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Luncheon of the Boating Party Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Luncheon of the Boating Party (Unabridged), by Susan Vreeland
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.35 (2,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Vreeland Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir's masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a café terrace along the Seine near Paris. A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoir's future wife, among others, share this moment of la vie moderne, a time when social constraints were loosening and Paris was healing after the Franco-Prussian War. Parisians were bursting with a desire for pleasure and a yearning to create something extraordinary out of life. Renoir shared these urges and took on this most challenging project at a time of personal crises in art and love, all the while facing issues of loyalty and the diverging styles that were tearing apart the Impressionist group.

Narrated by Renoir and seven of the models, and using settings in Paris and on the Seine, Vreeland illuminates the gusto, hedonism, and art of the era. With a gorgeous palette of vibrant, captivating characters, she paints their lives, loves, losses, and triumphs in a brilliant portrait of her own. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by wanda | 2/14/2014

    " difficult to get interested in! half way into the story interest is sparked when author describes the various models and their lives. also the life in france in 1880. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Janet Rosfeld | 2/11/2014

    " If you like detail, art history and are a francophile, you will really enjoy the unfolding story of one of Renoir's best paintings. It starts slow and builds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Jodie | 2/8/2014

    " OMG was this ever a slow read. I didn't think I would ever finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Katy | 1/25/2014

    " Not the best plot and not the best written book I've ever read, but fun and light. For those who love Renoir (he's one of my top artists), love the painting (Luncheon is my #1 and I loved reading an interpretation of how it came to be) or love Paris (the book is set there), then this book is for you. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Vreeland

Susan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Luncheon of the Boating Party, Life Studies, The Passion of Artemisia, The Forest Lover, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She lives in San Diego.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks for over twelve years. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor and No Passengers beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.