• Dear Theo

  • The Autobiography of Vincent van Gogh
  • By: Jean Stone, Irving Stone
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-21-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (84 ratings)

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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.”

©1937 Irving Stone (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“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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5 out of 5 stars
By oliver spencer on 07-13-17

Vincent Van Gogh could have been a great writer.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in art and artists. It completely contradicts the popular Hollywood version of Van Gogh.

What did you like best about this story?

His amazing skills as a writer. When he describes a scene it's a vivid as his art.

What does Clive Chafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As these are letters written by Van Gogh the performance isn't really important.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not applicable.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Aawendel on 03-28-14

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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9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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