Library Ed. Recorded Books 2018
CD ISBN 9781980006206 $77.75 Three CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781980016144 $49.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781980006299 $70.00
Author and narrator Mary Beard takes the listener on an worldwide tour of human and divine representation in art throughout history. Beard's style is reminiscent of a classroom lecture or the audio track of a documentary. Her command of her subject is obvious in her authoritative but casual approach. While her narration is sometimes marked by the slight hoarseness of a dry throat, the effect is personable rather than distracting. The major weakness of the audiobook is simply that it can be difficult to understand the style and effect of art when you can't see it. Listeners may find that, despite a generous amount of description, the extensive illustrations of the print version are sorely missed in the audio production. N.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]
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