• The Didomenico Fragment

  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: John Lithgow
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,783 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility comes a stylish and alluring new story about art, money, and a precious family heirloom - brought magically to life by the beloved voice of six-time Emmy-winner John Lithgow. 

Like many well-to-do Upper East Siders over the age of 65, esteemed art appraiser Percival Skinner had planned to spend his retirement living off his savings. But a market correction has left him living below his prior means. One day he’s visited by a dapper fixer in search of a famous work by the Renaissance master Giuseppe Didomenico. Skinner knows the work well: The original was owned by his ancestor, and was passed down through his family over the generations. If, as an intermediary, he can coordinate a sale, a small fortune awaits. Problem is, he might not be the only one on the make. 

Told with the quixotic energy of a classic Henry James tale and the gleeful absurdity of drawing-room comedy, this playful and effortlessly heartwarming story from one of America’s most gifted writers is a welcome reminder that sometimes what we find is more valuable than what we are looking for.  

©2020 Amor Towles (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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About the Creator

Amor Towles is the author of New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. His short stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, and Vogue. Having worked as an investment professional for more than 20 years, Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Photo by Dmitri Kasterine

About the Performer

John Lithgow’s celebrated career began on the stage. Weeks after he made his 1973 Broadway debut in David Storey’s The Changing Room, he won his first Tony Award. Since that promising beginning, he has performed on Broadway more than 20 times, with iconic roles in M. Butterfly, The Front Page, Sweet Smell of Success (for which he won his second Tony Award), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He’s been nominated for more than ten Emmy Awards and has won six, for unforgettable performances including his portrayals of Winston Churchill on The Crown, serial killer Arthur Mitchell on Dexter, and alien High Commander Dick Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Lithgow’s extensive television work has also won him two Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, an American Comedy Award, and a Critics' Choice Television Award. A two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor (The World According to Garp, Terms of Endearment), he is also an accomplished painter and the author of the memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, and several best-selling children’s books.

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enchanting

to all who produced this audible performance and the marvelous author Amor Towles...what a wonderful time I have just listening to this grand little story! thank you so much for making my day so much better. completely enchanted with the music and Mr Lithgow's marvelous narration. you all just really made my day! and now I want lots more just like it!!!
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Super fun, witty, and you learn something about art!

John Lithgow's reading of this short story is a perfect accompaniment to the art history. Good story and great ending! You'll be laughing and learning at the same time!

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Towels + Lithgow = PERFECTION

A superb gem of story, performed with nuance by the world's greatest narrator. Highly recommended.

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Wonderful, but a wee bit too negative for me

It’s just his humor- denigrating everyone from cowboys to vegans. It is humorous at first but irritated me a bit by the end. Sarcasm as wit. But overall I really enjoyed it, especially because it was brief, and so recommend it.

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Delightful

Favorite author narrated by a venerable actor,what could be more enjoyable? Highly recommend you pour a cup of tea and enjoy the story.

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I wish this were longer

But really, it’s just perfect as a short story. Happy but not sappy. Educational but not pedantic. I just loved it. And there is no better narrator than John Lithgow.

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The story and the performance were both wonderful and entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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A Gentle, Refined Amusement

Two hours in the company of an aging man of New York; I felt as if I was hearing this tale over dinner in the company of an old, distant, very interesting friend. Marvelous!

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Beautiful story

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  • 09-07-22

Short and so sweet

A cheery title, greatly enjoyed, quite the Gentleman in NYC - narration is pitch perfect!

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  • YellowDeeBee
  • 08-09-22

It’s a gift read by the great John Lithgow

This is a smooth and amusing easy little short. The knowing narrator expertly played by the wonderful Lithgow. And for nothing - a gift!

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  • 08-08-22

So ironic

The story was so ironic, so well done. I gave a little laugh after it was complete.
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  • 08-05-22

a delightful story

What a wonderful treat! Elegant and entertaining with a dry humour. Excellent narration by John Lithgow.

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  • 07-18-22

loved it

loved it. John lithgow is perfect and set just the right tone, very amusing

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  • Mrs. Marilyn E. Miller
  • 06-28-22

Good story, beautifully read.

I thought this was a most amusing and entertaining performance by John Lithgow of a beautifully crafted long short-story by Amor Towles. Worldly, money-oriented (Uncle) Percival Skinner is hoist on his own petard by the moral and aesthetic aspirations of a ten year old. Wonderful!

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  • 06-17-22

Supercilious male nonsense...

where old women are castigated, "little men" are ridiculed and old men are lauded.

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  • 05-31-22

Very dull story

What A total waste of time. This was such an uninteresting story. Don’t bother listening.

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  • 05-31-22

Slow delivery and seems to go nowhere for ages.

I tried and tried, but it never seems to get going. An hour in for the second time and I still have no idea.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Lithgow excels in a tale on par with Henry James

a thoroughly pleasant way to spend an hour or so, this louche and charming tale of a loveable retired art man mining his contacts list for one last slice of the art pie has the hallmark of the Aspern Papers but brought up to date in modern Manhattan. It's witty, culturally high minded and if that's your thing will leave you with a smile on your face

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  • Layla Sacker
  • 08-24-22

A joy to listen to

This was a delight . John Lithgow as narrator was brilliant … giving the text such added pleasure . It was wonderful . Amor Towles is a marvelous storyteller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-22

Brilliant

Having enjoyed every word of A Gentleman in Moscow, I was very happy to find this short story on audible. John Lithgow personifies the protagonist and reads with such enjoyment. I loved this and am now hunting for the next Amor Towles.

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  • Tim L
  • 05-30-22

A wonderfully whimsical tale

I loved A Gentleman in Moscow, and this short story captured my imagination just as well. Amor Towles is a first rate storyteller. John Lithgow brought it to life in the most delightful way. The twist at the end is beautifully delivered.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Brilliant

This is an awesome short story written with such a wry and clever narrative voice. The voice work of John Lithgow is outstanding too. Towels creates these wonderful personas that are aristocratic, yet still likeable. Not an easy feat in today’s literary landscape. Loved it!

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  • Robert
  • 03-02-22

Great story

This was a lovely story and wonderfully read by John Lithgow. I really enjoyed it.

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  • virginia w.
  • 10-13-21

The Didomenico Fragment is a little gem.

An ingenious, engaging story. It is unmistakably Amor Towles.
a wonderful reading by John Lithgow.

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  • neerav
  • 09-23-21

Great narration

A pleasant way to spend an hour and 47 minutes, John Lithgow is an excellent narrator and the perfect choice to tell this tale about art, history and scheming plans

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  • Hayley
  • 09-18-21

Pure fun

This was a joy to listen to. Uncle Percy as a character was larger than life, similar to the Count in A Gentleman in Moscow. I was beaming from ear to ear throughout the incredible narration done by John Lithgow. Art, character, excellent prose and delivered all in a short story.