The Agony and the Ecstasy

  • by Irving Stone
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 33 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is Irving Stone's powerful and passionate biographical novel of Michelangelo. His time: the turbulent Renaissance, the years of poisoning princes, warring popes, the all-powerful Medici family, the fanatic monk Savonarola. His loves: the frail and lovely daughter of Lorenzo de Medici; the ardent mistress of Marco Aldovrandi; and his last love - his greatest love - the beautiful, unhappy Vittoria Colonna. His genius: a God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known. Michelangelo Buonarotti, creator of David, painter of the Sistine ceiling, architect of the dome of St Peter's, lives once more in Irving Stone's marvellous book.

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One of the Best Historical Novels Ever Written

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I read this years ago when in college, and listening to it was like revisiting a very good friend that I had not seen in years. Sometimes such occasions can be awkward or disappointing. Certainly there have been times that I have tried to listen to a book that I enjoyed in my youth, only to end up scratching my head. But not this time...The detail is phenomenal (Irving Stone writes as if he actually lived in the 15th century). The writing is superb. The narration is outstanding. Most importantly, it’s a story about one of the greatest artists that ever lived, and how he was compelled by an inner drive to create some of the greatest art ever produced. So skip the mediocre movie by the same name and listen to the book.


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Great Story

What made the experience of listening to The Agony and the Ecstasy the most enjoyable?

This is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure to read.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course, my favorite character is Michaelangelo.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arthur Morey?

Sorry, but most anyone could have read this better. This guy simply drones.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book takes many, many sittings!


Any additional comments?

I read this book over thirty years ago and loved it. I enjoy listening to books while I run, and I decided to choose this one. Because the story is so powerful, it did not disappoint me, but it is a shame that the narrator is not any better.

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- Holly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio