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This little "essay" (to use the same description Jacob Burckhardt used for his work, "The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy") is a brief, but wonderful introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Adding to the pleasure of this short book are the rich, sonorous tones of Charlton Griffin as the narrator and the brief introductory musical selections used to set the mood. If you love history of the Renaissance narrated by one of the truly great readers of our time, this is a must have selection.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I would have never finished this book in print. But Mr. Griffin's audio version was fascinating. My next listen to it will be in Venice and Florence with an iPod in my pocket and earphones in my ear while sipping an espresso in one of them piazzas. Can't wait.
Anthony Pour, CA
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A good book but diminished by the narrator's strange pronunciation of well-known words, and the names of people and places
quite good content but the reade's style very 1950's upper crust English which takes from an average listener's attention to content. Still i would say it is worth a credit.