• The Didomenico Fragment

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility comes a stylish and alluring new story about art, money, and a precious family heirloom - brought magically to life by the beloved voice of six-time Emmy-winner John Lithgow. 

Like many well-to-do Upper East Siders over the age of 65, esteemed art appraiser Percival Skinner had planned to spend his retirement living off his savings. But a market correction has left him living below his prior means. One day he’s visited by a dapper fixer in search of a famous work by the Renaissance master Giuseppe Didomenico. Skinner knows the work well: The original was owned by his ancestor, and was passed down through his family over the generations. If, as an intermediary, he can coordinate a sale, a small fortune awaits. Problem is, he might not be the only one on the make. 

Told with the quixotic energy of a classic Henry James tale and the gleeful absurdity of drawing-room comedy, this playful and effortlessly heartwarming story from one of America’s most gifted writers is a welcome reminder that sometimes what we find is more valuable than what we are looking for.  

©2020 Amor Towles (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. His short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, and Vogue. Having worked as an investment professional for more than 20 years, Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Photo by Dmitri Kasterine

About the Performer

John Lithgow’s celebrated career began on the stage. Weeks after he made his 1973 Broadway debut in David Storey’s The Changing Room, he won his first Tony Award. Since that promising beginning, he has performed on Broadway more than 20 times, with iconic roles in M. Butterfly, The Front Page, Sweet Smell of Success (for which he won his second Tony Award), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He’s been nominated for more than ten Emmy Awards and has won six, for unforgettable performances including his portrayals of Winston Churchill on The Crown, serial killer Arthur Mitchell on Dexter, and alien High Commander Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Lithgow’s extensive television work has also won him two Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award. A two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor (The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment), he is also an accomplished painter and the author of the memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, and several best-selling children’s books.

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enchanting

to all who produced this audible performance and the marvelous author Amor Towles...what a wonderful time I have just listening to this grand little story! thank you so much for making my day so much better. completely enchanted with the music and Mr Lithgow's marvelous narration. you all just really made my day! and now I want lots more just like it!!!
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Super fun, witty, and you learn something about art!

John Lithgow's reading of this short story is a perfect accompaniment to the art history. Good story and great ending! You'll be laughing and learning at the same time!

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Towels + Lithgow = PERFECTION

A superb gem of story, performed with nuance by the world's greatest narrator. Highly recommended.

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Wonderful, but a wee bit too negative for me

It’s just his humor- denigrating everyone from cowboys to vegans. It is humorous at first but irritated me a bit by the end. Sarcasm as wit. But overall I really enjoyed it, especially because it was brief, and so recommend it.

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Delightful

Favorite author narrated by a venerable actor,what could be more enjoyable? Highly recommend you pour a cup of tea and enjoy the story.

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I wish this were longer

But really, it’s just perfect as a short story. Happy but not sappy. Educational but not pedantic. I just loved it. And there is no better narrator than John Lithgow.

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A Gentle, Refined Amusement

Two hours in the company of an aging man of New York; I felt as if I was hearing this tale over dinner in the company of an old, distant, very interesting friend. Marvelous!

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Beautiful story

Loved it. Very enjoyable and very absorbing story even with the short length. Nothing is missing.

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  • 05-17-22

Lithgow excels in a tale on par with Henry James

a thoroughly pleasant way to spend an hour or so, this louche and charming tale of a loveable retired art man mining his contacts list for one last slice of the art pie has the hallmark of the Aspern Papers but brought up to date in modern Manhattan. It's witty, culturally high minded and if that's your thing will leave you with a smile on your face

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perfect

I adored it. Every single moment was perfection. I will be looking for more John Lithgow on audible

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  • john Taylor
  • 05-05-22

A wonderful and enjoyable listen

Superlative writing and read wonderfully well. A most rewarding and highly appreciated piece of work.

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  • 04-27-22

Good twist!

Beautifully written - the main character is easily visualised, the story is well paced and the underlying tongue in cheek irony appealing. Narration was perfect, thank you for nearly two hours of entertainment!

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  • Mr. C. J. Goode
  • 04-17-22

A perfectly crafted short story

A beautiful and amusing short story set in New York concerning the world of art. Perfectly read and well worth a listen

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  • M. Emery
  • 04-08-22

Delightful

This is a delightful, light story, that raised a wet smile. Beautifully read by John Lithgow.

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  • Luce
  • 04-06-22

An easy and enjoyable listen

fantastic narration by John Lithgow, a lovely listen if you are interested in art. The story is a little light but, it's actually quite nice to have something easy to listen to when I tend to listen to much more dense, factual audios.

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  • 04-06-22

Bravo..

A great short story, done justice by John Lithgow’s masterful narration. Will be seeking out more from both author and narrator for sure.

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  • Mr. L. F. Barry
  • 03-27-22

Very good

Just too short
Excellent, expect none the less from this author
Narration especially very good

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  • JayDee
  • 03-21-22

A fable from a fine storyteller

John Lithglow renders this tale of greed and subterfuge with an easy charm. I really like Amor Towles and hadn't come across this until it popped up on Audible. So much better than some of the other free material.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Brilliant

This is an awesome short story written with such a wry and clever narrative voice. The voice work of John Lithgow is outstanding too. Towels creates these wonderful personas that are aristocratic, yet still likeable. Not an easy feat in today’s literary landscape. Loved it!

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  • Robert
  • 03-02-22

Great story

This was a lovely story and wonderfully read by John Lithgow. I really enjoyed it.

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  • virginia w.
  • 10-13-21

The Didomenico Fragment is a little gem.

An ingenious, engaging story. It is unmistakably Amor Towles.
a wonderful reading by John Lithgow.

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  • neerav
  • 09-23-21

Great narration

A pleasant way to spend an hour and 47 minutes, John Lithgow is an excellent narrator and the perfect choice to tell this tale about art, history and scheming plans

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  • Hayley
  • 09-18-21

Pure fun

This was a joy to listen to. Uncle Percy as a character was larger than life, similar to the Count in A Gentleman in Moscow. I was beaming from ear to ear throughout the incredible narration done by John Lithgow. Art, character, excellent prose and delivered all in a short story.