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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (452 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Witold Rybczynski Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781470830977
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In this illuminating book, Witold Rybczynski walks us through five centuries of homes both great and small, from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to the Ralph Lauren–designed environments of today. On a house tour like no other—one that delightfully explicates the very idea of “home”—you’ll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serena | 2/8/2014

    " An absolutely brilliant book that I return to read (in sections) regularly. By learning how we use our houses, we can learn more about who we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriela | 2/6/2014

    " Will never look at my Kandinsky chairs the same way again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zguba Salemenska | 1/30/2014

    " A wonderful explanation of why your house looks the way it does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Kennedy | 1/28/2014

    " This is a study of the evolution of the concept of the home as it moved through Dutch and British cultures into modern American society. Reading this book was the first step towards my decision to enter urban planning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilia | 1/26/2014

    " Fascinating quick read. Reminiscent of Wolfgang Schivelbusch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 1/20/2014

    " This book was a recommended read for my introduction to interior design class, and I have to say I really enjoyed reading it. For the most part, the book is a historical overview of the idea of the home in Europe and America, which is really fascinating. The author focuses on a single idea, such as comfort or efficiency, for every chapter, which makes the amount of information easier to digest. It is not until the last two chapters that it becomes more about the author's opinion on comfort, which still contains plenty of historical information and good points to consider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 1/11/2014

    " This was a book Jamie had to read for architecture school and he recommended to me. Every person should read this book. It is a statement on the way we live and use space. It is not so specific that someone who is not an architect can't understand or appreciate it. Give it a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 1/5/2014

    " Not a book I would typically choose, it was fairly interesting nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/21/2013

    " Very interesting book about the evolution of domestic living over the centuries and the idea of comfort in Western cultures. I just joined a new book club, and this was the selection. I would never have encountered it otherwise, but I'm glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ezra Hood | 12/20/2013

    " Shannon introduced me to this one-- and it's incredible interesting: a history of the modern idea of comfort. I read it during the semester-- a rare occurence! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie H. | 12/19/2013

    " This book is amazing and makes my Top 10 desert island reading list. It's the most entertaining, readable, and comprehensive look at domestic architecture in the U.S. The fact that he even includes Ralph Lauren's lifestyle marketing in the discussion simply sealed the deal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 11/22/2013

    " Not the book I was expecting, but an easily readable history of the architecture and furniture of homes and houses. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brenda | 11/9/2013

    " Enjoyable when he discussed how the home evolved based on social status and the new perception of privacy, and the role of individual family members. The long section on the evolution of the chair was a bit much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/20/2013

    " One of my earlier reads in architecture. Rybczynki writes so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/2/2013

    " Domestic life has a surprisingly facinating history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 4/15/2013

    " Fascinating!!! Amazing history about how we live and why we set up our homes the way we do!!! Soooo good!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabel Chavier-Geist | 4/12/2013

    " I LOVE this book. One of my all-time favorites. I re-read it regularly for inspiration and comfort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy | 2/4/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, even though I cannot pronounce the author's name... :{D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/26/2012

    " This is a really interesting read because it goes through the history of the Western household starting in the Medieval period, and explains how we in the Western world came to our idea of "home". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate W | 10/30/2012

    " Probably the best book I've read this year. History of comfort and living spaces through the past 400 years. Covers everything from changes senses of privacy to lighting and ventilation to women's shifting role in domesticity. Thoughtful and well-written. "

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About the Author

Witold Rybczynski has written about architecture for the New York Times, Time, Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Slate, and is the author of the award-winning A Clearing in the Distance. He is the recipient of the National Building Museum’s 2007 Vincent Scully Prize. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia, where he teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.