• Fugitive Colors

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Barr
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (814 ratings)

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Fugitive Colors

By: Lisa Barr
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
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Publisher's Summary

Fugitive Colors is a gripping debut novel of an artist's indomitable vengeance after World War II. Julian Klein, a young American artist, rebels against his religious upbringing and is eager for the artistic freedom of 1930s Paris. He flees Chicago only to find himself consumed by a world in which a paintbrush is far more lethal than a gun. An artist turned spy, Julian at the same time competes with jealous inferior artists who feverishly attempt to destroy those with true talent. Love, friendship, betrayal, and passion, as Julian learns, are never black and white.

Like an abstract painting, Julian's turbulent journey is emotionally charged as he tries to save his friends and salvage some of the most beloved pieces of modern art - including his own. The story of Julian and his friends' artistic endeavors is inspired by a harrowing and little-known historical truth: the official Nazi exhibition of "Degenerate Art," which opened in Munich on July 19, 1937, one day after the first Great German Art Exhibition. Lisa Barr's unrelenting prose brings to life artists who were made to endure miserable oppression - sometimes death - under the brutal Nazi regime. This is an audiobook of suspense, love, mystery, and, above all, the power of art.

©2013 Lisa Barr (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Gold medal for Literary Fiction 2014, Independent Book Publisher Awards

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Good and Not So Good

The story is gripping - including artists with great passion and escapes from the Nazis. But the writing is too flowery for my taste - often repeating emotional thoughts over several paragraphs, to the point where I found myself thinking, "Get to the damn POINT already." All in all, a solid 3 out of 5.

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Don't Miss This One

I purchased this book simply because the main character is an artist, and so am I. Five stars doesn't do justice. I was immediately swept into this novel and found it difficult to pause or stop listening. It was so good! Swept into the amazing characters, into the historical significance and the unusual, dramatic story. You don't have to be an artist to appreciate this book.............it's got it all.........breathtaking story. Enjoy!

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phenominal book

Would you listen to Fugitive Colors again? Why?

Such a beautiful story. Not many thrillers can make you cry. This book hits on every emotion. The reader was sensational.

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Breathtaking

A beautiful,yet sad story of the art movement in the years leading up to World War II. The theft of Jewish artwork, as well as the persecution of the artists, by Hitler is emphasized. It led me to research the subject. I had read some brief references in other books but had no knowledge of how extensive the operation was. I recommend that you read the book if you’d like to gain a better insight of just how fragile our freedoms actually are and how easily they can be taken from us. There is much to be learned from history of that dark period in history.

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Fascinating storyline

My only wish is that there would have been more character development. Had that been accomplished early on I think this book would have been absolutely splendid!

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Highly recommended

I almost gave up after a couple of hours, but I hung in there, and I a so glad I did. After going thru so many hardships the surprising ending was quite satisfying.

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Couldn’t finish.

This story felt forced and used unnecessary foul language. Quit at chapter 6 Don’t bother.

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Six star performance!

Outstanding everything! I could not quit listening! Lisa Barr draws you in to the characters lives. I cheered, I cried, I was so moved. Jonathan Davis makes you think you are listening to an entire ensemble, you forget it is one person.

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Unexpected

Not sure where to begin. I was ready to give up, but then the story finally took on some action. Very compelling story of events that I am positive that unless one is interested in the art world would have never given this subject much thought in war time. I now have something new to research and discover. Even though this is fiction, I am sure that much research went into this novel and many aspects are very true. I truly believe that Trump was our next Hitler had he not been beaten, not that Biden has been great by any stretch of our imagination. Sorry!

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UN-PUT-DOWNable

The review is on point when they call it “UN-PUT-DOWNable”.
By far my favorite book I’ve read on Audible.
You will not be disappointed!

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