Library Ed. Recorded Books 2010
CS ISBN 9781440786839 $92.75 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 9781440786846 $123.75 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Virginia Leishman masterfully brings to life the story of Sofonisba Anguissola, a largely unknown Italian Renaissance painter who studied under Michelangelo. Leishman’s modulated voice—cultured yet not overly aristocratic—perfectly matches Sofonisba’s character. Further, she breathes a vitality into the other characters that is not evident from the author’s words alone. Leishman’s interpretation is spot-on as she portrays Sofonisba’s personal heartaches, as well as the drama of the Spanish court, where she is brought to serve. Especially interesting is Leishman’s depiction of a young Queen Elizabeth and her flirtations with the men of the court, including her husband’s son and half-brother. Leishman’s skillful narration keeps the listener engrossed in Sofonisba and Elizabeth’s stories. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2010]
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