This month, I have to go with my most recent audiobook favorite. I finished it almost two weeks ago and still haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s been a long time since I listened to anything as compulsively as I did this book:
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
Read by Alfred Molina
17 hours and 1 minute
First of all, I have to mention that the sample on Audible is not at all indicative of the narrator. The author narrates the introduction, and frankly, does a terrible job. The actual narrator of the rest of the book is fantastic. Trust me, it’s so much better than the sample they chose.
This book is easily my favorite biography. It was well written and incredibly interesting. Isaacson does a great job of providing insight into Leonardo’s life and work, and I learned so much from reading this. It was not at all dry (I find it hard to pay attention to dry books, and am skeptical of biographies – I loved Alexander Hamilton and still had to increase the speed and take a lot of breaks just to get through it). Leonardo required no breaks. In fact, I found it hard to turn it off at times. And when I did, I could not stop thinking about it. I would get to work and immediately start Googling the paintings mentioned during my commute. (Note: this does come with a PDF of the art, which I highly recommend loading onto your phone, because you will want to reference it.)
This is one of the rare cases in which I would definitely recommend the audiobook over the physical book. I enjoyed listening to it that much. Also, the book is kind of expensive (I got a good deal on Amazon), and is insanely heavy because they printed the entire thing on glossy paper. All 600 pages of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful, but it’s not the most convenient thing to read. (I’ve dropped a lot of books on my face reading in bed, and can tell you this one probably would have caused an actual injury.) I am so glad I opted to listen to the audiobook, because I don’t think I would have flown through it so quickly otherwise.
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Leonardo da Vinci as one of your free books! (You get to keep them even if you cancel, so you don’t really have anything to lose.)
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.