• Billion Dollar Painter

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light
  • Di: G. Eric Kuskey
  • Letto da: Jim Meskimen
  • Durata: 9 ore e 29 min

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Billion Dollar Painter

Di: G. Eric Kuskey
Letto da: Jim Meskimen
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The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described "Painter of Light," and the dramatic rise - and fall - of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business.

He was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade ultimately made more money from his art than every other artist in the history of the world combined. His sentimental paintings of babbling brooks, rural churches surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, and idyllic countryside cottages were so popular in the 1990s that it is estimated that one out of every 20 homes in America owned one of his prints. With the help of two partners - a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an ambitious junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman - Kinkade turned his art into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing business that traded on the New York Stock Exchange before it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.

One part fascinating business story about the rise and demise of a financial empire born out of divine inspiration, one part dramatic biography, Billion Dollar Painter is the account of three nobodies who made it big. One was a man who, despite being a devout Christian who believed his artwork was a spiritual force that could cure the sick and comfort the poor in spirit, could not save his art empire - or himself.

G. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time, from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.

©2014 G. Eric Kuskey (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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  • Tyehimba Jahsi
  • 29/04/2015

Excellent Book, Excellently Performed!

So eye-opening. The man's paintings are now ten times more powerful in my mind now that I understand his rise, his struggles, his creative mindset and energy, the role others played in his life and art business, and above all, the contrast between his triumphant artist spirit and inner weaknesses that finally brought him down. Very humbling and enlightening. And the Audible narration was superb!

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  • Julie B
  • 12/11/2014

Very enlightening - pun intended

If you could sum up Billion Dollar Painter in three words, what would they be?

More Tragedy than Triumph

What other book might you compare Billion Dollar Painter to and why?

Can't think of one

Have you listened to any of Jim Meskimen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of. I thought his performance was very good. I don't remember much about it which is what makes it good. What should be remembered is the story, not the narrator. If they can fade into the background, or seem as if the author is talking to you, I think that is a successful narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It just made me sad. What a waste of talent.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed hearing about the life of Thomas Kinkade. I watched his rise and fall but I didn't really know the whole story. I certainly had never heard he was an alcoholic. I thought the fact that the book was written by a friend who saw much of what happened first hand made it a better book. He was able to portray Thomas Kinkade in an honest and sympathetic way. Even if you aren't that familiar with Thomas Kinkade's art it is a story worth telling and listening to. It is sad to say that so many creative people have problems in business and in their personal life.

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  • MSS
  • 15/07/2016

WOW- very good and very bad at the same time

Would you try another book from G. Eric Kuskey and/or Jim Meskimen?

no

What could G. Eric Kuskey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Find an editor, then listened to her. Stop repeating, not only events, but the exact terms and overwrought adjectives used to describe them. Stop writing a non-fiction book in the prosaic language of Steinbeck. It was a pistol in the hands of a toddler. You used omniscient narration in a non-fiction book, in scenes at which you were not even present, describing the inner thoughts and feelings of characters in absurd flowery detail. Stop ignoring redundancy and alliteration: "my empathic pang of the pain...".

Have you listened to any of Jim Meskimen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Very good narration.

Could you see Billion Dollar Painter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Danny McBride

Any additional comments?

This was a very interesting and well structured non-fiction story, but you'll have to sift through a cluttered "swap meet" of silly writing to find it. Virtually no editing seems to have been done. Some motifs were repeated four or five times using the exact same language. The POV flopped from omnisciently describing the inner emotions of a character alone to a suddenly austere, first-person witness blithely unaware of another's motives. The story was good. The audible performance too. But my god, the repetition. And also the repetition. And did I mention the...

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  • Richard W.
  • 30/06/2015

A wonderful telling of a tragic story

The story gives an insider's view of Thomas Kinkade. It was well crafted and I appreciate the story being told by someone who was there rather than someone' account based on news reports and a few interviews. Jim Meskimen is a masterful narrator who conveys a story with clarity and warmth. He is one of the best.

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  • Karen Jaikowski
  • 17/07/2015

Thomas Kinkade the Artist Religious Hypocrite

Wow what a Messed up Artist!!!! A total hypocrite who touted religious paintings yet cheated and ripped off people...The guys who worked with him who preached Christian beliefs partied with him and never stopped him. I more than ever dislike this Artist and cannot understand why his wife even put up with the total lie.

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  • Gr8pnut
  • 26/12/2022

Fascinating and balanced

I admit I downloaded this book with less than generous intentions, coming from a formal art education. The author was a close friend for many years to Thomas Kinkade, and presented both a loving and balanced view of his life and behaviors. I also came away with a better understanding, and more respect for the artwork, which I also admit, would have described as schlocky in the past. The book gave me a lot to think about and I appreciated other views of what Art is all about.

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  • Sandra E Adkins
  • 07/05/2022

Ugh

Hero worship, sugar coated bio full of denial and excuses for making obscene amounts of money from unknowledgeable people

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  • jwj
  • 02/03/2022

Fascinating character study of flawed man

Very insightful. Had no idea the kind of demons Kinkade fought during his career. Definitely a cautionary tale for the dangers of not truly living up to one's ideals (and the destructive power of corporate greed...)

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  • Louis
  • 07/02/2022

Fascinating story needed an editor

This is quite a ride and well performed. Unfortunately the book is sometimes repetitive and meandering. A good editor could have helped it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31/12/2021

The good, bad and ugly.

very good listen. I have been a fan of Kinkade for many years I enjoyed hearing his life story the good, bad and ugly.

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  • RWL
  • 11/01/2023

Well written, well narrated, incredible true story

I'm not a fan of Thomas Kinkade paintings, but this is one of the best books I've listened to about an artist and the business of art. It is a biography by someone who knew the artist well, along with insights into how his company was managed (or mismanaged).

Astounding amounts of money involved, some astoundingly bad management decisions and ultimately tragic (for many people).

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  • Julie Artist
  • 04/03/2018

Review

There are very few audio books I have listened to more than once; I have listened to this three times now. The story is both fascinating and tragic, a story of an artist with great talent and success but also a story of human frailty and self doubt. There were two versions of Thomas Kinkade, the first was the carefully crafted public image and the second one haunted by insecurities and darker thoughts. Thomas Kinkade was the richest and most successful ever living artist yet many people haven’t heard of him. This is a story that proves happiness comes from within, and money and success are only external. Ultimately if you can’t accept yourself life will always be difficult. Despite having it all it wasn’t enough, hard to listen to but well written.