Headlong: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Michael Frayn

Narrated By: Frederick Davidson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: June 2010

Duration: 11 hours 18 minutes

Summary:

An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art's elusive Old Masters.

Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.

"Art historians will rejoice over the subject matter and the intricate descriptions of the paintings and their provenance....[Davidson's] vocal changes bring forth believable characters with pleasing sounds."-AudioFile

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  • Anonymous

    I knew very little about 16th century Dutch art - now I know a bit more, and had a great time learning it. Very real characters in a situation that quickly spirals out of their control. You have to laugh, even as you wince at some of Martin's decisions -

  • Gilma Chute

    The voice of the reader was not the best, but it will grow on you. The story is engaging, funny and well written. The characters are well developed. It is one to the entertaining novels I had read in long time.