Michael Finkel narrates the opening of this memorable portrait of Stéphane Breitwieser, the sly European thief who pilfered nearly $2 billion in art objects--treasures he and his girlfriend hoarded in his mother's attic. Finkel's investigative role provides context and perspective, while narrator Edoardo Ballerini performs his customary magic, enhancing the narrative's strengths and minimizing its shortcomings. Breitwieser's story is dramatic, highly cinematic, but ultimately sad. The thief evolves into a compulsive loser, and the narrative slides toward a dead end. Here one appreciates Ballerini's skill and artistry, which sustain momentum over the sloughs. Here, too, one appreciates the author's return to acknowledge the many curators, investigators, and journalists who generously assisted him, leaving us with the story's focus on recovery and restoration, rather than loss. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2023]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780593741696 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2023
DD ISBN 9780593741702 $57.00
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