Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson audiobook

Leonardo da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson
Read by Alfred Molina , with introduction and conclusion read by Walter Isaacson

Simon & Schuster Audio
17.02 Hours Unabridged
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker). Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times audio bestseller

An Audible.com bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Pick for Audiobooks

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of Most Borrowed Bestsellers

A BookPage Top Pick for November

The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Alfred Molina’s narration is easy to follow…The author’s sometimes detailed passages seem natural, and Molina’s cultured accent adds to the listening pleasure without seeming like an affectation. His fluency with Italian names helps keep the reading flowing. The PDF is a visual treat and is referenced throughout the work, so listeners will want to refer to it regularly to get the full benefit of the author’s analysis. Nonetheless, the reading stands on its own. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Isaacson’s acclaimed biography of the artist and inventor is narrated by actor Molina, whom you might recognize from Boogie Nights or—wait, is this some kind of conspiracy?—The Da Vinci Code.” Los Angeles Times (audio review)
“To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable.” David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
“Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing a very human portrait of a genius.” Times (London)
“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life….the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.” New Yorker
“Monumental…Leonardo led an astonishingly interesting eventful life. And Isaacson brilliantly captures its essence.” Toronto Star
“[Leonardo] comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity.” Washington Post
“A masterpiece.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Majestic…Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize…Enthralling, masterful, and passionate.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A monumental tribute to a titanic figure.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Walter Isaacson

Author Bio: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 17.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English