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These biographies of the great quattrocento artists have long been considered among the most important of contemporary sources on Italian Renaissance art. Vasari, who invented the term "Renaissance", was the first to outline the influential theory of Renaissance art that traces a progression through Giotto, Brunelleschi, and finally the titanic figures of Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael.
This new translation, specially commissioned for the Oxford World's Classics series, contains 36 of the most important lives. Lives of the Artists is an invaluable classic to add to your collection.
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The audio-equivalent of sleeping pills.
If I were reviewing this on content alone, I'd give it five stars. I've read the book in the past, loved it, and regularly re-read sections.
However, I honestly think this is one of the worst audio-book readings i've ever encountered. It's so bad that I feel unable to give it more than a single star in ANY category.
It sounds like a bored lecturer - one who's lost all interest in his subject or his students, wearily reading his lecture notes while watching the clock and wishing he was elsewhere.
it's probably quite a feat, but this reader manages to use what feel like the exact same intonations and pauses in every sentence, making every sentence sound exactly like the one before it. At first it's hard to concentrate on what he's saying, then it becomes distinctly irritating. And then I gave up.
I REALLY regret this purchase. Vasari deserves a better performance than this.
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How great to have this translation available for easy listening as audiobook! Really enjoyable also for Italian speakers.
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