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  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Elegant and intelligent defence of Christianity"
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    Would you listen to Mere Christianity again? Why?

    Absolutely. Such a depth of wisdom and intellectual proficiency are contained within the pages of this book, it requires a subsequent listen to fully grasp and fine tune the details of the arguments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mere Christianity?

    Of course. the whole book. Particularly the evaluation and apologia of the laws of morality, the substantiation that all secular morality is subjective and offers no hope of ascribing intrinsic value to a human being.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is very charismatic and he is well spoken, making it enjoyable to listen to for hours on end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that this man was once in the depths of unbelief, to have risen up by the power of Jesus into the light and have his whole worldview changed, not in any surreptitious way, but in a fully convicted and prolific way, is extremely moving. To hear his reasoning and genuine belief is encouraging.


    Any additional comments?

    A shame he was at the time inclined to the belief of evolution, which poses serious theological complications [think, death before the fall], although I have heard he recanted this humanistic religion near the end of his life for just that very reason. As one would expect from a man of such stringent intellectual caliber.

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  • The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Hitchens
    • Narrated By Peter Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (28)
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    (30)

    Partly autobiographical, partly historical, The Rage Against God, written by Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, assails several of the favorite arguments of the anti-God battalions and makes the case against fashionable atheism.

    Michael says: "Not at All What I Expected"
    "Fascinating perspective on atheisms social impact!"
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    What did you love best about The Rage Against God?

    Peter Hitchens eloquently articulates his personal observations of atheism as a foundational ideological preference of the totalitarian regime in communist Russia, and puts forward an analytical case for why the same abandonment of Christian principles in modern Europe should be cause for concern. The book is written with poetic brilliance and rational insight, it was an enthralling pleasure to listen to from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Peter offers some unique perspectives on post-war British society, the mentality of the generation that grew up in the wake of the second World War, the contrast between a country that still has vestiges of moral grounding in a transcendent authority and that of a country and society which has long been isolated from such obligations, and intriguing insight into his relationship with his (now late) brother, one of the more salient intellectuals of the New Athiest literature, Christopher Hitchens.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Hitchens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book by Peter I have listened too, and I am extremely glad he took it upon himself to be the voice of his own writings - he is very easy to listen to and speaks with authority and dexterity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It absolutely was, and that's exactly what I did! Captivated from start to finish!


    Any additional comments?

    I really was not prepared for how much I would enjoy this book! I recommend it highly and can't wait to indulge in more of his writings.

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  • The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (6)
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    >The Screwtape Letters, now in its 70th anniversary year, is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil. This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.

    Andrew says: "The Best 'Available'"
    "The Best 'Available'"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    This scintillating and idiosyncratic work of literary genius is abundantly more prolific when articulated with lexical dexterity, as is the case with this audiobook. However I make the subjective distinction that it is the best available to purchase, in contrast with the affluently more cultivated version preformed by John Cleese. If one can obtain the adaptation by Mr. Cleese I highly eulogize it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    The letters in their entirety are brilliant at dramatizing, interpreted in Lewis' unique and rationalized way, the conflict of emotions and feelings, thoughts and convictions faced by Christians at all stages of our walk of faith.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When screwtape metamorphosizes into a centipede, a totally unpredicted and amusing twist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. One can lose oneself in the linguistic brilliance and deep analytical thought to find the four hours the audiobook encompass have drifted by swiftly and with the residuum of satisfaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Praise be to God!

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