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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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

Amazing writing, research & story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-14

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

The best

What did you like best about this story?

It covered so much - the Jewish origins & experience in Vienna, the Viennese artists' involvement in the contemporary art movements of the 20th century, the varied experiences of the different families before, during & even after the Nazi times, & finally the detailed legal issues that brought "The Lady in Gold" portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer to the United States.

Which scene was your favorite?

Impossible to single out any one - all so rich in "you are there" details.

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

It was wonderful to dwell in for a whole week to not miss a word.

Any additional comments?

Having seen the 5 Klimt paintings at the Neue Galerie when they were first exhibited in New York & knowing some of the background, I found the book very special.

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