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Review: The Painter

April 14, 2015

The Painter

Artist Jim Stegner spends some time in jail after shooting (but not killing) a man.  He decides to relocate upon his release and ends up in Colorado where he paints, fishes, and grieves the daughter he adored.  His life is quiet and peaceful until he confronts a man for beating a horse.

I’m sure The Painter by Peter Heller is a great story –  the prose was certainly lovely – but I struggled with it.  I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Mark Deakins and found my mind wandering as I listened to it.  Deakins has a nice voice but I had trouble focusing on it so it may not have been expressive enough for me.  I have a feeling I would have enjoyed Heller’s wonderful writing more in print.  Many of my friends have loved this book so, if it interests you, give it a try!

Listen to an excerpt:

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    April 14, 2015 8:01 am

    I absolutely loved this book in print and in audio. Too bad it didn’t click with you.

  2. April 14, 2015 8:32 am

    I had a hard time with parts of this one too. The narration was ok, but I didn’t like most of the characters, and the story was a bit slow at times. I was so disappointed because I loved Heller’s first book, The Dog Stars.

  3. April 14, 2015 9:44 am

    I enjoyed the book, but still felt The Dog Stars was better. This one to me just read like if Hemingway were a painter. Either way, thanks for sharing! If you’re ever interested in some other awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!

  4. April 14, 2015 9:52 am

    I loved this one too but he is very “meditative” – not a page turner kind of writer!

  5. April 14, 2015 10:19 am

    I loved The Dog Stars and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the heads up about the lackluster audiobook. I’ll read the print edition as I did with The Dog Stars.

  6. Literary Feline permalink
    April 14, 2015 10:43 am

    I have heard good things about this book, but also that not everyone enjoyed it. I imagine if I do read this one, I will read it instead of listening to it. My mind wanders when I listen even when I am enjoying the book. ;-S

  7. April 14, 2015 10:53 am

    I’ve been wanting to read Peter Heller… maybe print is the way to go.

  8. April 14, 2015 1:28 pm

    I find it so frustrating when my mind wanders while listening. So many times I have to go back. Lol. Yet there are some books that do come across better in print.

  9. April 14, 2015 2:00 pm

    There are some fictional books, especially of the literary fiction type, that just don’t work on audio for me. My mind goes everywhere. I had to abandon Crooked Letter for that reason but I can’t wait to pick it up in print because it is very intriguing otherwise.

  10. April 14, 2015 3:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts, Kathy!

  11. Patty permalink
    April 14, 2015 3:47 pm

    Hmmm…this probably is not my kind of book…

  12. April 14, 2015 5:38 pm

    Loved this one in print but it would bore me to tears on audio.

  13. April 14, 2015 7:55 pm

    This sounds like one that should be read on the page

  14. April 14, 2015 8:32 pm

    Audio can be a tough test for books. I find if a book isn’t absolutely riveting, my mind loves to wander and I end up missing whole chunks of prose.

  15. April 15, 2015 8:07 am

    Just by your description of the story it seems I would prefer the print to the audio too.

  16. Diane permalink
    April 15, 2015 9:07 pm

    Kathy, I started the audio last year and grew bored as well. Maybe the print would have been better for us.

  17. April 16, 2015 5:18 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this one. Thanks for the tip on the audio vs. print.

  18. April 18, 2015 5:03 pm

    As I listen to more and more audiobooks I’m so intrigued how some books just don’t seem to work for me as Audiobooks while others work perfectly. This particular book definitely sounds interesting! Sorry that you felt distracted while reading it.

  19. April 19, 2015 11:20 am

    I’ve heard such amazing things about his books, but in general I really struggle with fiction on audio. I have a number of them on my audible account but tend to gravitate toward the nonfiction books instead. Guess I’ll definitely grab this one in print!

  20. The Cue Card permalink
    April 21, 2015 2:30 pm

    Yes. You probably would have liked it more in print. I enjoyed this one last year.
    http://www.thecuecard.com/?s=the+painter

  21. April 21, 2015 8:21 pm

    If it’s s slow moving story I think the audio has an uphill battle.

  22. bookingmama permalink
    April 22, 2015 10:05 pm

    I can’t tell if I would like this one but I’m betting I would enjoy it more in print.

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