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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Kostova Narrator: Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Sarah Zimmerman, Erin Cottrell, John Lee Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Psychiatrist Andrew Marlow has a perfectly ordered life—solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the hobby he loves: painting. This order is destroyed when the renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes Marlow’s patient.

When Oliver refuses to talk or cooperate, Marlow finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this silent genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Moving from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The many ardent admirers of The Historian will be happy to learn that The Swan Thieves offers plenty of the same pleasures.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Kostova knows how to craft a breathless ending.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A compelling story…Fans of The Historian have been waiting a long time for a new work from Kostova. They won’t be disappointed.” 

    Denver Post

  • “A must-read for lovers of historical fiction…The Swan Thieves shows the same meticulous historical research and scene-setting description that elevated The Historian from a vampire tale to a work of art.”  

    Associated Press

  • The Swan Thieves succeeds both in its echoes of The Historian and as it maps new territory for this canny and successful writer.” 

    Publishers Weekly 

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kirsten McKeown | 2/19/2014

    " Absolutely sneaks up on you... beautiful endings like short little films. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lori Hoeckele | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed getting reacquainted with the Impressionist artists of France. The story, however, was slow and took a long time to get to a conclusion (560 pages). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Molly | 2/6/2014

    " I wasn't sure I would like this novel. Kostova creates indelible characters and weaves her characters' humanity into a tapestry of art and history. The novel's structure is similar to "The Historian" but that structure is not as effective in this novel. Still a very enjoyable read -- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Genisee | 2/2/2014

    " I'd give it 3.5 if I could. I loved the secondary story, but I didn't like Marlow and his romance at all "

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