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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.

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    me, mara 07-12-16
    me, mara 07-12-16

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    "Going to Italy"

    Each morning I would leave my house with my dog for a long walk listening to this book. I would announce to my family 'I'm going to Italy.' it was wonderful listening to the thoughts that Michelangelo might have had about all of his pieces. I listened to it on my phone so as I would walk I would Google about the different pieces that he was working on. I felt as if I was back in Italy two years before when I had gone for my first time. a lovely way to create & spend a vacation without actually going anywhere.

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    Abigail Neville 06-20-16
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    "Sublimely Uplifting"

    Stone has with convincing argument knitted together the known elements of the life of Michelangelo with thoughtful surmise. The book is as much a 'how to' for sculptors and artists as it is a lesson in human perseverance and the obligation and passionate embrace that great talent brings with it.

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    Debra Terry Lawrence, KS 05-16-16
    Debra Terry Lawrence, KS 05-16-16 Member Since 2011

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    "absolutely impossible to put down!!!"

    I got this because I love renaissance art and I'm fairly fond of the movie inspired by this book. This is a thousand times better. The story of Michaelangelo 's life is one of so much conflict and passion and the narration fits to a T. This is a must have book for any art lover.

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    Scott Lonsway 04-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic story"

    I felt like I was there with him. A masterful work of literature that stands the test of time.

    Bravo

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    angela george 04-11-16
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    "Mama Mia!"

    If you have an interest in art or history, you must get this most enjoyable book. Although it seemed daunting to think about all the hours I would spend listening to 134 chapters, they flew by as I accomplished more carvings in less time than I imagined.....following the agonies and ecstasies of one of the most brilliant artists ever to live in this most artistically prolific period of time in history.
    Irving Stone was such an accomplished author. I only wish Audible would make more of his books available.

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    michael 03-13-16
    michael 03-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "In-Depth Perfection!"

    Don't view any piece created by Michelangelo before reading this book. A new vision and understanding will accompany your experience the next time you view a Michelangelo sculpture, painting, or building.

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