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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Professor Thomas F. Madden Narrator: Edoardo Ballerin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden's majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city's humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Madden explores all aspects of Venice's breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeare's money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Terry Brownell | 10/31/2013

    " Nice treatment of that wonderful city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phil | 7/25/2013

    " Seems very well researched, but a bit academic for my needs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karlan | 6/10/2013

    " The history of Venice is filled with good stories. It's a great read for me since I'm spending a month in Venice. I may not remember dates, but I do recall the exciting stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Uwe Hook | 4/30/2013

    " The storytelling is superb, and, as others have noted, parts read like a novel. This is a painless way to learn a lot of European history. A detailed city map of Venice would have made it easier to follow the action and made a good guide for visitors who want to walk through history on their own. "

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