I Was Vermeer

  • by Frank Wynne
  • Narrated by Richard Burnip
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1945, a small-time Dutch art dealer was arrested for selling a forgery of a priceless national treasure - a painting by Vermeer - to Hitler's right-hand man. The charge was treason; the only possible sentence death. And yet Han van Meegeren languished in his dank prison cell, incapable of uttering the words that would set him free: 'I am a forger.' This riveting account of greed, hubris, excess, treason and fine art is the story of a failed artist and the greatest forger of all time.


What the Critics Say

"A gripping and fascinating biography." (Observer)
"A cracking tale." (Daily Mail)
"Wynne retells the story with brio, producing the genuine article: a page-turning read." (Sunday Times)


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This was my first audible book and it was great.

What did you love best about I Was Vermeer?

The subject matter of the book was factual yet it was written as a novel. It kept you involved and interested from the very beginning.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Was Vermeer?

I really liked the way the author depicted and built us up to the predicament the forger found himself in. Does he own up to the forgeries he has committed or does he risk conviction as a Nazi collaborator in the war?

What about Richard Burnip’s performance did you like?

Richard Burnip sets the tone of the book brilliantly. I was captivated from the beginning.

If you could give I Was Vermeer a new subtitle, what would it be?

Genuis and Fraudster?

Any additional comments?

My first experience of audible books on my kindle was a good one. I am now look forward to trying out greater varieties of works.

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- Cathal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2008
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd