A life-and-death battle of good versus evil -- how can it be boring? And yet it is.
Metaxas's narrative is jumbled and disjointed. It's hard to follow the overall story because he keeps jumping around and introducing details that are irrelevant to the matter at hand.
Hilgartner's bumbling narration does not help. Hilgartner is a typical Audible.com narrator: He has a fantastic radio voice and nice diction for individual words, but almost no sense of story. The narrator's mind appears to have wandered off. He reads each sentence like it is a pronunciation exercise. Hilgartner is a talented reader of words and sentences, but shows little interest in reading paragraphs or chapters. He tries to make each individual sentence sound dramatic, but that's not how prose works, neither in fiction nor in non-fiction. When every sentence is read with an elevated sense of drama, then all the sentences sound the same, and the reader's emotional pitches lose their force. The reading becomes dull.
Bonhoeffer's story should be fascinating and captivating and inspiring. But each time I listen to this audiobook, my mind wanders off. I really want to learn about this guy Bonhoeffer, but this audiobook is a slog.
haunter of libraries
Good narration, inspiring person. The fact that he had a such a good attitude makes most of us look pretty petty.
This book takes its place in the library of my personal favorites. I intend to listen to this audio again and again as I desire to make part of my own character the strength and conviction of being that was Dietrich Bonhoeffer!
addicted to reading
simply loved this book. ours a hats story, and seems like a tragedy, until you remember Boenhoffer's perspective. simply beautiful ... and wonderfully read! I truly enjoyed Malcolm Hillgartner's rendition. outstanding!
This work has changed me as a person. Metaxas makes the very best use of historical fact by using it to teach the reader how a great man like Dietrich Bonhoeffer handled life's delights and challenges. Bonhoeffer's theology is reflected throughout this work in a way that helps us make Bonhoeffer's story our own. colorful enough for the story lover and deep enough for the philosopher- I would recommend this as a book on theology as much as a historical narrative.
Hillgartner narrates impressively, including the German and Latin texts.
"Wonderful" is all I have to say. I recommend this to all my friends!
I have heard of Bonhoeffer for years but never studies much about him. I'm glad I finally has the opportunity to remedy that. One of the best books I have read in some time.