EXCELLENT listen!! The 16 hours of listening to this book was like being in a hillside discussion with the former Pope as he unpacked the Scriptures. I loved the way he poses questions and then explores all the possible answers showing that the question is much more important than the answer.
If I had a criticism, after finishing this book I am left to wonder if the only exegetes worth reading are German.
Don Leslie is excellent as the narrator, in particular in his pronunciations as Benedict references many German authors.
Highly recommend this to anyone who want to go deeper in understanding Jesus. Benedict does not talk over heads too much but he does use common theological terms like exegesis without explaining them. The fruit you will gain from this is well worth the effort.
Very simply, if you're a Christian or thinking about becoming a Christian, you should get this book. I wasn't crazy about Don Leslie's narration, but the content of the book easily makes it worth listening.
It was one of the best religious books I have listened to.
Pope Benedict IVX
Sermon on the Mount
Yes, I would listen to this audiobook again! There are so many layers of vital spiritual truths to consider in this audiobook.
The articulate insights are so enthralling.
His voice is very nice, and he reads the book with appropriate inflection.
It brought me closer to Jesus.
Yes, spectacular book, just the technical stuff of the audiobook is bad. It was very difficult to find different chapters, which was so much worse because the chapters do really stand alone. Frustrating to stop listening and find a good place to pick up again.
FIX THE CHAPTER DIVISIONS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Listening the Pope Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth was excellent. I have the paperback version of this book, but I wanted to listen to it while driving in my car or before going to bed.
I think this is a great one to have if you are a Catholic who wants to have greater insight into the person of Jesus from the pope's personal theological perspective, but it might be a little dense for people who do not have any theological background (which I am lucky to have). You will need the paperback version of this book if you want to do a serious study, but the audio version is fine if you want to make it more of a meditation.
Narrative makes the world go round.
First let me say that I am a faithful Catholic. I eagerly downloaded this when it first appeared, trying to give the then new Pope a chance, despite the conservative reputation that preceded him to the papal "throne." It took me two years (and many grinded teeth) to finish the listen.
Second, remember that Ratzinger states that he offers this book as a theologian, not as Pope.
He lost me at the first mention of woman (why they can't be priests, for example).
Know that this is not the only Christology offered by Catholic theolgians.
The smugly sounding narrator matches the tone of the text.
Do yourself a favour and download the bio of Pope John XXIII available on this site or any of Garry Wills' books, if you want a bit of Catholic theology. Even better (if you don't mind dull narrators), download respected theologian Father Hans Kung's history of the Catholic Church. That's five star content that will remain in print long after this apology for misogyny and other forms of traditional short sightedness.
Say something about yourself!
I love all the Popes books but the reader for this is the worst I have ever heard in my life. If you need a book to fall asleep, buy this one.