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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Robert Walker Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463246
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In this fascinating true story of artistic genius and personal triumph, the author brings to life Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti, two talented, passionate artists, and the competitive drive that united and divided them. As this lush, imaginative history illuminates the drama surrounding the birth of a new artistic vision, it also explores the lives of other fascinating individuals, from Donatello and Masaccio to Cosimo de’ Medici and Leon Battista Alberti. The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance offers a glorious tour of fifteenth-century Florence, a bustling city on the verge of greatness, during a time of flourishing creativity.

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  • “[Simon Vance] is a smooth and perfect voice for this journey…At times the narrative crackles like a review of the contemporary art world…it is a well-framed snapshot of a moment in Western cultural history.”

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  • “This erudite recording manages to be listener friendly by throwing a spotlight on what is surely one of many unexplored byways in cultural history…[Simon Vance] delivers the story with panache and aplomb, never wearying of the myriad details that could become tedious in less talented hands.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/28/2013

    " More a biography of Brunelleschi than a story of a feud between artists. Also, the notion of a fued between these two mostly is in the author's mind, withe the author clearly favoring Brunelleschi. That said, it was interesting and informative and written well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caulyne B | 5/10/2013

    " I thought this book was great before I went to Florence. Then I reread it and got so much more out of it!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 William | 2/22/2013

    " I am surprised how boring this book was. If I were to choose a new field to study for fun, it would be history, and yet I found few interesting parts of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/24/2012

    " Occasionally a bit too detailed, nevertheless a great intro to the men who began the Italian Renaissance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blair | 9/23/2012

    " I learned a lot, but it can be very "in the weeds." I love esoteric, in-depth history, but this got a little too into the details even for me. On the other hand, I knew almost nothing about art history before, and now feel like I have at least a basic grasp on this period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 9/7/2012

    " Compelling story, but the author seems to have fallen in love with every fact he came across making for slog at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Rose Clawson | 6/26/2012

    " Dry but interesting. There's a reason I have an art history minor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/8/2012

    " An entertaining and compelling read that gives the history of the beginning or the Renaissance from the perspective of the lives of the amazing individuals individuals involved, that brings the subject matter to a more real feel than any other book I've read on the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/28/2011

    " Inspiring. A must for all who love the Art of Science or the Science of Art or simply the hazy idea thereof. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 6/24/2011

    " Fascinating account of the feud between Brunellesci (same as in Brunelleschi's Dome) and its consequences: Brunelleschi's revolutionizing painting and architecture, helping add to the gathering wave of the Renaissance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glen Grayson | 4/29/2011

    " This was a follow up to Brunellechi's Dome, but I liked the original better, although this dealt with some additional historical bits, so it was worth it. "

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About the Author

Paul Robert Walker has written twenty books on subjects ranging from the Italian Renaissance and the American West to folklore, baseball, and miracles. A former teacher and journalist, he lives in Escondido, California, with his wife and two children.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.