What's Bred in the Bone : Cornish Trilogy

  • by Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • Series: Cornish Trilogy
  • 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets. From the well-hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small-town embalmer, an expert art restorer, a Bavarian countess, and various masters of espionage, the events in Francis' life were not always what they seemed.
This wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown is told in stylish, elegant prose and endowed with lavish portions of Davies' wit and wisdom.
Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995) was an internationally acclaimed author, actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of 12 novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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What the Critics Say

"Extraordinary....A gripping story of artistic triumph and heroic deceit, told with deep insight into the worlds of art and international espionage. This work is tailor-made for the eloquence of narrator Frederick Davidson." (Library Journal)
"Davidson's carefully modulated, vocalized reading brings to life the gallery of players in Cornish's world, working together with Davies's rich prose to peel back layer after layer of deceit." (Kliatt)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A book greater than the sum of its words

Excellent book, very well narrated. Couldn't stop listening. Very inspiring for any artist. Beyond the obvious.
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- CMoon

Excellent story and good performance

This is my favourite of all Davies' books, and as an audiobook it is entertaining and very enjoyable. At first I did not like the narration but once the story got underway and the reader started providing voices for the characters, he was excellent.
I'd recommend this very highly.
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- TDJO

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-1999
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.