• Woman on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Barr
  • Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,092 ratings)

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Woman on Fire

By: Lisa Barr
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
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Publisher's Summary

“An exuberant and propulsive thriller laced with sex, art, and history. Lisa Barr has created an unforgettable story that forces readers to question where the line should be drawn between the pursuit of justice and the hunt for revenge.” (Alyson Richman, best-selling author of The Secret of Clouds)

From the author of the award-winning Fugitive Colors and The Unbreakables, a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece - forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth.

After talking her way into a job with Dan Mansfield, the leading investigative reporter in Chicago, rising young journalist Jules Roth is given an unusual - and very secret - assignment. Dan needs her to locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier: legendary Expressionist artist Ernst Engel’s most famous work, Woman on Fire. World-renowned shoe designer Ellis Baum wants this portrait of a beautiful, mysterious woman for deeply personal reasons, and has enlisted Dan’s help to find it. But Jules doesn’t have much time; the famous designer is dying.

Meanwhile, in Europe, provocative and powerful Margaux de Laurent also searches for the painting. Heir to her art collector family’s millions, Margaux is a cunning gallerist who gets everything she wants. The only thing standing in her way is Jules. Yet the passionate and determined Jules has unexpected resources of her own, including Adam Baum, Ellis’s grandson. A recovering addict and brilliant artist in his own right, Adam was once in Margaux’s clutches. He knows how ruthless she is, and he’ll do anything to help Jules locate the painting before Margaux gets to it first.

A thrilling tale of secrets, love, and sacrifice that illuminates the destructive cruelty of war and greed and the triumphant power of beauty and love, Woman on Fire tells the story of a remarkable woman and an exquisite work of art that burns bright, moving through hands, hearts, and history.

©2022 Lisa Barr (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Recommended

Gripping from start to finish and does a great job of incorporating different genres and weaving in characters that jump off the page. Very cinematic. Loved the audio of this one, terrifically engaging, I was reading/listening to different formats and ended up sticking with the audio as it was so well done.

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Thrilling mix of history and suspense

This was an amazing book that captured my attention at the prologue. It weaves the history of art stolen by the Nazis into a suspenseful story about the recovery of an art piece coveted by two very different people. It was well written and well narrated. I couldn’t put it down!

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A Melange

Art, fictionalized history, sex, evil, heroes and a well nuanced performance. A satisfying adventurous read/listen.

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An Utter Masterpiece!!

This story had me on the edge of my seats! The characters were vivid and loved the incorporation of suspense with historical fiction! Adored this sensational novel!

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Narrator excellent

When stories contain jumps through time and location and contain multiple characters, it is often difficult for me to keep track on an audible book. This narrator, Carlotta Brendan, was amazing. Her reading made me feel like there were multiple people reading the story. I could follow the plot and easily tell the voice of each character. Amazing!

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Wished I’d read the book instead …

This is an example of how a narrator can ruin a story. Her accents were horrible - one bleeding into another & sometimes showing up as four different accents in the same character. Between that and the Siri-like electronic sound of her voice at times, I was constantly distracted from the story. Her own voice is lovely, but her narration of this book was just plain bad. I recommend the book, but not this audio version.

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in the end I cried

This is the first type of this book that I have read in a long time. The last 2 hours i couldn't put it down.

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Absolutely Awesome!

Fabulous story that took you up and down, twisting and turning like a roller coaster. I would highly recommend!

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Pure enjoyment

Just a really good time! Loved the story with all the twists and turns. The narration with all the accents and different characters was exceptionally well done and very entertaining, it greatly added to the experience.

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Uneven quality

The book is uneven; some of it is fast paced, some of it drags. The characters seemed a bit two-dimensional to my taste. A little to dark at points.

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