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Leonardo da Vinci Audiobook

Leonardo da Vinci

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the acclaimed best sellers Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs delivers an engrossing biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the world's most creative genius.

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.

Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

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©2017 Walter Isaacson (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    "Isaacson uncovers Leonardo, Molina is great"

    Isaacson is a master, and does it again, succinctly conveying what made Leonardo such a change force in human history. I have to defend narrator Alfred Molina, as I saw one review that said the listener didn't care for his narration - I found him thoroughly enjoyable and made this an easy listen.
    As most of us do, if I don't know the narrator I listen to the sample to see if I can stand the narrator, and will skip the audiobook if I don't care for the narrator. With this book, the audio sample is Isaacson reading the introduction, at least for the first few minutes I listened. It would be better if the sample used was Molina, as we could judge for ourselves. As with art, each narrator is a personal preference.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mistress Amanita Monterey, CA United States 10-19-17
    Mistress Amanita Monterey, CA United States 10-19-17 Member Since 2006
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    "The audio version is great!"

    Alfred Molina, the reader, is a reasonably well-known actor (Chocolat, etc). Born in London, his mother was Italian and his father, Spanish. He speaks both languages. So, if you appreciate good pronunciation of Italian words, you won’t be disappointed!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 10-18-17
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    "Avoid the audible"

    I was excited when I started to listen to the great narration until chapter one started and I realized the author had done the great intro. The book narrator was disappointing. A British narrator with fake italian pronunciation of Leonardo and every Italian word reminded me of the David Sedaris story about “nicarrrraaaggguuuua”. Annoying. Selective but not all words given their native pronunciation Isaacson should have narrated the whole thing. I’m sure it’s a great book. Will have to get a paper copy.

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    Ty Brady 10-17-17
    Ty Brady 10-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "It's a book by Walter Isaacson, just buy it!!"

    It's a book by Walter Isaacson, just buy already, you will not be disappointed!!!
    Disclaimer: No, I did not have time to listen to it yet. I shamelessly wanted to leave the first review. But it's a book by Walter Isaacson, so it will be a fantastic book. I own several of his other books and they were all great.

    11 of 155 people found this review helpful

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