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The Collector’s Apprentice

A Novel
Written by: B. A. Shapiro
Narrated by: Xe Sands
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins

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Publisher's Summary

It's the summer of 1922, and 19-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris - broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiance, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence - and exact revenge on George.   

When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley, who is based on real-life museum founder Albert Barnes, offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates - including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives...and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder.   

B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector's Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.

©2018 B. A. Shapiro (P)2018 HighBridge Company

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  • ibillinsly@gmail
  • 29-01-19

4.09 stars

I've learned much of what I know about art history from fiction novels. This is the second audiobook I've listened to by B.A. Shapiro. Obviously, she is very knowledgeable when it comes to art and art history. The Art Forger is my favorite novel by her, but The Collector's Apprentice is also a good read/listen. XE Sands narrates both novels, and she does a good job in each instance. If you like art and you like fiction, it would be hard not to like this author's work.

Overall rating: 4.09 stars

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  • Margaret M Decker
  • 30-10-18

Not as good as first 2 books

Third book of hers I have read. I really didn’t like George ‘s character. I don’t really like reading about deceit and cheating and stealing. As far as the prose goes. I feel like it want back and forth to much. Hard to keep straight what country an time frame it was. Just didn’t interest me and then thank goodness the way it ended for if she would have ended up with George I would have been disappointed.


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  • Carole J. Davis
  • 12-05-19

Excellent Book

I found this to be an excellent topic. It was filled with an artful story; an interesting plot; an ending, surprising yet justified. I loved the readers voice which seemed to add depth to the story. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

Don’t waste your time

The woman who read this had an extremely annoying cadence. The story was extremely predictable. I was not impressed.

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  • lisa g
  • 15-09-19

Narrator ruined the book.

best to buy the book and read yourself rather than listen to it. very disappointing. she basically ruined a very good story.

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  • Carole M. Katz
  • 01-04-19

Don't waste your time

A Harlequin romance with some art history thrown in. Preposterous plot, stock characters. Was hoping for some insight into the displacement of the Barnes collection

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  • Judith Coulson
  • 22-10-18

Boring

Did not finish. I really did enjoy previous books of the author but the story in this book moves to slow, with adding dimensions that don't contribute to the story as such. Appriciate the historic background.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-10-19

Maybe it's just me

I listened to the first 10 minutes-ish, but had to stop. The narrator tends to drop the end of her sentences, so I missed a lot. It was truly annoying. I wish the narrator would be a bit louder, but also not drop the sentences ends. Due to this, I was unable to listen to the book, so have no clue how good (or not) the actual story is.

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  • Amazon by MLS
  • 20-11-18

got bored, stopped listening , no added value to..

got bored, stopped listening, no added value to continuous back and forth in time narrative.