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Highly recommended

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Reviewed: 27-01-2020

A great story that we really appreciate. A history I didn’t know anything about.
Narrations are also brilliant.
Thanks for producing this audiobook.

Highly recommend

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Reviewed: 23-01-2020

After seeing the film, I wanted to read the book.
Then I found Audible got it.
Excellent narration indeed. One of the best performances
And the storyline is slightly different which I’m not going to share here.
Great story.

Highly recommend

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Reviewed: 27-05-2019

Erudite and lyrical, this beautifully written meditation on chosen artists and their paintings are also superbly narrated by Andrew Wincott. His tone of voice is very comfortable to my ears.

Although I had to look for paintings online to get visual references the author was talking about, I didn’t think it was a chore.

Gericault, Fantin-Latour, Redon, Vuillard, Vallotton, Oldenburg, Hodgkin... these are unknown painters to me.
My favourite chapter is on Freud.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Audible production. I learned a lot.

Highly recommended

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Reviewed: 22-01-2019

Any audiobook that talks about visual art is very tricky. Quite often, it loses meaning or impact precisely because of its audio format.
Not this one.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Robertson Dean did a great job as a narrator.
Based on seven rainbow spectrum colours, (and white, black, grey), the author gives us a plenty of fascinating stories about this intriguing visual sensation.

Highly recommended

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Reviewed: 06-10-2018

Professor Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen Higgins did a superb job here to dissect his complex ideas and present them in plain English.

I can’t say I understood everything in there. There are some lectures I needed to listen to again and again.

However, at the end of lecture 24, I think I got at least some rudimentary concepts on his life, ideas and their impact on our own life.

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‘The Masterpiece’ by Fiona Davis

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Reviewed: 29-08-2018

When I found this is a historical fiction about Grand Central School of Art founded by John Singer Sargent in the 20s, I immediately decided to download from Audible. The reader is my favourite Cassandra Campbell. That helps.

The author adapted a well-trodden dual timeline format. And I think it works very well here.

The story itself is fascinating, very clever mixture of the fictional and the real.
Although some subplots are too contrived, I enjoyed the book. As usual, it’s read brilliantly.

Beautifully written and vividly narrated

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Reviewed: 15-07-2018

Although the plot is rather straightforward, the author succeeds in keeping me intrigued to the end, vividly recreating the life of Mary Cassatt and her relationship with Edgar Degas in Paris during heyday of Impressionist movements.
I didn’t know much about her, and the book gave me a good opportunity to explore this lesser known painter.

Great Course, truly

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Reviewed: 22-06-2018

Well, 32 lectures and 24 hours of listening experience was more than what I had expected.
Robert Greenberg’s passionate and humorous styles kept me going. I can’t say I understood technical details of the compositions, but, he surely knows how to entertain non-musical people like me.
At least, my understanding of Beethoven’s symphonies is now so much deeper.

Great story and narration

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Reviewed: 18-04-2018

It’s always tricky reading a novel based loosely on historical events.
I think here the author again successfully creates a captivating story with full of fascinating descriptions of its time and space.
I liked it a lot.

Fascinating story, narrated very well

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Reviewed: 03-04-2018

I knew there’s a painting in NGV by Picasso, ‘Weeping Wonan’, but had no idea about its heist. Scince then I’ve read a lot of stuff on the net. It’s really a great crime (?), totally unbelievable.

This book cleverly intertwines fictional events with this painting, set in Melbourne 1986.
Obviously I can’t feel nostalgic while reading this, I wasn’t here, but, the author succeeds in recreating a vibrant, rough and tumble Fitzroy area very well.

The ending was a bit predictable, but, I thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age story telling. It’s a great homage to a bygone era in the 80s when everything was so relaxed that this ‘victimless crime’ actually happened, and artists and bohemians could afford to live in Fitzroy.