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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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    Amazon Customer 02-07-10 Member Since 2016
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    "The Swan Thieves"

    This is definately a book to listen to! It is beautifully descriptive and almost musical to hear!!Having each character have a different reader makes the book very realistic. The characters come alive. I can't wait to read more from this author!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    oaktree 01-30-10
    oaktree 01-30-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Intriguing at first"

    Do not expect any similarity to Kostova's first novel. This one is intriguing initially, with the time shifts between current day, and late 19th Century France. The narrators do a good job of presenting the nuances of very finely "drawn" characters. However, as with too many notes in music, too many words, too many flashbacks, too many unresolved questions...all create a feeling of disappointment and a gradual wearing down of interest, to the point that I just finally gave up two thirds of the way through. Maybe I'll go back to it in a few months and finish, because I do love Elizabeth's writing style.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert New York, NY, United States 01-29-10
    Robert New York, NY, United States 01-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "I tried"

    I enjoyed The Historian and was waiting for the next Kostova book. I've been stuck in part 1 and am giving up. I just don't care about anyone in this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 01-28-10
    Helen 01-28-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't Listen When Driving!"

    And allow for double the listening time because you will be constantly falling asleep... most especially throughout Treat Williams' readings. I don't place the whole blame on Treat Williams; Anne Heche was shrill (I get it - her character was shrill - but it was still very annoying). Finally, and ultimately, I don't think the greatest narrator could have saved this slow and tedious book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 05-16-10
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 05-16-10
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    "tedious!"

    This book was full of it's self and tedious. There was no point to reading it. Much of it was written in letters which no one would write to a stranger. It was an art history lesson written as fiction - yuk!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessika 02-13-17
    Jessika 02-13-17
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    "Well-written, but a bit boring"

    I found this book to be incredibly well-written. I loved the descriptions especially as they were written as if by a painter. However, there was not much which actually happened in the book. I found myself quite expectant halfway through and still not much happened. Still, it was relaxing to listen to, and the readers were very good.

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    Timothy M Love 01-16-17
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    "A Great Writer"

    Elizabeth Kostova's writing style is excellent. Very clean and readable. This story teaches you something about painting, a subject about which I knew almost nothing. The characters are very vivid and well developed. There is a mystery and it is pretty good and Kostova is very good at teasing out the clues as the book progresses. This story had a moment or two where it felt it moved a little slower than I would have liked it to go, however, I believe that is also a sign of a very compelling story. I equate this story to experiencing a piece of art. The performance of the book is excellent and is a cast of multiple readers. Each reader gives added dimension to the characters and definitely is an enhancer to the story.

    I would recommend: read the book. Then read Kostova's other work, The Historian, which is even better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim A SC, USA 05-05-16
    Kim A SC, USA 05-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "I found a new favorite author!"

    Wow - what amazing plot development, characterization, and depth! I thoroughly
    enjoyed The Historian. That made me want to find more of Ms. Kostova's work. Brava! Your brilliant writing has a new fan and follower! I will definitely be recommending her books to others as The Historian was recommended to me. The audio version was very well read, giving an additional level of appreciation!

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