On Color

Narrated by: Robertson Dean
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Our lives are saturated by color. We live in a world of colors, and color marks our psychological and social existence. But for all color's ubiquity, we don't know much about it. Authors David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing offer a fresh and imaginative exploration of one of the most intriguing and least-understood aspects of everyday experience.

Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In 10 wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. This is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to an elusive topic.

Ranging from Homer to Picasso to The Wizard of Oz, this spirited and radiant audiobook awakens us anew to the role of color in our world.

©2018 David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic book!

If you’re interested in etymology and art this sis a great book! Love it how many details are mentioned. And it’s included in audible membership (so it’s free to listen).

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Wow! Great.

As good as non fiction gets. So well written and performed. I have read twice for the details on each color and the literary connection. And Robertson Dean made me feel like I was sitting around a fireplace with curious and beautiful people - made beautiful by their excitement and appreciation.

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Bored

The monotonous tone of the speaker was uninteresting, and I had a hard time ingesting the first chapter.

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Huge Waste off time.

The books takes hours just to say nothing! You hear countless examples of the use of colors.

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  • Lovkush Agarwal
  • 09-01-19

Ok. A pleasant tour of various different topics

Solid reading, but not outstanding. I would recommend this to people who are generally curious. I learnt several interesting anecdotes and facts about physics, politics, etymology, history, philosophy, etc. Best part for me personally is gaining seeds of insights into history of modern art, as the relevance of several famous pieces were discussed.

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  • Hiro
  • 01-22-19

Highly recommended

Any audiobook that talks about visual art is very tricky. Quite often, it loses meaning or impact precisely because of its audio format. Not this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Robertson Dean did a great job as a narrator. Based on seven rainbow spectrum colours, (and white, black, grey), the author gives us a plenty of fascinating stories about this intriguing visual sensation.

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