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I was a little overwhelmed at first with the number of players in this book but was quickly pulled into each person and painting's back story and relationship to one another.
Read this book if you have an interest in history, painting, art dealers, trust fund babies, crooks, the working poor, fine cooking and love.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Fun to listen bro while working. Made my day go by quickly. Loved having the picture talk to me. He was quite entertaining.
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This funny, moving, satirical story of love, food and good versus evil in the world of art history, art dealers, auctioneers, oligarchs, politicians and crooks is a real tonic. I laughed out loud at various points,seethed at various injustices, empathised with the love-lorn Jesse, cheered for the heroine as she found a new life and romance after the betrayal of her long-term partner and fumed about the duplicity of 'the great and the good.'
A surviving Nazi turned multi-millionaire art dealer hunts for a lost Watteau masterpiece, the Improbability of Love, which has personal importance and and social/moral implications for him. Its discovery in a very unexpected place triggers a story that is glorious in its complex and rich cast of characters, back stories and motivations for possessing the painting that is rumoured to bring love and happiness to its owner.
I really enjoyed the chapters narrated in the voice of the painting itself. That was a clever and unusual piece of storytelling.
The two narrators do an excellent job and make the story come alive, highlighting the comedy and the more serious elements of the plot very ably.
One of my favourite books of 2016 so far and I shall definitely listen to it again at some point.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Page-turning story and great voice acting! I would definitely recommend if you like your fun mysteries with a dose of history and culture.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I have never been interested in art particularly, now I look at it with a whole new perspective.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Rather than my usual way of using audible whilst driving or relaxing in a bath, I found myself finding time to listen to just one more chapter. The waves of historical recollection from the painting's point of view gave an added delight to the backdrop of the modern artistic perspective.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a sweet combination of romance fiction, thriller and historical memoir.