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  • The Lady in Gold

  • The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, 'Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer'
  • By: Anne-Marie O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

The Lady in Gold, considered an unforgettable masterpiece, one of the 20th century's most recognizable paintings, made headlines all over the world when Ronald Lauder bought it for $135 million a century after Klimt, the most famous Austrian painter of his time, completed the society portrait. Anne-Marie O'Connor, writer for the Washington Post, formerly of the Los Angeles Times, tells the galvanizing story of the Lady in Gold, Adele Bloch-Bauer, a dazzling Viennese Jewish society figure.

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  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

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Reviewed: 04-16-14

Where does The Lady in Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there, definitely.

What did you like best about this story?

This was many stories and introduced new information in an interesting layering and interleaving of private and historical events well. I also learned WWII facts about Austria that is not the usual fare one comes across in the 'proverbial history book' of the holocaust and the Nazi era. The secret life of this family's heirlooms reminded me of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and made me regard my own family's belongings in a different light. Things are so important when they mark our losses.

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

No doubt audio book narrators love a great story, and it was evident in this recording. Or maybe that's just the art of narrating--we hear the reader's sustained interest as we discover the story along with them. I suppose in this performance the fact that the narrator did not seem to be reading separate stories and kept the story unified helped connect you to the narrative line, or lines, as there were many different shifts in time and place. Coleen Marlo has a superb range and such a rich voice capable of subtle nuances of tone. I like how she does mens' voices.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I found that the narrator fleshed out the females in this story so well that you almost felt you were at their tables, salons, in their landscapes and drawing rooms, and court rooms.

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