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Author: Evan S. Connell Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781094174198

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Acclaimed author Evan S. Connell sends us through the complete experience of a man initially intrigued and then enslaved by art: a curious interest, a rapt fixation, and the becoming of a connoisseur. The Connoisseur trails the evolution of Muhlbach, an insurance executive on a business trip in Taos, New Mexico, who develops an obsession with pre-Columbian figurines after meandering through a curio shop. Entranced yet bewildered by his sudden affinity for a little figurine, Muhlbach succumbs to his intrigue and, thirty dollars later, begins his journey as a connoisseur.

With superb delivery and subtle clarity, Connell allows us to see and feel Muhlbach’s emerging mania, with its impending tension and sudden exhilaration. He illustrates how a new fixation alters our lens on life and shapes our actions.

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  • “Perhaps you won’t recognize—in yourself—middle-aged, conservative, really formal Mr. Muhlbach as readily as you did Mr. or Mrs. Bridge — he’s really the disembodiment of any obsession which can and often does overtake us at any time…He is last seen looking at a little hunchbacked dwarf in a window who expressionlessly returns his gaze, speculating on how dangerous is that little knowledge and how insidious that impulse to acquire...The Connoisseur is for fastidious others like him — a finely drawn, hooded entertainment which teases and appropriates the reader.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Evan S. Connell (1924–2013) was named a finalist for the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction. He received numerous prizes and awards for his writing and was the author of more than twenty books of fiction, poetry, essays, and history, including the biography of General Armstrong Custer, Son of the Morning Star.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.