the story and its premise; however Treat Williams was a huge disappointment, using a very dry sing-song voice. I would have thought an actor would do a better job. I was however very engaged in the female readers stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Walker 02-17-10
    M. Walker 02-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great!"

    Loved this audiobook. Not only a fascinating story but wonderful readers...

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    Jdstjohn 02-09-10
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    "a art history's escape"

    i thought this was a nice mix of true art, and the lines some meet, with mental breakdown. blurring the lines of the fiction we make and what we chose the believe or act on. All the characters matter in this novel.

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    lesley 02-08-10
    lesley 02-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "needed an editor + replacement for treat williams"

    whew...i listened for hours and hours and finally give up in the last ninety minutes. a long run for what was becoming a short jump. treat williams reads every sentence with the same "melody", very sing-song. basically, the book should have been half as long...and i don't know if it would have been worth it even then.

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    Leslie Boise, ID, USA 01-31-10
    Leslie Boise, ID, USA 01-31-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Treat was a disappointment"

    Book is so-so. Treat is a one-dimensional voice. Disappointed.

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    Jan Valley Springs, CA, United States 01-30-10
    Jan Valley Springs, CA, United States 01-30-10
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    "The Swan Thieves"

    Excellent, beautiful imagery. Particularly for those who love art.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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