At the American Academy of Classical Art, popular opinion has it that the school's handsome and mysterious founder, Raphael Sinclair, is a vampire. It is a rumor Rafe does nothing to dispel.
Scholarship student Tessa Moss has long dreamed of the chance to study at Rafe's Academy. But she is floundering amidst the ups and downs of a relationship with egotistical art star Lucian Swain.
Then, one of Tessa's sketches catches Rafe's attention: a drawing of a young woman in 1930s clothing who is covering the eyes of a child. The suitcase at her feet says Wizotsky. Sofia Wizotsky, the love of Rafe's life, was lost during the Holocaust. Or was she? Rafe suspects Tessa may be the key to discovering what really happened.
As Rafe finds excuses to interact with Tessa, they quickly discover they cannot deny their growing attraction to one another. It is an attraction forbidden by the Academy Board and disapproved of by anyone familiar with Rafe's playboy reputation and Tessa's softhearted innocence. But what if fate has other plans for Tessa and Rafe? What if they break all rules to succumb to a passion that defies history?
©2013 Helen Maryles Shankman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 06-08-14

worth a listen

What did you like best about The Color of Light? What did you like least?

Descriptions of art and art practices. That the characters weren't 'perfect'.

What about Simon Slater and Jennifer Ikeda ’s performance did you like?

Not sure Simon Slater was the best choice, either as Raphael or fitting in with Jennifer Ikeda, but he did a credible job of the narration.

Was The Color of Light worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

Some obvious plot devices, some bit kept me guessing. Will probably listen again.

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2 out of 5 stars
By T on 13-08-15

Don't bother

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If this book was only 2 hrs long it would have been brilliant. The basic story is good but so streched out it is boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Maryles Shankman again?


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't remember

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Dissapointment. I skipped most of the last download section and listened to the last 2 mins. It was enough to tell you what it was all about. (nothing).

Any additional comments?

The great thing about this book is that it is read by a great narrator. Check out her other narrations.

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4 out of 5 stars
By BG on 12-05-14

stories in stories

If you could sum up The Color of Light in three words, what would they be?

three words are: past and present story lines, wonderful vampire, a little too long. I was surprised I liked the book. I purchased it to hear Simon Slater. Other than Bram Stroker's Dracula, I have never had an interest in vampire stories. Because I studied art, I loved the author's setting of art school studio classes & art analysis; though frequently the students' conversations was somewhat boring--very adolescent for mid-twenty year old supposedly serious artists (except for the wonderful great prank).

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Color of Light?

The second part of the story is the best of the author's writing. Rafe's life narrated by Simon Slater. The historic horror and sadness the Jews in Poland suffered; the description of the love and suffering of Rafe for Sophia was boundless. I was taken aback. Could be me but I wasn’t clear about Tessa's family generational ties to Sophia. Could use more time, clarity and detail on this very interesting aspect of the book. It did seem a bit too long, I would have changed the ending.

What about Simon Slater and Jennifer Ikeda ’s performance did you like?

I love audible books, the next thing to seeing a play, a good narrator is so entertaining. I would listen to anything narrated by Simon Slater. He is fabulous. Simon Slater's voice brings the Rafe to life. hmmm.. Even if you have never been there, you will feel it. As always, his treatment of the other characters is perfect with maybe a need for a little more American girl in Tessa. He does a great German Rudi. Jennifer Ikeda was very good. Her Tessa voice is very believable, clear and pleasant. She was a good choice for the beginning of the book.

If you could take any character from The Color of Light out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Of course, I would take Rafe to dinner, if he would promise not to have me for dinner.

Any additional comments?

Yes, Simon Slater is incorrectly introduced as Simon Slate. Rather insulting.. Correction should have been made. And btw another mistake, rather important, thank god for us North Americans, Rommel was in North Africa, not North America.

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1 out of 5 stars
By harry on 10-07-17


Don't bother was free so I tried it . Ridiculous attempt at weaving vampires, art and the Holocaust . All. Very clumsy

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