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The Stones of Venice, Volume 1

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The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin, first published from 1851 to 1853. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Ruskin examined the city in detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well. The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" (from volume 2) was admired by William Morris, who published it separately in an edition which is in itself an example of Gothic revival. It inspired Marcel Proust; the narrator of the Recherche visits Venice with his mother in a state of enthusiasm for Ruskin. The Stones of Venice is considered one of the most influential books of the 19th century. (Summary adapted from the Wikipedia by Leni) (14 hr 12 min)

Chapters

Preface

14:40

Read by Stephanie Lee

Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 1

22:14

Read by Stephanie Lee

Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 2

20:36

Read by ToddHW

Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 3

26:25

Read by ToddHW

Chapter 02, The Virtues of Architecture

28:30

Read by Availle

Chapter 03, The Six Divisions of Architecture

11:11

Read by Availle

Chapter 04, The Wall Base

13:21

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 05, The Wall Veil

10:30

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 06, The Wall Cornice

16:37

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 07, The Pier Base

29:26

Read by Nicole Lee

Chapter 08, The Shaft

51:38

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 09, The Capital

39:30

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 10, The Arch Line

20:06

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 11, The Arch Masonry

26:35

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 12, The Arch Load

5:28

Read by Snapdragon

Chapter 13, The Roof

14:17

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 14, The Roof Cornice

26:19

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 15, The Buttress

18:45

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 16, Form of Aperture

21:35

Read by Rholdah

Chapter 17, Filling of Aperture

25:34

Read by Rholdah

Chapter 18, Protection of Aperture

12:34

Read by Little Tee

Chapter 19, Superimposition

27:24

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 20, The Material of Ornament, part 1

28:40

Read by Lucretia B.

Chapter 20, The Material of Ornament, part 2

45:10

Read by Lucretia B.

Chapter 21, Treatment of Ornament, part 1

26:22

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 21, Treatment of Ornament, part 2

29:29

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 22, The Angle

14:48

Read by MorganScorpion

Chapter 23, The Edge and Fillet

21:49

Read by doonaboon

Chapter 24, The Roll and Recess

11:41

Read by doonaboon

Chapter 25, The Base

33:51

Read by doonaboon

Chapter 26, The Wall Veil and Shaft

25:48

Read by doonaboon

Chapter 27, The Cornice and Capital, part 1

36:10

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 27, The Cornice and Capital, part 2

34:28

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 28, The Archivolt and Aperture

24:51

Read by Pamela Krantz

Chapter 29, The Roof

14:41

Read by April Gonzales

Chapter 30, The Vestibule

21:51

Read by MorganScorpion

Bewertungen

A worthwhile effort, but...

(2,5 Sterne)

While one is grateful that people do volunteer to read these books without pay, reading this book really does require a level of proficiency and even a bit of erudition that are exasperatingly lacking in some readers. For example, the first reader not only does not make much of an effort to pronounce Italian names and phrases correctly, she makes some astonishing goofs in plain old English, such as pronouncing the word "preface" as "pree-fayce." That's a real attention-ruiner.