Author(s): Michael Frayn
Awards:1999-Fiction-Shortlist-Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Jun 17, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.25 hours)
Product Number: Z100097024
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781481598712
Narrator/s: Frederick Davidson
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An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art's elusive old masters.Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

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Author(s): Michael Frayn
Narrator(s): Steven Crossley
Product Number Z14024
Released: Feb 01, 2019
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ISBN: #9781501988455
Author(s): Michael Frayn
Narrator(s): Frederick Davidson
Product Number DD6847
Released: Jul 01, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470889654
Author(s): Michael Frayn
Product Number EB00095173
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781466828346

Professional reviews

"Spending the summer in the country becomes a life-changing experience for Martin Clay and his family when they become embroiled in a scheme to evaluate paintings hidden in the manor of the local lord. Art historians will rejoice over the subject matter and the intricate descriptions of the paintings and their provenance. One needs to be entranced by the subject because Frederick Davidson's manner of speaking is supercilious. Although his vocal changes bring forth believable characters with pleasing sounds, his narration is too snobbish for popular fiction. Simple words are drawn out to a laughable degree, and there is no friendliness in his presentation. Haughtiness does not make a listener feel welcome. J P. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"