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Extended Audio Sample The Arcanum, by Janet Gleeson
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Gleeson Narrator: David McCallum Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Even at the dawn of the Age of Reason, some of the finest minds in Europe were still pursuing the alchemist's dream of discovering the arcanum, the secret formula for turning base metals into gold. The quest attracted brilliant intellects, charlatans and princes, all drawn in by the promise of unlimited wealth. By the eighteenth century, the quest for that arcanum was beginning to give way to another: the secret formula for making porcelain, the exquisite ceramic that the Chinese and Japanese had been perfecting for one thousand years, so precious that vast fortunes were spent on it. To own the secret of its making would be to command wealth and prestige to an unimaginable degree. An extraordinary episode in culture and scientific history comes to life in this fascinating story of genius, greed, and exquisite beauty. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't realise the history of porcelain was so dramatic, and this book made a subject I didn't have much interest in interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carol | 12/29/2013

    " Rob, did you read this one - a great read on history of porcelain in Europe - starting with Meissen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elisabeth | 12/26/2013

    " This is truly an extraordinary story. It has everything, greed, suspense, rags to riches and it is all true. The best way to learn history, even if you are not a fan of Meissen Porcelain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 12/26/2013

    " A 'true' fairytale about the discovery of porcelain in Europe. History and alchemy. I liked it but it is a bit dry .... you have to get into the porcelain-magic mindset, maintain your sense of wonder, to get the most out of this one. "

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