The Lady in Gold

Customer Reviews

306 Ratings

Overall Ratings

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    116
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    90
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    62
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4 out of 5 stars
By David A Weatherbie on 04-13-15

Get a better narrator.

What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

It would be bad enough if it were just her uninspired reading of the book - she just races through with no inflection to give life to the story; however, the real failure is her mispronunciation of so many words and names. Didn't it occur to an editor to correct her when, for example, she pronouced "fraulein" as "frow-line" when it's supposed to be "froy-line." Or, even worse, pronouncing the German article "Die" as "dye" rather than "dee." English words get treated badly, too. She apparently has no idea how to correctly say "hegemony." There are, alas, too many other examples to mention.

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12 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sandi-Jo on 05-13-14

Amazing writing, research & story!

Where does The Lady in Gold rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best

What did you like best about this story?

It covered so much - the Jewish origins & experience in Vienna, the Viennese artists' involvement in the contemporary art movements of the 20th century, the varied experiences of the different families before, during & even after the Nazi times, & finally the detailed legal issues that brought "The Lady in Gold" portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer to the United States.

Which scene was your favorite?

Impossible to single out any one - all so rich in "you are there" details.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was wonderful to dwell in for a whole week to not miss a word.

Any additional comments?

Having seen the 5 Klimt paintings at the Neue Galerie when they were first exhibited in New York & knowing some of the background, I found the book very special.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By michael on 12-25-12

This audio allows you feel this art history

I find stories on art history very appealing. This one is excellent. I recommend this book and plan to listen to it again. At first the person narrating the book put me off. I felt she was cutting her words off. That soon changed and she proved to be the right person to narrate this book. I know my knowledge and appreciation of Gustav Klimt has improved. Also my knowledge of Austrian and German attitudes of this period was eye openning.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Terri L. Weast on 04-08-15

It sounded like Siri was reading the book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would hire a good editor to shape a story and not allow for the off-topic details and the inconsistent presentation of the material (flowery in one area, list of factoids in another, and redundant in spots). The strongest narrative was the last few paragraphs - why wasn't this material rephrased and used at the beginning to draw readers in?

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Two words: cohesive narrative

How did the narrator detract from the book?

OMG - monotone with an inability to break sections into phrases. Reading aloud is like music, add some dynamics, some change in pitch, use pauses effectively.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

For once, I'm trusting Hollywood will do a better job of presenting the story than the book. (And now I'll go look up who the screenwriter is as s/he will deserve an award of some type if they managed to make an intelligible narrative where this book failed.)

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Cini on 05-07-14

Interesting Story, Terrible Narrator

What did you love best about The Lady in Gold?

The interesting subject

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's voice is like fingernails on a blackboard to me. At first, I thought there was something wrong with the recording; she reads too quickly and then slows way down. At one point I actually adjusted the speed to see if it would help but it didn't. Also, her over-enunciation is a ridiculous affection. I wasn't sure I was even going to be able to finish to book. I'm very interested in the subject so every day I force myself to focus on the story - not on the narrator but I would have enjoyed it more if I'd just bought the book and read it.

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Leah on 05-08-14

Amazing story, Rushed performance

This is a true-life story about the Austrian collusion in Nazi theft of art during WWII, and of its eventual restitution after a heroic battle, some 60+ years later. It is a compelling human drama and an important work.
The narrative suffers slightly from distracting side-tales, and the writing is not seamless.
I found the reading to be too rushed, as if the reader was trying to get through the story as rapidly as possible.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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