Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters to his beloved brother, Theo, his confidant and companion. No thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial. It was all scrupulously recorded and shared.
In these letters, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views of the world of art. Irving Stone has edited the letters of Vincent in such a way as to retain every line of beauty, significance, and importance. “It is my humble opinion that Vincent was as great a writer and philosopher,” Stone says, “as he was a painter.”
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in art and artists. It completely contradicts the popular Hollywood version of Van Gogh.
What did you like best about this story?
His amazing skills as a writer. When he describes a scene it's a vivid as his art.
What does Clive Chafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
As these are letters written by Van Gogh the performance isn't really important.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Interesting from an art history perspective, and to witness the thinking of Van Gogh.
What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?
Almost a complete monotone all the way through. I am pretty sure that Vincent Van Gogh was a very passionate man, but the entire book was read in a near monotone. It was so excruciating to listen to that I put it down for months at a time.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Theo?
No scenes - these are his letters to his brother, so no editing. I would select a more passionate narrator.
Any additional comments?
Read the book on your own. This narrator is awful!
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I wanted to try this because I was a fan of Lust For Life the movie and the audio book. Since Irving Stone was the author of Lust For Life I felt his editing of Vincent's letters could be trusted. I always wanted to read his letters so when I found this audio book I was excited.
This audio book is over 21 hours long. It is straight from his letters and is the words of Vincent. It gives you very detailed times during his life. If you know his story already and want his feelings and take on his life this is a perfect book. I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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I could not listen to this one. I did not care for the Narrator. His voice rarely changed tones.
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However, I would have loved to know the time span in between Vincent's letters as I am guessing the original letters might have been dated as was typical for correspondence. Also, the reader could have paused a bit while reading instead of running the letters together. It made it difficult to know if one letter had been concluded before the next letter started. At times, the only way I was able to know there was a change in the time line of events was that Vincent would mention the change of seasons in his locations. Otherwise, it was great to listen to.
I thought is was a great read and I look forward to many more ,on this subject .
Van Gogh's letters to Theo, his brother, his confidante, and his only financial support, offer a intimate glimpse into his struggle to be an artist at the dawn of modernity. One of a number of late 19th century artists rebelling against the norms of classical and realistic art, Van Gogh fought personal poverty, public hostility, professional scorn as well as his own demons to hammer out his life's work. The letters chronicle his challenges. Deeply thoughtful and eloquent, they give voice to his difficulties in learning how to how to draw and paint, express his financial worries and schemes, and offer his personal take on artists he loved and loathed. This Audible edition is fun to listen to, but the reader reads too quickly (perhaps they gave him a time limit?) Without pausing sufficiently, one thought or idea piles up behind another, and the listener sometimes can't absorb the material, enjoy a lovely sentence, or just ponder Van Gogh's often penetrating insight. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, especially if you have a hard copy to accompany the audio version or just remember to turn it off every once in a while to let the thoughts of Van Gogh's volcanic personality sink in.
An amazing insight into Vincent Van Gogh's mind! I didn't like the narrator's voice but the rendition was excellent. I highly recommend this audio book.
I love Irving Stone novels. They have brought history to life for me but not this one. You would have to be a student of art or have a great interest in Van Gogh to get through this one. The narrator didn't help much but he didn't have a lot to work with.
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Mind numbing. easily one of the worst audible books I have ever listened to. One's time would be more wisely spent and less painful pulling out your own fingernails
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