Phenomenal biography. Detailed and engaging at every moment. Metaxas writes about Dietrich's life in a way as if he knew him personally and now after finishing I feel as if I knew him too. That's a rare feat.
The audio recording was superb as well. The reader, Hillgartner, used proper inflection and voice changes that helped the narrative progress in a great way, while giving each person a distinct personality. His German was superb and a very easy to listen to voice. 5 stars!
The story is haunting and beautiful. It unfolds a life well lived in meekness and to its fullest for the glory of The Father and yet fully human.
The performance is impeccable and the vocal tones are always fitting for each situation, taking the listener from maddening turns to quiet strolls; from laughter to frustration; from rejoicing to weeping. Accents and characterizations are tasteful and propel the story without becoming an exhibition of the reader's obviously extraordinary talents.
This should be required reading for every student. It is the single best biography I have read to date and I will immediately read it again.
I have a greater appreciation for German people and the Nazi resistance fighters in particular. Impressive German family sacrifices much to stop the Third Reich. A humble Lutheran pastor leads and inspires then as well as now.
If you read one book in your whole life, make it this one. Metaxas does an excellent job of portraying the incredible life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and one cannot read this account of his life and work and remain unchanged. I've read the book twice and plan to read it many more times.
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What a challenging, well written, moving and inspiring book on the life of a great man. The practical lessons are many fold. Narration is excellent.
this story is a treasure for Christians seeking a recent hero of great courage, faith and hope. it would also make an ideal punitive measure for any naive or ignorant modernist who refers to Hitler as a Christian. very well written and well performed.
I found this story of a Christian pastor fighting against the Nazis fascinating. This book provides great insight into how Christians can and should respond in the face of political and spiritual tyranny.
And the story was made even better by the reading performance. This has been one of my most enjoyable experiences with Audible, ranked right up there with the Steve Jobs biography.
I'm a fan of biography and historical memoir, and is one of the best confluence of the two. A book you won't soon forget, and may change how you view your purpose, and the high plan of God - His ways are not our ways. But looking back at Bonhoeffer's life, he wS a man who knew his calling, and faced, almost with joy, the suffering and sacrifice it required.