The Art Forger
Author: B. A. Shapiro aka Barbara Shapiro; Read by Xe Sands
Length: 8 discs; 10 hours
Obtained: Library copy
Why this book?:
I'd seen it and heard about it for awhile. But then I saw on someone's blog (for the life of me I can't remember whose) about how great the audio was, and... the time was right.
When I first started listening to this I recognized the voice. I hadn't payed attention to who the narrator was before I started, but I recognized Xe Sands voice immediately from Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski. This meant at first it was difficult for me to separate Claire Roth in this story from Lucy Bloom in Objects of My Affection. But soon Claire's character came through (helped, no doubt, by Xe Sands wonderful reading), the story went its own unique way, and I was immersed.
The story is told from three alternating points. I'd be listening to one, hanging on, if you will. And then the story would change to the next. And while I found each perspective interesting and wanted it to continue on, I became frustrated with each switch. The same frustration you might feel when a commercial comes on right at that point of a favorite television show or movie.
Anyway, Claire and her happenings bring about such a conflict. Morals - for she most certainly is not acting legally. Plus you just know she's going to be caught. And yet. You (or at least I) want things to go well for her. Surely she's due for something to go right?
Beyond the conflict of Claire's situation (her Faustian bargain as the blurb on the cover says), there is the mystery of just what is going on with the Degas painting. What did happen all those years ago with Isabelle Gardner? And I have to say this part I partially guessed. But still, I had to listen on.
And speaking of mystery. This apparently is one, even though I wouldn't have classified it as such on my own. Hmmm.
I would definitely listen to more of Xe Sands - in fact I just did listen to some of her #GoingPublic reading. And I'm interested in reading some of more by Barbara Shapiro - whose name is naggingly familiar, though I didn't recognize any of her previous works.