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The Modigliani Scandal Audio Download – Abridged

3.4 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 2 hours and 39 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 Dec. 1999
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Y5OM5S
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I am a Ken Follett fan, but I do not recommend this early sample of his writing. A very hard book to read far to many characters. Stick to his latest books all of which have been good reads.
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I love Ken Follets work, and I think a 1 star rating is a little unfair for this book! Of the Ken's I have read this is the worst, BUT it is still a good story and the characters are well defined. If Ken Follet had written only this book and nothing else then this discussion would not be taking place - in it's own right it is A GOOD READ!
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This is a very good read. It is a very early Follett and better than Paper Money. Follett soon perfected his art and starting banging out classics. But I still believe this book is much better than a lot of other authors bests efforts. For me, Follett's best works include The Key to Rebecca, Pillars and The Man from St Petersburg.
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This is clearly an early book by Follett and a fairly short one by his standards. The story centres on the art world and the attempts to create a forgery which is supposedly a lost Modigliani work. It's a complicated plot which becomes clear towards the end. It's a good story - not one of his best by a mile, but an enjoyable read all the same.
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"The Modigliani Scandal," was originally published in the United Kingdom in 1976 by Ken Follett, international bestselling British author, under the pseudonym Zachary Stone. It was republished, with an introduction by its now famous author, in 1985. It's a light-hearted suspense thriller, only novella length, obviously an early effort by the author who would make his name soon afterward with the famous spy thriller Eye of the Needle , (made into a very good movie of the same name). And then The Key to Rebecca, also made into a movie of the same name. Then the writer would make his name again with the extraordinary non-fiction On Wings of Eagles. Then he made his name again in historical fiction in 1989 with the huge hit series, THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, set in twelfth century England. And now he's moved onto the twentieth century with The CENTURY TRILOGY series. But this early novella-length effort of his has, meanwhile, been found and republished. Though it's doubtful it would have been had he not become such a worldwide publishing phenomenon.

The Modigliani Scandal concerns a legendary "lost masterpiece" by Modigliani, famous and much-loved Italian/Jewish 20th century modern artist - he who drew all those thin, elongated figures. This one is supposedly hidden away somewhere in picturesque Italy.
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I'm a massive Ken Follett fan but this was a real let down. If this was submitted to a publisher by John Smith it would be rejected quicker than you could say 'slush pile.' I plodded on for a few chapters despite it boring me to tears and sending me to sleep a couple of times and I did it for Ken's sake. The worse kind of publishers cashing in on a name and ripping readers off. Don't waste your money.
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As is normal for Ken Follett, he shows a lot of knowledge of his subject and in this book makes it easy to imagine the shadier side of Art Dealership. More amusing than his usual style, and a little lighter to read, but the same intrigue and excitement.
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If, like me, you are a fan of Ken Follett you will have to read this book. The theme is a light romp through the author's perception of the art world of the 1970s. There are forgeries, a robbery a mystery and, of course, a missing masterpeice. The story dodges and weaves and eventually comes to a neat, if rather unconvincing, exclusion with no real harm done to anyone. OK, it's only his early work but already Follett displays a hint of the genius that was to come. This book would definitely make the basis of a brilliant TV drama mini series.
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