Dear Theo

  • by Irving Stone, Jean Stone
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters to his beloved brother, Theo, his confidant and companion. No thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial. It was all scrupulously recorded and shared.
In these letters, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views of the world of art. Irving Stone has edited the letters of Vincent in such a way as to retain every line of beauty, significance, and importance. “It is my humble opinion that Vincent was as great a writer and philosopher,” Stone says, “as he was a painter.”

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What the Critics Say

“An extraordinary book… and a great one.” (New York Times)
“A great book, the greatness of a man in his own words.” (The Nation)

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Customer Reviews

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Worst narrator ever!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Interesting from an art history perspective, and to witness the thinking of Van Gogh.


What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

Almost a complete monotone all the way through. I am pretty sure that Vincent Van Gogh was a very passionate man, but the entire book was read in a near monotone. It was so excruciating to listen to that I put it down for months at a time.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dear Theo?

No scenes - these are his letters to his brother, so no editing. I would select a more passionate narrator.


Any additional comments?

Read the book on your own. This narrator is awful!

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- Aawendel "AnnE"

Historical but not entertaining

I love Irving Stone novels. They have brought history to life for me but not this one. You would have to be a student of art or have a great interest in Van Gogh to get through this one. The narrator didn't help much but he didn't have a lot to work with.
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- Marilyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.