Oil and Marble

  • by Stephanie Storey
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
  • 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From 1501 to 1505, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti both lived and worked in Florence. Leonardo was a charming, handsome 50-year-old at the peak of his career. Michelangelo was a temperamental sculptor in his mid-20s, desperate to make a name for himself.
Michelangelo is a virtual unknown when he returns to Florence and wins the commission to carve what will become one of the most famous sculptures of all time: David. Even though his impoverished family shuns him for being an artist, he is desperate to support them. Living at the foot of his misshapen block of marble, Michelangelo struggles until the stone finally begins to speak. Working against an impossible deadline, he begins his feverish carving.
Meanwhile, Leonardo's life is falling apart: He loses the hoped-for David commission; he can't seem to finish any project; he is obsessed with his ungainly flying machine; he almost dies in war; his engineering designs disastrously fail; and he is haunted by a woman he has seen in the market - a merchant's wife, whom he is finally commissioned to paint. Her name is Lisa, and she becomes his muse.
Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo's genius.
Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller.


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Customer Reviews

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Horrible monotone plastic narrator

I am perhaps being a little unfair in only giving this one star, since I only got about four minutes in. I was fascinated by the blurb and synopsis, and the cover looks lovely (literally enacted a cliché right there - never judge a book by it's cover). I should have listened to the sample first.
This could be the best and most fascinating book in the world.
I will never know, because listening to the narrator was like chewing foil.
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- Jessica

Very poor

What disappointed you about Oil and Marble?

Everything. It had no redeeming features. After the first few chapters I really thought it was an attempt at comedy.

What could Stephanie Storey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't think that there is anything that could rescue this book

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of P. J. Ochlan?

The narrator was hopeless. But the subject matter is so poor that it might be harsh to heap too much blame on his shoulders.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Oil and Marble?

Please don't ask. If I was editor the project would never have got near publication.

Any additional comments?

I'm really disappointed that Audible would allow such rubbish to assail its members. I don't expect Shakespeare every time but come on !!This by a long way is the worst effort I've ever bought from Audible. I really regret that I did not read Jessica's review before wasting one credit.

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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios