Summary

This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the story's told.
In this extraordinary audiobook, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.
In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honoured. 300 years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner.
An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.
As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerises while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.
©2016 Dominic Smith (P)2016 Macmillan Audio USA
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5 out of 5 stars
By bookylady on 06-06-17

Wonderful storytelling

I loved this tale of female artists, forgery, art history and moral dilemmas. The story moves between different time periods and continents and concerns, as its central focus, a painting by a celebrated female painter of the Dutch Golden Age. The painting is to feature in a major art exhibition and the curator of that exhibition is aware of a secret surrounding the canvas, a secret that could destroy her career and destroy more than one life.
Fantastic storytelling, beautifully written and very sympathetic narration.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 16-11-17

An Intriguing story spoiled by inept narration

I wish I had read the novel, rather than listening to this narrator try to imitate Australian and English accents. The English accent was simply a poor stereotype, but the Australian was laughably inept. It slid randomly between South African and Irish(?). This was a major problem, since one of the main characters was Australian and some of the novel was set in Australia. It spoiled the novel for me. Read the book instead, I would suggest.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Caroline on 12-11-16

Distracting appauling "Australian" accent.

What did you like best about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos? What did you like least?

I am so annoyed with the extremely poor "Australian Accent" that Eduardo Ballerini puts on that I have stopped listening in order to put in my first review. I wish he had not done any accents and had just read it with his American one. This is distracting enough for a non-American as it is, but to have an incompetent accent foisted on one while listening is extremely annoying. He seems to think Australians and South Africans/ New Zealanders have a similar accent. I am South African so I know that accent , and I live in AU so I know that one! Please do not let him do any accents again. in fact, it would be nice to have all books read by an English speaking person, rather than an American speaking person.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His total inability to do Australian accents. He did a horrid and bad concoction of South African and New Zealand instead. OH DEAR!!! Give us no accents if not properly done!and give us English actors please.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jacquelyn on 21-02-18

Watch out for the South African Aussie accent

Great story moving back and forward through time. Great art descriptions as part of the narrative. But as an Australian the Australian characters accents were terrible. I had to keep making them South Africans in Australia.

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