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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 17 Oct. 2017
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B075ZG9NGL
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As a definitive work on Da Vinci this is a hugely impressive feat
It captures not just his life, but the essence of how he thought and his inquisitive nature that set him apart
This book has given me a much greater understanding for who he was, the multi disciplined creative vibe in Florence and Rome at the time - as well as - a deeper appreciation of art
It is a lengthy book and hard going at times
Do I think the essence could be distilled into something much much shorter - yes
You could trim 150 pages, lose nothing and end up with a more concentrated product
It’s a triple album that’s impressive in its grandeur and the amount of research that went in to it. Reading all his diaries etc
Did it leave a lasting impression - yes
Did I enjoy it - sometimes
Did I look forward to finishing it and find it a bit arduous at other times - yes :-)
Having always heard about Da Vinci and seeing the highlights of his work, I was interested to learn more about the man himself. Isaacson does an incredible job tracing his path from Vinci to Florence, and all over Italy providing interesting, but a grounded hypothesis to explain parts that might be missing.
He paints a picture of a troubled genius that has problems both of his own making and due to unfortunate circumstance, nevertheless his life is incredible, and his achievements seem even more so now.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to know more about the man that encompasses his achievements.