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The Agony and the Ecstasy Audiobook

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

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Publisher's Summary

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. His genius: a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known. Michelangelo Buonarotti, creator of David, painter of the Sistine ceiling, architect of the dome of St Peter's, lives once more in Irving Stone's marvellous book.

©1987 Irving Stone (P)2012 Random House

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    Jimm 04-27-13
    Jimm 04-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Agony and the Ecstasy again? Why?

    Absolutely loved this book. Stone weaves a wonderful story, effectively combining history, biography and fiction. Although I had read the book many, many years ago, listening made me appreciate Michelangelo's work (and that of his contemporaries) even more. Narration was excellent. Overall a must listen for anyone who loves art or wants to learn more about it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-03-13
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a simply wonderful listen..."

    This is trully such a great listen on almost all levels.Its emotional,intellectualy satisfying,historicly wonderous,spiritual.ect.ect...Also I strongly disagree with the reviews trashing the narrator.I found him wonderful and even hunted for other books he's read...this realy is a great audiobook...enjoy.

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    Jim 02-21-13
    Jim 02-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, great story, very good reader"
    Where does The Agony and the Ecstasy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, I'm and artist and I've listened to The Agony and The Ecstasy for years on books on tape, but tapes wore out so I ordered the audio book and am very pleased with it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much I identify with Michelangelo, the only difference between us is that he was a genius and a great artist, I'm not a genius and I'm only a good artist, also the historical significance.


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

    Feeling and emotion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    After Michelangelo finished the Pieta' and his friends helped him place it, he later came back and put his name on it. The most moving part of the book to me was when he rode away. He had completed one of the greatest pieces of art ever conceived and there was no one there. He and his few friends were the only ones who knew what he had accomplished. I cry every time I get to this part in this wonderful story. I have a tear in my eye right now.


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    Emilee PALMYRA, NY, United States 11-26-12
    Emilee PALMYRA, NY, United States 11-26-12
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    "Works well"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it speaks clearly, pronounces things right, and is at a good pace.


    Any additional comments?

    Good audio book. You just need to focus on listening because it is very long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Smith East Lansing, MI USA 03-24-17
    Adam Smith East Lansing, MI USA 03-24-17 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent book; excellent narration"

    A must listen to biography. It's accurate to the life of M and very well narrated. The novel adds depth and fills out the humanity of M's life and times with speculative dialogue.

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    nanci france-vaz Atlantic Highlands, NJ 02-21-17
    nanci france-vaz Atlantic Highlands, NJ 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "love this book!"
    Would you listen to The Agony and the Ecstasy again? Why?

    I already have....fantastic for me as I am painter of classical realism. Inspiring!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michaelangelo and Lorenzo de medici....a tie! Michaelangelo's passion to be the best that he could be and his level of perfection was so inspiring for me as I sometimes think I ruin things as I try to be perfect in my own paintings. His dedication to standing his ground to his beliefs and did whatever it took to learn and be the best of his ability is a lesson for all of us in the 21st century! Lorenzo...wish he could be my mentor. His respect for art and humanist behavior is a much needed trait for people today. His philanthropy to artists reminds me of a teacher I was lucky enough to have. Lorenzo...being a patron of the arts for the humanism and level of quality and creativity in art forms made me wish I could have been in the Medici house under his mentorship.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    His understanding of the humanist character and the passion of an artist is very obvious in the tone of his voice. His tones make Michaelangelo not a god but a normal human being that was sensitive to to love and intentional hurt towards his being. I hope to listen to Arthur Money again, and I have rewound this book to hear his performance again. There is not one inflection or tone between the characters he portrays that seems in authentic.


    If you could take any character from The Agony and the Ecstasy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Michaelangelo...to pick his brain about anatomy, action and passvity of the gestural action of the human body. Also, I would love to ask him how one such as he could not eat, shower, and what was the driving force that kept him inspired like a fire under his belly no matter what happened to him in life.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite story besides Carravaggio!

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    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 02-19-17
    Sharon Seattle, WA USA 02-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    The dialogue is so, so contrived. The story drags. Would rather read a legitimate biography without the strained drama. Was nifty when I read this decades ago. Has paled since then. A truly dated book.

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    Stephen Jin 02-04-17
    Stephen Jin 02-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I can feel the tears of joy in my heart"

    This is only of the most beautiful books I've ever read. It's one that will have its second and third.

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    Tom P. 10-13-16
    Tom P. 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story of a great man!"

    A delight to the ears and imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspect of this audio book. I'm sad it's over.

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    Ronald 10-07-16
    Ronald 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life Changing!"

    "The Agony and the
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    John Paul Luke Michelangelo, Thanks you Audible Books. JPLMA

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