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Linda

I love listening to books while driving, even short drives. I can learn, or be transported. I have become a calmer driver through books.

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  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna.

    Richard says: "Don't go to Italy without reading this!"
    "A Must Listen before going to Florence, Italy"
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    What did you love best about The Agony and the Ecstasy?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Agony and the Ecstasy?

    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.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Agony and the Ecstasy and why?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor, if you have any interest in Italy and art? Listen to Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstacy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3582)
    Performance
    (3233)
    Story
    (3254)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Interesting book of fiction, Claire Danes is Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Handmaid's Tale the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    How all the different characters handled the situations they were suddenly in was interesting.


    What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

    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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