©1998 by Janet Gleeson, All Rights Reserved, (P)1999 Time Warner AudioBooks; ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
I must admit I bought this book in error as I was in a rush to leave for a flight. The book turned out not to be what I thought, but instead I got one of the most riveting historical books I have ever read. If you have ever been curious about alchemy I can highly recommended this. However, into the bargain you will also find out why porcelain was synonomous with wealth, get an insight into the polital intrigues and wars of 18th century europe and a very human story of the unfortunate protagonist. Don't let the fact that this is in essence the history of the meissen porcelain factory put you off, it is a facinating history! The narration is also excellent.
This little known audio book is superb. One of the most interesting historical audiobooks you'll ever hear. Its a facinating story of the first european to learn to manufacture porcelain and break the Asian monopoly and how the kings of europe fought to control him and his secrets. A very well told story which keeps your interest the whole way through.
Painter, musician, bibliophile...
I had the hardcover book for many years but never got around to reading it, but when I saw David McCallum was narrating the audio edition, I had to try it. As a devotee of both German history and porcelain, I was delighted from start to finish. The personal and political intrigues, alchemical pursuits, and the competition among rogues, artists, and dreamers bring vivid color to what might have been a dry history in the hands of a less gifted storyteller. If you love porcelain, this is a must-read. I wish I hadn't waited so long!
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