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  • Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jennifer Homans
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    For more than 400 years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. A ballerina dancing The Sleeping Beauty today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to 16th-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps and gestures are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed.

    Paul Krasner says: "Was sad when it ended"
    "Better than you think!"
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    Would you listen to Apollo's Angels again? Why?

    Yes. The history of Europe told in this book was a surprise. I'd like to review it all!! And recently we had the privilege of hearing and seeing the author tell her story in person. She made the book come alive in her demonstration of steps and reasons why and how they progressed with time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was not about just ballet. It was a surprise saga of the progress and influence made on theatrical performance starting at square one! I found the social impact of "The Dance" in early European times fascinating, learning about royal and male dominance and social implication of dance in the early periods, how marriages between the French and Italian monarchy influenced theater, opera and dance. It was more or less personal stories of the players involved. MUCH more interesting than I ever imagined!


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She sounded like she had written the book herself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was on a list of books to be read for a Writer's Conference we attended and I put off reading it, thinking I wasn't interested. Then, when I finally downloaded and listened to the book, I was totally fascinated, as was my husband! There is much more to this saga than you'd think!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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