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It's the summer of 1922, and 19-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris - broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiance, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence - and exact revenge on George.   

When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley, who is based on real-life museum founder Albert Barnes, offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates - including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives...and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.   

B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector's Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

©2018 B. A. Shapiro (P)2018 HighBridge Company

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4.09 stars

I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice is also a good read/listen. XE Sands narrates both novels, and she does a good job in each instance. If you like art and you like fiction, it would be hard not to like this author's work.

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Not as good as first 2 books

Third book of hers I have read. I really didn’t like George ‘s character. I don’t really like reading about deceit and cheating and stealing. As far as the prose goes. I feel like it want back and forth to much. Hard to keep straight what country an time frame it was. Just didn’t interest me and then thank goodness the way it ended for if she would have ended up with George I would have been disappointed.


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Disappointing

I really enjoyed the 2 previous B.A. Shapiro novels involving the art world. This one had too much bad romance and unbelievable twists. I didn't even like the characters. I was curious enough to finish, to find out "whodunit" but I should have stopped listening. At least I could do other things while listening, as opposed to reading the first 2 on my Kindle, so time was not completely wasted.

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Excellent Book

I found this to be an excellent topic. It was filled with an artful story; an interesting plot; an ending, surprising yet justified. I loved the readers voice which seemed to add depth to the story. Bravo!

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Really quite boring

I kept giving it the benefit of the doubt and continued listening despite its tedious story line and uneventful plot. The ping-pong back and forth between timelines was pointless and seemed done purely for the sake of doing it because it’s popular. The narrators voice and cadence was annoying but I could have overlooked it if the story had drawn me in.

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Good art mystery.

I liked the book but at times struggled with length.
all in all good art read

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loved it

Wonderfully written and executed! l loved the play of past and present being set back to back, hopping back and forth pushing both narratives forward.

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True to form, and DO touch that dial

I like historical fiction, art history, and murder mysteries, and came across B A Shapiro's work a few years ago. After reading her other 'art' novels, I was hooked, and delighted to land on this one from Audible. Unfortunately, as others have written, it was very difficult to understand the reader, and I stopped listening about 15 minutes into the story, and didn't return for a few weeks. When I did return, I decided to up the volume, and that seemed to make the reader's voice clearer, and I was able to finish listening to the story. To those contemplating buying this recording I say, if you like Shapiro's work, you will likely enjoy this one, too--it has more twists and turns than some of the others. And try upping the volume.

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Good but not good enough

The story was pretty good, but the jumping back and forth in time and characters was confusing and detracted greatly from the enjoyment. i wanted to like it more, but my confusion got in the way.

Audible and the producers must understand that a not small part of their market are people listening in cars while commuting. As one of those, i understand the urge to be dramatic and lower the volume, but much is list when listening in a car. Very disappointing performance.

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Don’t waste your time

The woman who read this had an extremely annoying cadence. The story was extremely predictable. I was not impressed.

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