History Brought Beautifully to Life
"I tend to get bored with most straight history, but a historical novel based on real lives? Sign me up! Between the author's scrupulous attention to detail and the voice actor's performance, "The Velveteen Daughter" is a novel worth hearing. You'll feel as if you've embodied both mother and daughter and you'll want to take this journey, where the two of them grapple with art, genius, madness and intimate family relationships. Toss in visits with Pablo Picasso and Eugene O'Neill and you've got a unique view into a slice of history that would have gotten lost without the author's attention. I often felt as if the writing itself was exactly like a piece of visual art, full of color and movement and meaning, as if I'd fallen inside a painting and was seeing it from the inside out. Incredible! If you like history, art, madness and terrific writing and narration, give this one a listen."