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  • 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
    (1050)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (905)

    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"
    "This book is a jewel, the narration is a diamond!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Swerve in three words, what would they be?

    This is a fascinating and serendipitous tapestry of history and storytelling, garnished with interesting and intriguing details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Indeed, it has made me interested in more books like this, and books by this author, and this narrator.


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

    By following and focusing centrally on the story of one intriguing book/scroll and mainly one specific person, the book finder...he embroiders history and details weaving them to a exquisite tapestry as a whole.


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

    Absolutely nothing was wrong, this was a flawless narration!


    Any additional comments?

    Edoardo Ballerini’s narration of The Sweve is so beautifully articulated, so melodious and intelligently faceted, it is like listening to a diamond!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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