I truly enjoyed the audio book by Pope Benedict XVI which is nicely narrated by Dan Woren. The Holy Father's intelligence shines through but in a most understandable way that is not above the head of the average reader (like me). The media has misrepresented some passages of the book by accusing the Pope of attacking certain aspects of Christmas as if what he reveals is a shocking revelation. The Holy Father is simply recording what appears in the Gospels and what does not (that perhaps angels spoke rather than sang and that no specific animals are recorded in the Gospels as actually being present at Jesus' birth), none of which makes a difference to Church Teaching, but are possibly just traditions we have come to believe although they are not recorded in the Gospels. The Pope is not speaking from a Magisterial perspective but is writing down, as he says, what he has discovered in his own personal search for the Face of the Lord. We are certainly not bound to believe them if we don't want to. At the very least he gives us good food for thought and much to meditate on. It is always enjoyable hearing what an intelligent mind has to say, particularly a theologian of Pope Benedict's caliber.
What's sad about reading Billy Crystal's book is that I liked him alot more before I read it. He is a pretty big narcissist and, in the end, that's not very interesting. A few of his stories (like the ones about him losing his virginity) were just huge turn offs. A limited number of his tales were very funny, but there weren't enough of them. He should have traded his over abundance of 'old age' jokes for some actual insights and lost the vanity. That would have helped alot..
I throughly enjoyed this collection of stories written and narrated by Fr. Gregory Boyle. His writing and narration was heartbreaking at times as well as humorous in how he described the people he has met through his years of working with gang members. In the midst of violence and poverty, Father saw the best (as well as the funniest) parts of each human person.
I enjoyed the writing and narration very much. It was a view of both the public and private life of Kennedy, as well as many of the other historical figures of the time leading up to the assassination. I found the sexcapades of both Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. to be more disappointing than I had originally thought. I knew that their infidelities took place but not to the addictive extent that the book describes. Flawed heroes caught up in in an incredible time in history.
Some of Adam Carolla's stories are really very funny but he falls into the trap that it seems alot of camedians do these days and uses way too much profanity, as if crudeness somehow makes a joke funnier. It doesn't. I'd like to think that Adam Carolla has more going for him than that because he seems intelligent and creative. In the end I found the crass language to be a distraction and a little demeaning for me to be sitting there listening to so I decided to delete the book from my library before finishing it.
I'm a big fan of Fr. Barron's and enjoy his insights and intelligence. Although I missed the lush images that go along with his fine narration in the DVD series of the same name, I still truly apprciated this great work. What a monumental task and one I hope he continues in other series.
I've always enjoyed Fr. Groeschel's insights and humor and this book didn't let me down. It was relaxing to listen to the stories of this kind and gentle man and amazing in the people he's met and known in his life.
I really enjoyed this book not only for the fabulous narration by Derek Jacobi but also the great writing style so reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A great, fun book to listen to.
This was a entertaining and heart-felt true story that came to life through the excellent narration by Bronson Pinchot. His style never detracts from the drama. Horse lovers will greatly enjoy this story.
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