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1993 Nero Award, given by The Nero Wolfe Society/The Wolfe Pack for literary excellence in the mystery genre.
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By Peggie on 07-15-16
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator's mispronunciation of French words and phrases, and even the names of well-known artists, was truly cringe-worthy--I winced every time. The narrator butchered words unabashedly, which repeatedly took me out of the story. If this sort of thing bothers you, avoid this book.
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By Kathi on 03-10-14
Here's what I really, really enjoyed about this book: it was filled with pages of interesting information about art and art history. Loved hearing about artists, and things like debates around the worth of "fakes" and forgeries, and so forth. The story itself was clever.
Here's what I liked less: although interesting, at times it seemed written for about a high school reading level. Sometimes sort of stilted language (but not always).
Here's what I liked even less: the narrator read too fast.
Here's what left me absolutely cringing and needing a bullet to bite on: this book is filled with French words--vocabulary, places, names, even French accents for characters who spoke English. A lot more than the occasional French phrase thrown in here and there. This narrator murdered the French language! It was pretty awful. I might have thought the producer of this book could have found an accomplished bilingual reader to have made it a more credible listen.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful