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  • The Didomenico Fragment

  • Written by: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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The Didomenico Fragment

Written by: Amor Towles
Narrated by: John Lithgow
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility comes a stylish and alluring new story about art, money, and a precious family heirloom - brought magically to life by the beloved voice of six-time Emmy-winner John Lithgow. 

Like many well-to-do Upper East Siders over the age of 65, esteemed art appraiser Percival Skinner had planned to spend his retirement living off his savings. But a market correction has left him living below his prior means. One day he’s visited by a dapper fixer in search of a famous work by the Renaissance master Giuseppe Didomenico. Skinner knows the work well: The original was owned by his ancestor, and was passed down through his family over the generations. If, as an intermediary, he can coordinate a sale, a small fortune awaits. Problem is, he might not be the only one on the make. 

Told with the quixotic energy of a classic Henry James tale and the gleeful absurdity of drawing-room comedy, this playful and effortlessly heartwarming story from one of America’s most gifted writers is a welcome reminder that sometimes what we find is more valuable than what we are looking for.  

©2020 Amor Towles (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Excellent story and well narrated

Lovely story. Takes you through the world of an old man in New York and the life of a painting. Very readable and hard to put down.

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nothing much special but good

if u like art n history and can spare 2 hours .It is for you.Dose'nt add much to your horizon but a really good choice for a car ride or flight or a tedious waiting .

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Sweet little story!

This is my first Amor Towles and John Lithgow. Loved it! Eager to try more from both.

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  • Utah Cowgirl
  • 03-04-21

enchanting

to all who produced this audible performance and the marvelous author Amor Towles...what a wonderful time I have just listening to this grand little story! thank you so much for making my day so much better. completely enchanted with the music and Mr Lithgow's marvelous narration. you all just really made my day! and now I want lots more just like it!!!
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Amy Meighan
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Bothwell Utah

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  • Melissa Miller
  • 04-04-21

Super fun, witty, and you learn something about art!

John Lithgow's reading of this short story is a perfect accompaniment to the art history. Good story and great ending! You'll be laughing and learning at the same time!

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  • ItTakesaVillage
  • 02-04-21

Towels + Lithgow = PERFECTION

A superb gem of story, performed with nuance by the world's greatest narrator. Highly recommended.

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  • TWMD1
  • 01-04-21

Wonderful, but a wee bit too negative for me

It’s just his humor- denigrating everyone from cowboys to vegans. It is humorous at first but irritated me a bit by the end. Sarcasm as wit. But overall I really enjoyed it, especially because it was brief, and so recommend it.

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  • Connie K.
  • 03-04-21

Delightful

Favorite author narrated by a venerable actor,what could be more enjoyable? Highly recommend you pour a cup of tea and enjoy the story.

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  • Cynthia
  • 04-04-21

I wish this were longer

But really, it’s just perfect as a short story. Happy but not sappy. Educational but not pedantic. I just loved it. And there is no better narrator than John Lithgow.

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  • Lynne LeBlanc
  • 02-04-21

Fabulous

The story and the performance were both wonderful and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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  • P. Lanzing
  • 04-04-21

A Gentle, Refined Amusement

Two hours in the company of an aging man of New York; I felt as if I was hearing this tale over dinner in the company of an old, distant, very interesting friend. Marvelous!

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  • Yari Elisa Cruz Rios
  • 04-04-21

The best narration / performance

Such a great performance! Highly entertaining. One of the best narrations I’ve listened to. Recommended.

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  • Dana M. Gildersleeve
  • 03-04-21

Beautiful story

Loved it. Very enjoyable and very absorbing story even with the short length. Nothing is missing.

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  • NutwoodWanderer
  • 26-01-23

A perfect short story

Everything a short story should be. A self-contained, well-crafted plot, a small cast and a satisfying conclusion. This one also had humour and mischief!

Excellent narration.

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  • Sue Dobbing
  • 23-01-23

A wry & witty tale.

John Lithgow is the perfect narrator. Really brings the story to life.
I will now look for more from this author.

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  • Mrs L M Dixon
  • 19-01-23

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Beautifully written and superbly read - loved the story and found it to be a lovely easy listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-23

J’adore Lithgow

Lithgow’s performance is what makes this quiet little story come to life. A joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-22

So disappointed

I purchased this book because I absolutely loved A gentleman in Moscow. I thought that was one of the best books I’ve read and was excited to read another story by the same author. However, I have tried to listen to this story probably about six times and just can’t get into it. The storyline is disjointed and the subject matter up until chapter 7 at least it’s really quite dull. Very disappointed.

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  • Liz
  • 14-12-22

A quick listen

I really want this story to be real, so entertaining. The rougish behaviour made the main character more lovable and human

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  • jody whitehead
  • 14-12-22

Thoroughly enjoyed every minute

Really entertaining and a great way to spend over an hour whilst painting! The time flew by

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  • Len85
  • 10-12-22

Brilliant short story!

Narration fantastic, perfectly dry humour and a satisfying story. I’m searching out more from both author and narrator.

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  • Jonathan O'Dwyer
  • 29-11-22

Exquisite

I really enjoyed this short story and I didn't think I would, for me John Lithgow took it to another level.

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  • julie
  • 24-11-22

Brilliant story

I love this author and really enjoyed this cleverly crafted quirky story full of the subtleties of observation and reflection.
Loved it. I am now forwarding it to a cherished friend who first introduced me to this author.
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  • Julian Ludowici
  • 03-01-23

A delightful story, shades of Road Dahl without the calamitous end!

A fine story, without guile, beautifully narrated; evoking old money NewYork, excellent characters, amusing and thoughtful. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-12-22

A little gem

All of Amor Towles published works are excellent and this is no exception. A little gem, only available on Audible.

John Lithgow's reading is also first rate. Not to be missed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-22

fantastico

so much love for this little gem. every word written & narrated was fabulous

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  • Layla Sacker
  • 24-08-22

A joy to listen to

This was a delight . John Lithgow as narrator was brilliant … giving the text such added pleasure . It was wonderful . Amor Towles is a marvelous storyteller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-22

Brilliant

Having enjoyed every word of A Gentleman in Moscow, I was very happy to find this short story on audible. John Lithgow personifies the protagonist and reads with such enjoyment. I loved this and am now hunting for the next Amor Towles.

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  • Tim L
  • 30-05-22

A wonderfully whimsical tale

I loved A Gentleman in Moscow, and this short story captured my imagination just as well. Amor Towles is a first rate storyteller. John Lithgow brought it to life in the most delightful way. The twist at the end is beautifully delivered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-22

Brilliant

This is an awesome short story written with such a wry and clever narrative voice. The voice work of John Lithgow is outstanding too. Towels creates these wonderful personas that are aristocratic, yet still likeable. Not an easy feat in today’s literary landscape. Loved it!

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  • Robert
  • 02-03-22

Great story

This was a lovely story and wonderfully read by John Lithgow. I really enjoyed it.

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  • virginia w.
  • 13-10-21

The Didomenico Fragment is a little gem.

An ingenious, engaging story. It is unmistakably Amor Towles.
a wonderful reading by John Lithgow.

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  • neerav
  • 23-09-21

Great narration

A pleasant way to spend an hour and 47 minutes, John Lithgow is an excellent narrator and the perfect choice to tell this tale about art, history and scheming plans