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- Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art
- By: Michael Shnayerson
- Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
- Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
The contemporary art market is an international juggernaut, throwing off multimillion-dollar deals as wealthy buyers move from fair to fair, auction to auction, party to glittering party. But none of it would happen without the dealers - the tastemakers who back emerging artists and steer them to success, often to see them picked off by a rival. Dealers operate within a private world of handshake agreements, negotiating for the highest commissions. Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, writes the first-ever definitive history of their activities.
- By Clifford I. Davis on 07-04-19
Ultra-Insightful Window: The Dealing of Fine Art
Simply everything you wanted to know about the intriguing world of selling, buying and collecting fine art. It's as if you were listening to a confidential exchange of information between a cable's agents with all of its secrets laid bare. l could not stop listeming!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories
- By: Edgar Allan Poe
- Narrated by: Bob Thomley
- Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.
A rare treat.
- By J.G. on 07-23-11
Exceptionally Disappointing Listen
What disappointed you about Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories?
Difficult listen. Unnecessarily complex and therefore not entertaining.
What could Edgar Allan Poe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This is not about the author, but instead the delivery.
How could the performance have been better?
More straight forward representation of Poe's works.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories?
Shortly after beginning a listen to audio-book, I put it away. It was not memorable other than for my disappointment with having made this purchase.
Any additional comments?
I chose this selection with the hope that I might experience some escape from daily complications and instead found that I had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Just not fun!
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
The Murder Room
- The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases
- By: Michael Capuzzo
- Narrated by: Adam Grupper
- Length: 15 hrs
Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter—a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”—were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders of innocents. They decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice.
Beware of staring into the abyss,it stares back
- By Melvin Lindsey on 08-18-10
The Absence of Intrigue
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo is demonstrative of the unfortunate trend in mystery writing in which a few somewhat shocking events replace the experience of intrigue. The word "somewhat" can be consistently applied to this literary effort. The characters are somewhat developed. The story is somewhat developed. The reader remains in a permanent state of waiting to engage in something substantial and memorable. At no time did this reader feel an emotional or even an intellectual connection with any of the characters. The work is mechanical and does encorage personal investment by the reader. -Dan Boos
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The premise of story demonstrated great potential.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Added intrigue! Further developed the characters. Engaged the reader.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Any additional comments?
The story does not draw-in the reader. At no time did I feel that I was experiencing anything beyond a exercise in reading.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful