Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2010
DD ISBN 9780307735867 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2010
CD ISBN 9780307735874 $45.00 Eight CDs
Wittman's account of working undercover for the FBI to recover stolen art is a treasure trove of fascinating, well-told, and informative stories. One learns a great deal about famous art heists and the techniques of undercover investigation. As an audio experience, however, the production sounds a little too adept to be fully satisfying. Wittman worked with co-author Shiffman, and his text has a professional sheen that, chapter by chapter, comes to seem repetitive. Mark Deakins, too, though a skilled narrator, doesn't engage the listener with a distinctive tone, rhythm, or personality for the text, or its protagonist. His pace at times is too rapid for the material, and this also contributes to a sense of flatness. Still, these are not daunting weaknesses, and many will enjoy Wittman's tales of great art looted and recovered. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2010]
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