Renowned historian Stephen Greenblatt's works shoot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. With The Swerve, Greenblatt transports listeners to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion. "More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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by Stephen Greenblatt
by Roger Crowley
by Robert M. Edsel
by Professor Thomas F. Madden
by Stephen O'Connor
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
by Italo Calvino
by Albert Camus
"For those who love audiobooks regardless of genre or subject, this illuminating history of the loss, preservation, and rediscovery of ancient books will be one of the year's memorable listening experiences. Written for a general audience, Stephen Greenblatt's narrative is a model of classical grace and clarity, and demonstrates how superior authorship can breathe life and immediacy into the most arcane of subjects. Narrated with equal grace and command by Edoardo Ballerini, the history of the book attains added dimension in audio. The listener cannot help but compare today's slim devices to the precarious history of books, handwritten, preserved often in single copies in monasteries, many--most--lost or destroyed after centuries of war and neglect. Ballerini is a gifted reader, attuned to every nuance and inflection of the prose. You feel at every moment that his is the perfect rendering for this word, this sentence, this book. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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