In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually. Powerful commercial centers like Florence, Venice, and Milan became independent. Artists like Michaelangelo and Cellini threw off the customs of the past and forged new symbols of Man, while others, like the gentle aristocrat Baldassare Castiglione, were attempting to civilize the behavior of society with gentlemanly manners. From north to south, Italian cities were literally reborn with an energy and enthusiasm that has never repeated itself anywhere. This great historical essay tells you why this extraordinary event occurred and why it finally died out, though its effects lasted hundreds of years. Ironically, all the great pomp and splendor of the Italian Renaissance was accompanied by some of the worst violence and mayhem that Italy has ever experienced. In the midst of splendor unheard of, men murdered, stole, raped, lied, and cuckolded friend and foe. Horrible torture, brutal war, and poisonous political intrigue went hand in hand with the most sumptuous artistic and literary output in European history. Follow this incredible story to understand the Italian Renaissance in ways you never conceived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000028/bk_acon_000028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s the summer before senior year of high school. It´s supposed to be one of the biggest summers of her life, but Pippa is headed to an art program she has no interest in. The one saving grace is that it´s in Italy. And when the opportunity strikes, she decides to ditch the program and travel around Italy accomplishing her own list of goals - things like swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, eating a whole pizza in one sitting… and falling in love with an Italian boy! As she explores the famous cities of Rome and Pompeii, Pippa finds herself falling for two boys: a local guy she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student who keeps disappearing and reappearing at the strangest moments. Will Pippa find her true love before her parents find out the truth about her summer program? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandy Rustin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018569/bk_adbl_018569_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Italian Adventure, It will all make (less) sense when you grow upThe audiobook with an Italian accent! A humorous coming of age tale of friendship and sisterhood for adults and teens alike recommended for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Green, Neil Gaiman and Sherman Alexie. Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish 10-year-old tomboy. Her life turns upside down when shady Nico moves to the North from Sicily. Determined not to let the bully ruin her life, Leda is dragged through a tornado of adventures that will transform both kids in the face of first crushes, weird adults, and family drama... This humorous and insightful coming of age tale will show you the Italy you never imagined, an exhilarating mix of sensuality, religion, and superstition set against the gorgeous backdrop of the serene countryside, the Alps, and the enchanting Island of Sardinia. The audiobook is the first in a series following the same characters throughout their lives. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaia B. Amman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043248/bk_acx0_043248_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
I´ll Give You the Sun meets Lola and the Boy Next Door...in Italy. Swoon laugh and cry with this irresistible, insightful, Italian YA romance. Italy, the 90s. Teen bookish tomboy Leda is torn between handsome, loyal Alex and her long-term feelings for childhood friend Nico, who´s dark and unreliable. While Leda navigates through puberty, her parents´ separation, and high school, her friendships develop in unpredictable ways. Both sweet Alex and hurtful Nico are hiding secrets that she will have to unravel to make sense of her own feelings and the infuriating, sizzling chemistry with her old friend turned enemy.... As always, Amman´s unique mix of humor and empathy makes it impossible to stop listening, as she skillfully intertwines the stories of many teens struggling with loneliness, angst and, of course, love. Her vivid descriptions of Cinque Terre, Sardinia, and the Alps can only add to the irresistible charm of this intriguing romance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaia B. Amman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057111/bk_acx0_057111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stand by Me meets The Goonies...in Italy. Italy, 1990. Twelve-year-old Leda is a bookworm and a tomboy. As her world splits into girls and boys, she can´t seem to fit anywhere. On the background of the 14th FIFA soccer world cup, Leda embarks on a new series of side-splitting-laughter adventures dealing with hormones, periods, zesty boys, and her own fears, in what will be the best summer of her life. The guy to win her nerdy heart will be the most unlikely one.... Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Sardinia, the Dolomites, and Tuscany, this humorous yet insightful journey through first love, friendship, and first kisses will leave you breathless, marveling at the customs of a country most people think they know. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaia B. Amman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050370/bk_acx0_050370_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Italy is a land forever associated with beauty: in music, in art and in nature. Down the centuries these stories were brought home by travellers, soldiers and merchants, returning crusaders, gypsies and pilgrims. Much loved and often repeated they grew in the telling to become wholly Italian in their nature - which is as much to say that today they are very beautiful indeed. ´´The Merchant´s Beautiful Wife;” ´´The Three Fools;” ´´Marco & the Cloud;” ´´Strega Nona;” ´´Angiola and her Beautiful Hair;” ´´The Shepherd who made the Princess Laugh;” ´´Oraggio and Bianchinetta;” ´´Clever Signor Crab.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Gielgud. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mgom/000011/bk_mgom_000011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning storyteller Bill Gordh (Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence winner, National Association of Parenting Periodicals Gold Award winner) presents this folktale live with no script, accompanied only by his own dynamic banjo playing. A young man married, and at the wedding dinner at the bride´s house, the bride excused herself to go in the cellar and draw some wine. While she was there, she noticed that an ax was stuck in one of the rafters. She thought that if one day she had a son and named him Bastianelo, and they were visiting her parents, and they asked him to get some wine, and he came down, and the ax fell and struck him in the head, then her son might be killed, and she began to cry while the wine poured out of the keg. The bride´s mother wondered what was taking so long, so she went down, and her daughter explained, and the mother started crying. A little later the father came, and the same thing happened. Finally the groom came down, and when he heard what they were crying about he could not believe it. He declared that he was off, and until he found three as silly as his wife he would not return. Before he left he pulled the ax out of the rafter. He traveled. There are variations on the three silly ones he met, including: A man trying to jump from a tree while his wife held his pants, to get into them. The bridegroom suggested he lean his back against a tree and pull them on. A man trying to fill a tub with water using a sieve to collect the water from a well. The groom brought him a bucket. A village where people were trying to catch sunlight in a bucket to throw into a darkened house. The groom suggested cutting a window. A horseman and a bride´s father debating whether to cut off the bride´s head or the horses´ legs in order for her to ride under an archway for the wedding ceremony. The groom suggested she duck. Two friends digging a hole in order to have a place to put ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Gordh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018009/bk_adbl_018009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Colleen Hoover meets Jandy Nelson in this emotional coming of age story, culminating the celebrated Italian saga. Italy, the mid-90s. Fifteen-year-old bookish tomboy Leda is dating the bad boy of her dreams. Is it love? Is she ready for her first time? Leda discovers at her own expense that life is not a fairy tale and she finds her own way to make sense of darkness, love, and friendship.... Authentic, emotional, and gripping, this novel denounces the hypocrisy of a society that would rather see pregnant teens than having an honest conversation about sex. Breathtaking Italy with its fascinating culture adds to the charm of this addictive, empowering novel about a girl trying to make it on her own, no matter what. ´´Sex to me was mysterious and omnipresent, just like God. Several of my friends were no virgins, definitely including Nico. The biology and anatomy of the act had been unraveled for me in school with all the pain embarrassment could bring. The many books I surrounded myself with had answered any residual question but one: when was the right time? Was there a moment in your life when this cumbersome question mark turned into an exclamation?´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gaia B. Amman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070785/bk_acx0_070785_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Celebrate the traditions of Christmas in Italy through the magic of song and story. Share in the rich heritage, music, culture and beliefs of Italy during this delightful holiday season. Narrated in Italian, follow a family as they sing their way through Christmas from Advent to Epiphany. Features 21 songs, including traditional carols like ´´Santa Lucia´´, and ´´Tu scendi dalle stele´´, as well as other favorites in Italian and English: ´´O Christmas Tree´´, ´´O Holy Night´´, ´´Silent Night´´, ´´Away in the Manger´´, ´´Joy to the World´´, ´´White Christmas´´ and more. 1. Italian. Romina Montonari. http://samples.audible.de/sp/teme/000024/sp_teme_000024_sample.mp3.
David Martinesi is a first generation Italian Australian growing up in an inner city suburb. He is fighting the shadows cast by his Italian upbringing, and this summer he is quietly waiting for change. Change comes when he is befriended by confident, street-wise Nathan. But tragedy comes too... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Phillips. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000184/bk_boli_000184_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.