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
This is the Gold Standard - a perfect combination of learning & entertainment.
Arthur Morey is the perfect "voice" for Irving Stone's epic work - just the way I would expect Michelangelo to speak. I was truly sad when I got to the end of this audiobook...
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I love this way of telling a biography – like a novel. It’s so much more pleasant to read than the traditional layout of: “on this date this event happened, and then on that date the other part was done, and then on this date that contract was signed”… I am going to remember the story of Michealngelo’s life much better thanks to this format. Of course, being a biographical novel, one must assume that there is a little fictional embellishment going on here and there, but I think it just makes the “bigger truer parts” more absorbable.
The book was a little on the long side, so I can’t tell you that I was riveted to every word, but I still got a lot out of it; I learned so much about the man that I think I have new appreciation and better understanding of his art.
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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.
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.
Yes, it speaks clearly, pronounces things right, and is at a good pace.
Good audio book. You just need to focus on listening because it is very long.
This book is a marvel , I felt transported back in time and into the mind and heart of Michelangelo and the culture which shaped him .
I will look upon his works with whole new eyes and wonder. Highly recommend .
Preparing for a trip to Italy this is a wonderful introduction to the great Michelangelo. The story is well written and the narrative is extremely well-done keeping you engaged throughout the entire unabridged addition.
I'm looking forward to my visit to Florence and Rome to relive some of this story.
I cannot believe I never read The Agony and The Ecstasy. Arthur Morey did an excellent narration. He gave life to Michelangelo as Michelangelo gave life to Sculpture. I hope that Random House produces the rest of Irving Stone's books onto audio. And now I must finally go to Florence and Rome!
I'm a big fan of historical fiction. This book impressed me on all levels. The beauty of the words and the fascinating story of Michelangelo's life blended to create a wonderful tale of this great artist.
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