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James

Noumea, New Caledonia | Member Since 2012

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  • Leonardo and the Last Supper

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Milan, 1496 and 44-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For 18 months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become The Last Supper, a complex mural that took three years to complete on a surface 15 feet high by 20 feet wide. He had never attempted a painting so big, and had no experience with fresco.

    Jean says: "Fascinating"
    "Wonderful, insightful and thoroughly engaging"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Going into the world and mind of Leonardo da Vinci was a glorious experience. From the technical difficulty of painting on wet plaster to the upheavals of Italian politics at the time. This story covers a lot of ground. And covers it extremely well.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're interested in History and Art then I think this is a book you'll really enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
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    (658)
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    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Amazing. Simply incredible on every front."
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    Okay - I'm a little biased. I dance to an Epicurean drum. But this story has it all. If you've in the slightest bit interested in how a Roman poem, referencing Epicurus, written 100 years before Christ can sum up our 'modern scientific' view of life, the universe and everything, then this is your book.

    I'm still buzzing about the wealth of ideas in this book. I'm getting "On The Nature Of Things' straight away.

    Simply put this book is a gem. Plant a shovel and dig up the precious stuff inside.

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