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Learning about the history of Michelangelo, and his brilliant works. Also, the history of the different parts, that now as a whole, make todays Italy. It really made the difference in my appreciation for the art, as well as having some understanding of the surroundings in the various areas in Italy. I many times could hardly believe that Michelangelo was in the same Duomo I was in during my 2013 trip.
My other half said it was a must read before our trip, and I'm so glad he did. He was right!
There are so many, I could never limit it to one. Just his whole life was amazing, and how he evolved as an artist. How he was driven from within to be a sculptor, he was possessed by who he knew he was before he even touched his first piece of marble. Yet later in life he appreciated all he had to go through and learn to be a great sculptor. It's an amazing timeless story for any interest in the artists of Italy. Listening to this book got me through it much faster.
He was great at giving each character a personality recognizable by his various voices, subtle differences, yet very easily differentiated. He also helps in understanding how to pronounce signs and words, that you often come across while visiting Italy. I loved listening to his story telling.
Michelangelo was the star, he was a brilliant artist, and lived at a time surrounded by other brilliant artists. Thank God for his tenacity. He left us so much to admire, love, and appreciate. From listening to The Agony and the Ecstacy before my trip to Italy, my trip was alive from past to present. There were times I could actually feel Michelangelo's energy. It was an awesome trip!
Do yourself a favor, if you have any interest in Italy and art? Listen to Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstacy.
Claire Dane's awesome way of telling the story. The story is interesting, thank God fiction, and makes you think. Claire Danes kept me listening, even in the beginning when I hadn't actually been drawn in by the story yet. Once I was into the book, I was invested in picturing Ms. Danes in the situations the main character was going through.
How all the different characters handled the situations they were suddenly in was interesting.
Claire Danes was excellent in reading the book with interest. She made subtle or dramatic changes in voice to bring the various characters to life. She is excellent at her job, and easy to listen to.
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