Yes. E.J. Dione presents a reasoned and knowledgeable analysis of the American Political scene that makes great sense in light of the wide-ranging grasp he presents of the forces contributing to the current divide. Unfortunately, after hearing the author often on televised interviews, I found Michael Kramer's narration disappointing, often monotonous, and frequently unable to keep me from falling asleep while listening. Perhaps the author's schedule prevented him from narrating his own work, but the narrator failed to share the author's passion for his work .
Likely F.D.R., as I gained new appreciation for his political skills from this listen.
Eager to Love was time well spent, although much of it seemed addressed largely to Franciscan Catholics. Nevertheless, I gained great appreciation for the pioneering life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.
True Self / False Self and Hidden Things or Falling Upward all express much of Richard Rohr's theology which shows moderate development and maturing thought as he ages. Many of the major themes supporting his contrast of Platonic dualism with Christ mysticism were obvious in earlier works such as Great Themes in Paul and Great Themes in Scripture.
Father Richard Rohr needs to narrate his own books. Father Quigley may be equally devout, but his narration is often flat and tedious, without the passion and inflection of Father Rohr's voice. I have listened to several Audible versions by both, and despite the time commitment required, I believe Father Rohr's own voice gives far more creedence and eloquence to his works.
No, but since Father Rohr provides a steady stream of revenue for the publishers, I'm sure there will be many more. And I do hope he continues!
Father Rohr gets it! He understands the contemporary crisis of faith confronting Catholism and Protestantism, and he weaves a tapestry of challenging and believable alternatives to the drivel so often representative of today's innocuous and lukewarm church. Obviously he also applauds the bright light of hope streaming from Pope Francis who likewise takes his name from and calls the church to the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi.
Getting reacquainted with Mitford characters whose journeys through life speak of hope and simpler times.
Perhaps the most gripping section dealt with the suspense surrounding Father Talbert's disappearance and subsequent rescue. The endless scenarios surrounding Father Tom's stint at Happy Endings were at times less interesting, at other times engrossing.
John McDonough is Father Tim's voice to most readers, and I was delighted to hear his voice again in this edition. However, I agree with other critics that these were not his finest character renditions, and at times the voices seemed shrill and indistinguishable.
Father Tim, of course.
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good presented an older, harsher Father Tim back in a Mitford where conflict and criticism now seems common, and the new characters and plot lines fail to captivate the imagination as clearly as in earlier works. There are many references to earlier story lines that add little to the current work, and the wrap-up chapters so neatly bring all things to good endings that only Hallmark could make the movie!
I usually select more serious stuff, and it did take a while to get into this listen, which got off to a confusing and slow start. Despite the reader's skills being highly praised, his soft but deep voice could not be heard while driving my Outback on smooth roads even at full volume from my Creative Zen's FM modulator through the car stereo. Nevertheless, by the end, I was into this one, and the characters came alive!
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