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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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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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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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A bit too scientific/philosophic... A bit dry

I was hoping to learn something useful about color as an artist... Maybe the psychology of color or something about color experiments and how color can be applied to healing, mood control, marketing, to create appeal etc... In other words I was looking for something practical. The book is very theoretical and complex... It sounds like a university course to me, and is presented in a similar way. I only heard the first 3 chapters because I lost interest. Performance is also uninspiring

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Nice Addition to Vast Array of Books About Color

Color is a broad topic that can be approached in a variety of ways. This results in a lifetime of enjoyable reading. DSK's book is current, informative, thought-provoking, and Robertson Dean's narration is excellent.

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About the meaning we give to colors

Very interesting stories about how humans perceive and interpret colors, how some colors even formed our history.
Don't expect anything on physics, biology or anything like that.
Overall I found it very enjoyable

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LOVE

Loved the reading of the amazing words! I zoomed through it so quickly! Couldn’t stop listening :)

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informative in its composure but dry

although this is a highly informative book on the subject , it's sometimes heavy to listen to and oveall has a bit starchy feel to it .

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Excellent contemporary art theory

I was apprehensive going into this book, but do you contemporary references, cultural relevance, an explanation of historical context were excellent! A must read for any art teacher, student, designer. I can’t wait to reread this one!

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Unique take on color

This book is well read. It has the most interesting section of references about color that has nothing to do with color and yet everything to do with color that I have ever seen.

I will probably listen to it again, looking up the references he makes to different art times an artist.

Overall definitely worth my time and listen to straight away

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  • 10-04-21

informative and fascinating

great insights and facts with a very pleasant voice leading you through the spectrum journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-21

A waste of time

Violets aren't blue
Roses aren't red
Colors arn't real
It's all in your head

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  • Ms. L. J. Pantrey
  • 08-29-21

Preferred Kassia St Clair

The reading is robotic and the 'story' devoid of passion about the subject matter.

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  • M Robinson
  • 07-30-21

Interesting subject, monotonous delivery

Concise compilation of everything you might like to know about colour. This book covers; the scientific basics of colour and light; the historical prominence of colours; international meanings attributed to colours; cultural, literary and artistic uses of colour; and so much more.

I did find the narrator monotonous and dreary, but you can't have everything.

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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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