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The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo | [Irving Stone]

The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

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.
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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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    HBT Thyborøn, Denmark 09-16-13
    HBT Thyborøn, Denmark 09-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Stone, Morey & Michelangelo - a perfect synergy."
    Where does The Agony and the Ecstasy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the Gold Standard - a perfect combination of learning & entertainment.


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    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-23-13
    Simone 06-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "What A Life!"

    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.

    Can’t wait to see them again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jimm 04-27-13
    Jimm 04-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this book"
    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.


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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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    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.


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    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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    Sam 07-12-15
    Sam 07-12-15
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    "The marvelous Michelangelo"

    Wonderfully written story about of Michelangelo. It thoroughly whets the appetite to see his works in person and glimpse the handiwork that was his agony and ecstasy. I can't wait to see it in person. But what a long book!!

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    Jim Boise, ID, USA 07-09-15
    Jim Boise, ID, USA 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrific!"

    I really enjoyed learning about Michelangelo Buonarroti. This books brings to life the vastness of his work and his genius. It's a long book but well worth it.

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    Chris Coyne 06-14-15
    Chris Coyne 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The masterpiece about the maker of masterpieces"

    This was one the greatest biography I have ever read. Michalangelo was the greatest artist ever, and I liked listing to his story. Irving Stone did a wonderful job with this book. The narrator was wonderful to.

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    M. Diamond 05-29-15
    M. Diamond 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Transported"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 .


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    Lowrey's 05-21-15
    Lowrey's 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story, very well done"

    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.

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