Vincent and Theo

by | Read by Philip Fox

Published by Dreamscape Media

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh defined both brothers' lives. As a confidant, champion, sympathizer, and friend, Theo financially and emotionally supported his older brother as the artistic but troubled Vincent struggled to find his path in life as both a painter and a man. Throughout that struggle, the brothers shared everything - swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a meticulously researched tale of those two intertwined lives and the extraordinary love that fueled them.

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Vincent and Theo

Narrator Phil Fox weaves facts and anecdotes with aplomb as he delivers the biographies of brothers Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Fox’s delivery is crisp and precise, a style that goes well with the present-tense writing. The audiobook has the structure of a walk through an art gallery, and Fox helps listeners enter the scenes. This dynamic biography includes imaginative portrayals and quotes from letters, both of which illuminate important moments in the brothers’ lives. Fox’s narration makes the story and its time period clear. In addition, he stresses emotional experiences such as the van Gogh parents’ devotion, Theo’s frustration with Vincent’s eccentricity, the brothers’ shared passion for art, and the many struggles they both have with depression, love, and art. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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