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    • Vincent Van Gogh: A Tortured Artist. Full Biography

    • By: The History Hour
    • Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 11
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    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

    • 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
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    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

    • Lives of the Artists, Volume One

    • By: Giorgio Vasari
    • Narrated by: Nadia May
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

    • Remembering Roth

    • By: James Atlas
    • Narrated by: James Atlas
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1977, when he was 28, James Atlas published his first book, a biography of the poet Delmore Schwartz, and was stunned to receive a congratulatory letter from Philip Roth. He had been moved by the tragic story it told. Thus began a friendship that lasted, with a few intervals, until his death. He was living in rural Connecticut then, having exiled himself from the literary noise of Manhattan in order to focus on his work, and was on his own. He invited Atlas to come visit, which he did - the first of numerous pilgrimages to the Roth homestead. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • made me think as much as many long books.

    • By K D on 03-10-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Innovators DNA (Harvard Business Review)

    • By: Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregerson, Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The five "discovery skills" that separate true innovators from the rest of us.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • satisfying outline and story

    • By Sevgi Ozer on 12-09-18

    Regular price: $1.95

    • The Paper Garden

    • An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72
    • By: Molly Peacock
    • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In The Paper Garden, celebrated poet Molly Peacock explores the remarkable life of 18th-century British gentlewoman-turned-artist Mary Delany. In the 1770s, at the age of 72, the twice-widowed and nearly broke Delany turned her interest in botany into beautiful paper “mosaick” flowers still revered today.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Diane Challenor on 10-25-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Daily Rituals: Women at Work

    • By: Mason Currey
    • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Michael Crouch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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

    • De Kooning's Bicycle

    • Artists and Writers in the Hamptons
    • By: Robert Long
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers, from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Fairfield Porter to Jean Stafford, lived and worked on the East End of Long Island. The home they made there would affect their creative work for years to come.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ARTISTS & WRITERS

    • By CHET YARBROUGH on 08-08-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Claude Monet

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    To get a sense of the kind of prestige that Claude Monet's reputation has 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 an incredibly 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pronunciation Problems

    • By Steve in St. Louis on 12-26-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • J. D. Salinger

    • The Escape Artist
    • By: Thomas Beller
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Three years after his death at 91, J.D. Salinger remains our most mythic writer. The Catcher in the Rye (1951) became an American classic, and he was for a long time the writer for The New Yorker. Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters introduced, by way of the Glass family, a new type in contemporary literature: the introspective, voluble cast of characters whose stage is the Upper East Side of New York. But fame proved a burden, and in 1953 Salinger fled to New Hampshire, spending the next half century in isolation.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Frida Kahlo: The Lonely Artist. The Entire Life Story

    • Great Biographies, Book 1
    • By: The History Hour
    • Narrated by: Alana Marie Cheuvront
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Frida Kahlo was ahead of her time. She was bisexual and would have fit in perfectly in the time we live in now. Her disabilities would be acceptable in our society of today and her husband, Diego would probably be run out of town by the Real Housewives of “Cheaters”. Frida came with a lot of baggage in her life starting when she was only six years old and even more baggage piled on when she was in high school. Her suffering was more than anyone can imagine but she kept her head held high and forged her way forward.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • worst biography

    • By raquel on 07-19-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Beastie Boys Book

    • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
    • Narrated by: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, various
    • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, an audiobook as unique as the band itself. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than 30 years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • License to Listen - The Illest Communication

    • By J. Combs on 12-12-18

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Pablo Picasso: A Biography for Beginners

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Picasso has often been called the greatest artist of this century. This biography defines his greatness: his accomplishment and versatility as a painter, sculptor, graphic artist, ceramicist, and designer. Most of the innovations in 20th century art are associated not only with his work but with the legend he built of himself as the quintessential modern artist.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Intro to Modern Historical Revisionism

    • By wbiro on 12-01-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Goddess

    • The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe
    • By: Anthony Summers
    • Narrated by: Donna Postel
    • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Marilyn Monroe, born to deprivation and a series of foster homes, became an acting legend of the 20th century. She married famous men, Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller, and her many lovers included President John F. Kennedy. Her death, at 36, is a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. Anthony Summers interviewed 600 people for this book, which reveals unknown truths, some funny, some very sad, about this brilliant but troubled woman. First to gain access to the files of Monroe's last psychiatrist, he throws light on Monroe's troubled psyche.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating and very plausible

    • By Theresa on 10-23-17

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Most Productive People in History: 18 Extraordinarily Prolific Inventors, Artists, and Entrepreneurs, from Archimedes to Elon Musk

    • By: Michael Rank
    • Narrated by: Kevin Meyer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    They never knew how he did it. Few composers write more than one or two symphonies in their lifetimes. Beethoven spent a year on his shorter symphonies but more than six years on his 9th Symphony. The prodigy Mozart finished his last three symphonies (39, 40, and 41) in the span of a few weeks. His 25th Symphony took only two days.  

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • teaching effectiveness

    • By Hector on 09-22-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Master of Suspense

    • The Life and Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Cira Larkin
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the opening pages of his seminal book-length study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock's Films (1965), Robin Wood famously asked, "Why Should We Take Hitchcock Seriously?" Wood then proceeded to offer a detailed examination of Hitchcock's career to that point, arguing that the Master of Suspense belonged among the ranks of the preeminent directors in Hollywood, and that his films were among the most important in American culture.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Pablo Picasso

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tere is perhaps no artist who produced more art than Picasso, whose enormous oeuvre (which spanned most of his 91-year life) contained a countless number of paintings and drawings. His constant experimentation with form makes him a useful case study through which to chart the growth of modernism as an artistic movement, and many of the artistic trends that would dominate the 20th century. Picasso's works within each medium are also vastly differed.

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    • The Life and Legacy of Renoir

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands alongside Claude Monet at the very peak of Impressionist painting, and though neither of them can be credited with founding the movement (that honor likely goes to Edouard Manet or Edgar Degas), Renoir and Monet remain inextricably tied to the key characteristics of Impressionism: loose brushwork; outdoor painting; an emphasis on capturing natural light and shadow; and a focus on remaining in Paris and the surrounding countryside.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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
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    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

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