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Grantley

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  • The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jerry Brotton
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this wide-ranging exploration of the Renaissance, Jerry Brotton shows the period as a time of unprecedented intellectual excitement, cultural experimentation, and interaction on a global scale, alongside a darker side of religion, intolerance, slavery, and massive inequality of wealth and status. Brotton skillfully guides us through the key issues that defined the Renaissance period, from its art, architecture, and literature, to advancements in the fields of science, trade, and travel.

    Grantley says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    A real cornucopia of original insights into the Renaissance. Brotton's interest in the relationship between the West and the Islamic world is a particularly strong feature of his work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tragic History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus

    • UNABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Christopher Marlowe
    • Narrated By Frank Silvera
    Overall
    (4)
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    (2)
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    Christopher Marlow's play based on the Faust story of a man selling his soul to the devil, has fascinated and divided critics throughout the ages since its first performance in Elizabethan England. The central character's thirst for knowledge and power throws up essential questions of morality, life and death. Compulsive listening as this exceptionally brilliant play of verse and prose is finely executed by Frank Silvera and cast.

    Sean says: "Great value on a rare recording"
    "I guess a bit of Marlowe is better than none"
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    Judging from the surface noise it sounds like this recording was taken from an old LP from the 1950s. The heavy abridgement is probably due to the time-constraints of a vinyl disc. The style of acting and the in-studio sound effects will almost certainly strike modern listeners as somewhat old-fashioned, but this remains a wonderful play, even if what is presented here is only a fragment of the complete text.

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