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    • The Disaster Artist

    • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
    • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
    • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,425
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,905
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,879

    Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You Have to Listen to This Book!

    • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Daily Rituals

    • How Artists Work
    • By: Mason Currey
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,334
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,125
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,130

    Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing else like this one

    • By Debra B on 10-23-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Lives of the Artists

    • By: Giorgio Vasari
    • Narrated by: Neville Jason
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    An Italian Mannerist architect and painter, Giorgio Vasari was acquainted with many of the most famous artists of his day. He is best-known today for his biographies of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and Giotto. This recording is read with clarity and authority by Neville Jason.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent if the music was removed.

    • By MistyKat on 01-17-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • 33 Artists in 3 Acts

    • By: Sarah Thornton
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 137
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      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton's beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. She meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting, not engaging read

    • By Charles Olivier de Vezin on 04-23-15

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Portrait of an Artist

    • A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe
    • By: Laurie Lisle
    • Narrated by: Grace Conlin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 154
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the most original painters America has ever produced, left behind a remarkable legacy when she died at the age of 98. Her vivid visual vocabulary, sensuous flowers, bleached bones against red sky and earth, had a stunning, profound, and lasting influence on American art in this century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb biography and reader

    • By Tony on 04-15-07

    Regular price: $25.17

    • The Lives of the Artists

    • By: Giorgio Vasari, Julia Conway Bondanella - Translated by, Peter Bondanella - Translated by
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term "Renaissance", was the first to outline the influential theory of Renaissance art that traces a progression through Giotto, Brunelleschi, and finally the titanic figures of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Daniel on 05-17-19

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Lives of the Artists

    • Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)
    • By: Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated by: John C. Brown, Melissa Hughes
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 121
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      4 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 51

    From DaVinci to Rembrandt, van Gogh to Matisse, and Picasso to Warhol, you'll learn about both their artistic masterpieces and their personal messes. Fun and lighthearted, yet full of solid information, trivia, and provocative commentary, Lives of the Artists presents objective, 3-dimensional biographies of the world's great artists.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating!

    • By L. Worthington on 01-06-04

    Regular price: $9.07

    • Daybook: The Journey of an Artist

    • By: Anne Truitt
    • Narrated by: Anne Truitt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    A classic work for artists of all kinds, about reconciling the call of creative work with the demands of daily life and narrated by Anne Truitt herself. Renowned American artist Anne Truitt kept this illuminating and inspiring journal over a period of seven years, determined to come to terms with the forces that shaped her art and life. Within its beautifully written pages, you will come to know a woman whose range of sensitivity - moral, intellectual, sensual, emotional, and spiritual - is remarkably broad.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Luminous, insightful, lovely

    • By I. on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $18.50

    • Vincent Van Gogh: A Tortured Artist. Full Biography

    • By: The History Hour
    • Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 25

    Unlike most artists, Van Gogh developed very slowly, beginning with work as an art dealer that exposed him to many great works. He undertook this work for several years, after which he spent time as a missionary for the Dutch Reformed Church. Thereafter, he drifted for several years before returning home to his parents’ house, where he took up painting, largely self-taught with books on anatomy and painting. His great works all date from the later years of his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By Anonymous User on 05-31-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Ninth Street Women

    • Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
    • By: Mary Gabriel
    • Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
    • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of 20th-century abstract painting - not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, very important history.

    • By E.Sisto on 04-05-19
    • Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
    • By: Mary Gabriel
    • Narrated by: Lisa Stathoplos
    • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 02-19-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Summary of Steal Like an Artist

    • By: Blake Hanson
    • Narrated by: Michael Fell
    • Length: 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1
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      2 out of 5 stars 1

    In his 2012 book, author Austin Kleon approaches an often-considered taboo subject of the world of creative works: copying another's work. While most consider the idea of copying another's style or design to be wrong, Austin says it doesn't have to be. Instead, Kleon suggests that the best creative ideas come from building off of ideas that others have already had. (Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon.) 

    Regular price: $3.95

    • Daily Rituals: Women at Work

    • By: Mason Currey
    • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Michael Crouch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13

    More of Mason Currey's irresistible Daily Rituals, this time exploring the daily obstacles and rituals of women who are artists - painters, composers, sculptors, scientists, filmmakers, and performers. We see how these brilliant minds get to work, the choices they have to make: rebuffing convention, stealing (or secreting away) time from the pull of husbands, wives, children, and obligations in order to create their creations. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great book on the routines of creatives!

    • By Blake K. on 03-12-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Vincent van Gogh

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Vincent van Gogh is undoubtedly one of the most famous artists of all time, and though the critical establishment may not consider him the greatest artist who ever lived, there may be no artist with whom the public has a greater familiarity. Unfortunately, a great deal of that familiarity comes from the circumstances leading up to his death. Of all the things that occurred in van Gogh's tumultuous life and career, the best known thing about him might be that he cut off the lower left lobe of his ear.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Live of the First Modern Artist

    • By James Darby on 11-12-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Lives of the Artists, Volume One

    • By: Giorgio Vasari
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
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      4 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Georgio Vasari's original vision of the arts was to see the artist as divinely inspired. He describes the lives of 45 artists, including Giotto, Brunelleschi, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian, with striking immediacy conveyed through character sketches, anecdotes, and detailed recording of conversations.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interest to the artist, as well as the historian

    • By Gregory on 01-30-11

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Wear Your Dreams

    • My Life in Tattoos
    • By: Ed Hardy, Joel Selvin
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 49

    In Wear Your Dreams, Ed Hardy recounts his genesis as a tattoo artist and leader in the movement to recognize tattooing as a valid and rich art form, through to the ultimate transformation of his career into a multibillion dollar branding empire. This book explains how this Godfather of Tattoos fomented the explosion of tattoo art and how his influence can be witnessed on everyone, from countless celebs to ink-adorned rockers to butterfly-branded, stroller-pushing moms.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally an intelligent book on tattoos as an art form

    • By Peter Thyne on 01-11-19

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Way It Was

    • My Life with Frank Sinatra
    • By: Eliot Weisman, Jennifer Valoppi
    • Narrated by: David Aston Reese
    • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 81

    In the best-selling tradition of Henry Bushkin's Johnny Carson comes The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life, told by his long-time manager and friend, Eliot Weisman. Eliot Weisman worked with Frank Sinatra from 1975 up until Sinatra's death in 1998 and became one of the singer's most trusted confidants and advisers. In this book, Weisman tells the story of the final years of the iconic entertainer from within his exclusive inner circle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shameful that Sinatra was maintained on drugs.

    • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 02-02-18

    Regular price: $29.65

    • The Queen

    • Aretha Franklin
    • By: Mikal Gilmore
    • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
    • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,410
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3,985
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,975

    You know her voice. Now hear her story.

    Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I learned so much

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Monet & Renoir

    • The Lives and Legacies of the Famous Impressionist Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    To get a sense of the kind of prestige that Claude Monet enjoys within the art world, one need only learn that his Le Bassin Aux Nympheás (1919) - from his series of paintings featuring water lilies - sold for the equivalent of more than $70 million. This is a staggering price, especially considering that early in his life, Monet had been so poor and debt-ridden that some of his paintings were taken from him by creditors.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quick primer ✅

    • By Joe Mar on 02-08-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Nine Irish Lives

    • The Thinkers, Fighters, and Artists Who Helped Build America
    • By: Mark Bailey
    • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins, Alan Smyth
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    This anthology of popular American history presents the stories of nine incredible Irish immigrants as written by nine contemporary Irish-Americans. More than one in 10 Americans claims Irish ancestry and, with its celebrity contributors, Nine Irish Lives will have strong appeal for those listeners. It is also, though, a timely portrait of shared humanity. These are stories about immigrants - and in the tales of revolutionaries and visionaries, caretakers and unsung heroes, Nine Irish Lives reminds us of the values and the people that have shaped America.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect balance of history and storytelling

    • By RebD on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Life and Legacy of Salvador Dali

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In his review of Salvador Dali's first autobiography, George Orwell declared that "One ought to be able to hold in one's head simultaneously the two facts that Dali is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being." Whether or not one agrees with the famous author's assessment, Orwell captures the polarizing nature of Salvador Dali, and the extent to which his undeniable technical virtuosity often brushed against his penchant for provoking his audiences (not to mention provoking long-entrenched standards of "proper" taste).

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Amazing Salvador Dali

    • By Lowball on 02-14-19

    Regular price: $6.95

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