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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (95 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Krull Narrator: Rachel Leslie Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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As the illegitimate son of a notary from Vinci, Leonardo is banned from Italian universities and trade guilds. But he soon becomes the shining star in the studio of the acclaimed Florentine artist Verrocchio. After being investigated for alleged homosexual activities, Leonardo leaves Florence in 1482 to make weapons for the prince of Milan. In Milan, he enjoys his most productive years of research and observation. By 1517, his findings will fill more than 10,000 unbound pages. The 5,000 that survive contain encoded notes with intricate diagrams on subjects ranging from helicopters and submarines to blood circulation and fossils.

New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Krull is known for compelling children's biographies like Harvesting Hope, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. Her concise yet informative Leonardo da Vinci bio presents a vivid and highly accessible portrait of a true renaissance man. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 1/2/2014

    " He was amazing. The saddest thing is that his notes were scattered and lost so that other scientists could not build upon his ideas. This is a must read for an easy understanding of who Leonardo Da Vinci was. Very accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delena | 1/2/2014

    " What a fascinating story of the science side of da Vinci. He was a genius in many areas. Very interesting and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/20/2013

    " i love the giants of science series. the stuff you never learn in school! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 12/15/2013

    " Didn't know Leo was rival with Mike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie Hargrave | 12/10/2013

    " A nice biography of Da Vinci especially for those who don't know anything about him. This biography focused more on his scientific life and discoveries. Very interesting, and definitely a good one to recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathias | 11/12/2013

    " Not as good as her book about Marie Curie, but still very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 11/8/2013

    " This series rocks. Well written, some of this is conjecture based on the times and based on his writings but still a ton of information and insight into one of the greatest minds on record. A quick, quick read and hard for me to put down (I stayed up late reading this two nights). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosaleen Leclair | 10/13/2013

    " I am currently reading this and so far I like this book. I've noticed lots of differences for back then to today. I had no clue that Leonardo was also a scientist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 10/4/2013

    " Great biography on the scientific bent da Vinci had. Loved learning! Will read with kids. After reading this, I spent all morning reading da Vinci's notebooks that have been published online. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Bailey | 9/17/2013

    " Different, but interesting read for battle of the books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skedatt | 1/15/2013

    " A decent introduction to da Vinci. She does include a bibliography, which is kudos to her, and a brief overview of the notebooks and where they are. The sum up at the end does have her personal views as a historian--but to be honest, what history book doesn't have personal views? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/1/2012

    " Besides artistic gifts, Leonardo da Vinci was very much a scientist with a passion for understanding the natural world. Kudos to Kathleen Krull for this great start to her Giants of Science series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Analisa | 4/4/2012

    " I was reminded of people I know all throughout this book. I guess geniuses have faults too :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 3/14/2012

    " This is a wonderful short discription of the extensive work of Leonardo da Vinci. This was just enough of a summary for me to be a perfect refresher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari | 10/18/2011

    " Great book for using in a middle school science classroom. I only wish I had a classroom set! I'll have to settle for reading this one out loud and hope that I'll be able to purchase a classroom set in the future! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kersten | 7/29/2011

    " This was a lot of fun to read. It was about Leonardo's interest in Science, not his works of Art. Very interesting, and a shorter read so it would be great for kids or teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zdream | 7/8/2011

    " before reading this i though i knew leonardo di vinci but after reading this i realized i really didn't. there was soooo much more to him that most realize and katherine krull makes this book really an easy read and well as a very intriguing one. at one point i couldnt put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Mulholland | 11/18/2010

    " Great biography for kids that focused on his timeline and his love of the scientific process. There wasn't much on his art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/6/2009

    " Great information about Da Vinci. The man is a phenom of epoch proportions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronna | 4/27/2009

    " Fabulous account of Leonardo's life but had some unsavory content relating to alternative lifestyles. "

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About the Author
Author Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of … series. She is a book reviewer and former children’s book editor. She lives in San Diego.

About the Narrator

Rachel Leslie is an audiobook narrator whose readings include In the Midst of It All by Tiffany Warren, Saved and Single by Sheila Copeland, and Leonardo Da Vinci: Giants of Science by Kathleen Krull.