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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: B. A. Shapiro Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781611749281
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In 1990, 13 works of art worth over $500 million were stolen from a Boston art museum <#150> the largest unsolved art heist in history. Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye, as sh Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Classy and pleasurably suspenseful…An entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery in which Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “By page two of this novel, the reader is fully engrossed into the world of struggling artist Claire Roth, nicknamed “The Great Pretender” who copies famous paintings for a website called Reproductions.com…A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups.”

    Library Journal

  • “Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance…Convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Precise and exciting…Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find The Art Forger rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth, and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”

    Washington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2013 New England Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/20/2014

    " The Art Forger is a fascinating book about a woman who copies masterpieces for a living. She is asked to copy a Degas painting and then gets involved in a web of lies relating to the famous art theft at the Gardner museum in Boston. One can get bogged down in a lot of details relating to how a copy is forged and also a lot of art history. At times, I got frustrated with how slowly the book was moving, but in the end it was a good read and also a very good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/17/2014

    " Interesting light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/12/2014

    " I wasn't going to review this book because I thought it was a no-brainer. But, I have changed my mind. My thoughts go back to passages in this novel that continue to inform my appreciation of art. Like how the young woman who is an actual art forger, notices the technique of the young men in "juvy" to whom she teaches art. Her observations among these juvenile offenders help her solve an art mystery that has led to the incarceration of a prestigious gallery owner, who is also her lover. There is much art history in this easily read book and that is an extra bonus. And, I guess I would characterize this effort by Barbara Shapiro as a mystery. I am a huge mystery afficianado, so although I don't think this is a GREAT book, it kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Morris | 2/5/2014

    " A great read; I learned so much about Degas and about forgery. The main character, was someone you could identify with and root for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Lenoch | 1/31/2014

    " Seriously, amazing!!! It is on my personal top ten reads! Thank you BA Shapiro!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 1/16/2014

    " Imaginative follow-up on the real-life heist of paintings from the Gardner Museum in Boston: what if one was found, but it turned out to be a forgery? and this forgery was then copied? Fairly convulated, lots of information about how to copy paintings, and background on Isabella Stewart Gardner, but not the "book of the year" on so many "best of" lists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/30/2013

    " Clever!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 12/26/2013

    " Kept me guessing until the end. The mark of a good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Wakefield | 12/26/2013

    " Enjoyed the behind-the-art-scenes details, as well as the characters & plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lisa | 12/23/2013

    " I didn't like the first half of the book much -- flat characters, boring writing, and Claire Roth, the main character, I found to be annoyingly naiive, even stupid. The second half is when the action picks up, and I enjoyed it so much more, but still didn't like Claire Roth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 11/19/2013

    " While much of the technical aspects of painting and art were beyond my scope of knowledge, this was a great compelling story that caused me to completely neglect my family all day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 10/25/2013

    " Story moves right along; easy to read; needs better editing (repetition of phrases). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/13/2013

    " one of the best novels i read in a while. it was about the main character's relationship with art... both as an action and an object. i found the depictions of painting riveting. maybe this is because i wish i had that in me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 10/2/2013

    " Loved it! I couldn't put the book down! I read it in 2.5 days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debmeinke | 9/5/2013

    " Exciting - learned about how to forge (I mean, copy) art. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/21/2013

    " Chucked it after a couple chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/17/2013

    " The ending was obvious, but overall not a bad way to spend an afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/1/2013

    " This book was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed the context of the Gardner heist and all the technical information about how paintings are forged. The plot was wrapped up awfully neat and tidy at the end but oh well. It was a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/5/2013

    " A taut, well developed mystery. I particularly liked the focus on the art world. Lots of surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/24/2013

    " Absolutely loved it! The characters were wonderful and the descriptive way the author brought us into the process of forging the paintings was way beyond the expected. This was one book that was hard to put down. I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good suspense story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linden | 12/2/2012

    " Some plot devices are a bit over the top, but it's still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/27/2012

    " I am so glad I found this book--I loved it and have told many friends to go and get it. I have not been to the IGS Museum but it is on my list this summer. I had heard about the heist and read some info about it before but this sparked my interest all over again. "

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About the Author

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches fiction writing at Northeastern University.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.