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Leonardo the Florentine Audiobook

Leonardo the Florentine

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Publisher's Summary

Who are the Medici brothers? And who is trying to assassinate them? Why was the Pitti Palace never completed? And what part did Leonardo play in all of this? Leonardo da Vinci is remembered as an artist and inventor. But who was he before anyone knew his name? This family-friendly novel explores the history and the legends of his early years in Florence. It also weaves a mystery of politics and power. This novel is the first in the series of historically based novels - The Life and Travels of Da Vinci (followed by Leonardo: Masterpieces in Milan and Leonardo: To Mantua and Beyond).

©2010, 2017 Catherine McGrew Jaime (P)2017 Catherine McGrew Jaime

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    Zoe 05-15-17
    Zoe 05-15-17
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    "About Leonardo"
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    This story felt more like a biography than a fiction. The voice felt distant, as if we were just reading about Leonardo. There were hardly any feelings involved and I just didn’t connect with the characters on any level. Compared to other historical fiction I’ve read, this just felt like a slightly altered biography. Not sure whether this is a fiction or historical nonfiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Audiobookish 05-19-17 Member Since 2017

    I love reading voices!

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    "Learned more than from my old arts teacher!"
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    It was a really interesting experience, this book, and very different from my usual reads. I think one of the best things is that I was able to recognize names but then finally feel like I'd be able to remember them, should the subject arise in the future.

    I liked the flow of the story and how I could follow Leonardo through his initial years. Catherine Jaime's story feels very educational, and David Winograd, the narrator, has a very clear voice which I felt was appropriate. I will certainly continue the series, because I think Leonardo da Vinci is a very interesting artist about whom the general public (myself included) knows very little.

    While I won't ask my tutees to read this book - whatever you try to make kids and teens do backfires, after all - I will tell them about it and recommend it, and hopefully they'll notice how excited I am about this series and then see what the fuss is all about.

    The reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because I liked it, but didn't fall in love with it. I think more details about paints, materials and utensils would have made it for me... but then again, perhaps younger readers would find those details to be too boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie F. 05-12-17
    Leslie F. 05-12-17
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    "Interesting book suitable for all ages"

    I really enjoyed this book, which I got in exchange for my honest review. Leonardo DaVinci has always fascinated me, so learning about his early life and influence really appealed to me. The book is written well in an easy-t0-understand and family-friendly format. After finishing listening to it, I thought I might have my 6- and 7-year-old listen to it, since they have studied him in school. I think this book can be enjoyed by any age. I also thought the narrator did a good job. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 05-11-17
    Emily 05-11-17
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    "Historically Fascinating"
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    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    This was a good book, even though it felt like more of a biography than a historical fiction novel. It was difficult to connect to the people; ie. Leonardo barely talks to one of his friends and instead of feeling sad for him, I just didn't care. It was not an emotionally captivating novel. On the other hand, the historical aspects were fascinating! Learning about Leonardo's early life, the strains between him and his father and his apprenticeship was very interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi 05-10-17
    Sandi 05-10-17 Member Since 2016

    Avid reader/listener - love to discover a little-known GREAT book and tell the world about it!

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    "Little things lead to greatness"
    Would you listen to Leonardo the Florentine again? Why?

    Yes - there are many details to absorb


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting a glimpse into Leonardo's day to day life as a child (apprentice)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where he gets access to books, his desire to read and obtain books, his desire to learn!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes -


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like I was back in grade-school, listening to my teacher read after lunch...and I mean that in the nicest way possible! This was a good story! Give it a couple of hours and enjoy a delightful transport back in time as you think about what little things happens in a life that lead to greatness! I look forward to more Leonardo stories...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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