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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (42,253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sarah Dunant Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities and opportunities to paint to the glory of God. Soon her love of art and her lively independence are luring her into closer involvement with all sorts of taboo areas of life. On excursions into the streets of night-time Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and witnesses the rise of the fiery young priest, Savanarola, who has set out to rid the city of vice, richness, even art itself. Alessandra must make crucial decisions about the shape of her adult life, as Florence itself must choose between the old ways of the luxury-loving Medicis and the asceticism of Savanorola. And through it all, there is the painter, whose love will change everything. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Rakena | 2/11/2014

    " Loved this story, all the element I look for, history, Italy, art.... Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenne | 2/9/2014

    " Loved this book. Read it during my "Italy" phase. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janis Gilbert | 2/5/2014

    " Book about Florence around 1450 and the rule of Savonarola, a fundmentalist monk, that was finally hanged and burned by the Catholic Church. But it was mostly about a precocious girl that wanted to be a painter and her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan | 1/28/2014

    " I thought this book was a very good read and I would recommend it to people who enjoy historical fiction, art, and Europe. The book is about a girl named Alessandra growing up in Italy during the late 15th century. She has a passion for art, and falls in love with a painter working for her father. She is then married off to a man who she later finds is involved with her brother. This book constantly surprised me, and it was beautifully written. I can't wait to read this book again with the knowledge I have now, and I also want to do some research about the society of Italy during this time period. The Birth of Venus is an amazing book that I think any good reader will enjoy! "

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