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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dominic Smith Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this luminous novel, Dominic Smith reinvents the life of one of photography’s founding fathers. In 1839, Louis Daguerre’s invention took the world by storm. A decade later, he is sinking deep into delusions brought on by exposure to mercury, the very agent that allowed his daguerreotype process. Believing the world will end within one year, he creates his “Doomsday List,” ten items he must photograph before the final day. It includes a woman he has always loved but has not seen in half a century.

Paris in 1847 was a city of Bohemian excess and social unrest. Into this strange and beguiling world, Louis Daguerre sets off to capture his doomsday images, with the help of the womanizing poet Baudelaire and a beautiful prostitute named Pigeon, in this moving story of ruined love, fame unraveling, and a prodigious mind coming undone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly entertaining.” 

    New York Times

  • “Smith renders a clear-eyed portrait of Daguerre and his thinking, against a backdrop of tumultuous times.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stephen Hoye narrates with joy and expertise. Here is listening intensity that makes the brain create an imaginary world that diminishes reality.” 


  • “Smith’s beautifully written debut uses the life of photography’s inventor as the framework for a touching tale of youthful love regained in maturity…A compelling psychological study, a thoughtful tracing of the birth of a new art form, and an atmospheric portrait of nineteenth-century France: impressive on all three counts.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by City Girl | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty boring...made it almost all the way through and just couldn't bring myself to finish it. That being said the other book by this author is FABULOUS. Beautiful Miscellaneous was a must read. This one....not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jamilah | 1/17/2014

    " About the creator of the daguerrotype photographic process, his life and art, and his health troubles (including madness) from the mercury used in his work. Also includes a love story, of the tragic, wistful unrequited variety. I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " The author mentions a woman wearing a brassiere...in the mid-19th century. An obvious sign that this book was not well researched, and the plot wasn't good enough for me to overlook such inaccuracies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob Rosenow | 1/13/2014

    " This is a wonderful story of 19th century paris. Well told. well researched or very, very inventive. "

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