Ernst Vogler is 26 years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer - the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Fuhrer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job. Things start to go wrong almost immediately. The Italian twin brothers who have been hired to escort Vogler to the border seem to have priorities besides the task at hand - wild romances, perhaps even criminal jobs on the side - and Vogler quickly loses control of the assignment. The twins set off on a dangerous detour and Vogler realizes he will be lucky to escape this venture with his life, let alone his job. With nothing left to lose, the young German gives himself up to the Italian adventure, to the surprising love and inevitable losses along the way. The Detour is a bittersweet novel about artistic obsession, misplaced idealism, detours, and second chances, set along the beautiful back-roads of northern Italy on the eve of war.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
less description and more characterisation that would make me interested in the journey.
Would you ever listen to anything by Andromeda Romano-Lax again?
after listening to this one NO.
Did Dan Butler do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
he did the best he could to make it interesting,
What character would you cut from The Detour?
all of them.
Any additional comments?
there were no reviews on this book when I bought it over a year ago.
I have just looked at the link with amazon where there is only one review. I agree that the description of the statue was good but the rest was boring..