The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

Dominic Smith, read by Edoardo Ballerini. Macmillan Audio, unabridged, 8 CDs, 10 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4272-6825-9
The Dutch golden age is reimagined through a haunting landscape painting and three interwoven characters, timelines, and locales in this luminous audio adaptation of Smith’s novel. In 1636, while grieving the death of her young daughter, artist Sara de Vos paints At the Edge of a Wood. The painting remains in the De Groot family for 300 years until it is stolen from wealthy Manhattanite Marty De Groot in 1958 and replaced with a forgery. An investigator leads Marty to Ellie Shipley, a local art history student and the creator of the fake. As Marty embarks on a deceptive relationship with Ellie, reader Ballerini’s brilliant execution conveys the hesitancy, awkwardness, tension, and guile. Decades later, Marty and Ellie are reunited in Australia, where the appearance of both the original and the fake paintings threatens Ellie’s career. Ballerini’s versatility with intonation and timing convey the thrill of foreboding. His voice travels easily, equally confident in 17th-century Dutch life and in a 1950s New York jazz bar; he also segues seamlessly between American and Australian accents. This is an excellent audio. An FSG/Crichton hardcover. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 07/25/2016
Release date: 04/05/2016
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 304 pages - 978-0-374-10668-3
Open Ebook - 304 pages - 978-0-374-71404-8
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4272-6826-6
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