Charlton, MA, United States | Member Since 2003
...in my imagination....
I love the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I have since I was a kid and my dad read these words to us after dinner every night. In my adolescence, we trod the paths to the lonely mountain and Mordor three time. My mind exploded with pictures as my father read... and he never read as well as Rob Inglis has in this amazing audio work-of-art. I close my eyes and my mind flies to the scene as he reads. Afterwards I find my self humming the songs Rob performed. What a gift. No one else should read it... except for my dad.
But my mind pictures are not as clear. They have been muddled by the movie versions. I get excited now when I hear quotes quoted in the movie. Augh! My imagination was so much richer in my youth. Perhaps if I listen to Rob read this 5 or 6 more times, then only his voice, and the voice of my father, will inspire the rich dangerous fantasy world that Tolkien paints.
The books are so much better than the movies.... especially when you have guides like Rob Inglis.
Thank you Audible for finally getting the versions I have been waiting 9 years for you to get: Tolkien UNABRIDGED on audible! Let your imagination fly you through this amazing story. Ignore the movie pictures and create your own! They will be far better.
It is so good, you have to listen to it twice.
Here is why. I hesitate to mention this, as it may dissuade someone from buying this audio book. But this is all about being honest right?
I love this book, I love the authors. I have been begging for someone to clearly explain what they explain in this book. My beloved authors did it, and did it jointly. The narrator seems to have an amazing list of credits in his audible library. (Do you hear my "but" developing).
This Narrator has an occasional flat tone to his voice that drives me nuts. Yes he is a new voice for Leonard and Frank. Yes I do miss the other guys. Yes I may have been undermined by a slow-to-yield bias. But that flat tone comes off as insincere to me and robs those sentences of their amazing points. It also feels like he falls into a consistent pattern of inflection (that includes the flat ton) that doesn't add to the value of the text. (I just heard the flat tone in the Lord of the Rings, where the narrator was skillfully reading the words of Saruman (a bad guy). There it was intended for you to mistrust what was being said.).
I live on audible daily. I listen between 1 to 10 hours a day. I love the spoken word in both fiction and non fiction. I have deeply enjoyed Frank Viola's works and his style of writing. Leonard Sweet is amazing with the infectious energy he infuses in his writing. My opinion is that this Narrator isn't as effective in relaying the wonderful truths expressed in this book as he could have been.
Edit - The second time listening to the book was much more rewarding. The points came through and really began to resonate with me. The narrator was less annoying to my over-sensitive pallet.
I truly hope many people enjoy the wonderful perspective this book brings to the Bible. I hope all who buy it don't suffer from the sensitivity I suffered from. But if you do, don't give up. It is worth it.
My father first recommended Frank's books to me. As a long time pastor, Dad had often come across with a self-righteous air and judgmental attitude. In the past few years, something has softened in him, which made me a bit more open to his editorials about what would "fix" me. I resisted his recommendations to read Franks books because I assumed it would tell me what I was doing wrong... Wow, was I wrong.
This book was the third of Frank Viola's that I inhaled. I read the first, Pagan Christianity, to pick it apart and shut dad up. Surprisingly, it fit where I was perfectly, as I had less-than-little appreciation for self-righteous-performance-driven "churches." This spirited fact-based skewering of the practice of church since the third century begged me to ask, "What did Paul and the apostles actually teach and practice when they had "Church."
The second book I listened to was "The untold story of the New Testament Church" lead me through the epistles in a way that allowed me to begin to answer that question. As I reread the New Testement in order and context, I was lit up with passion for my faith for the first time since I was 4. My gut feelings had been verified and the scriptures showed the better path. Now, how could I experience "Church" ...for real....today?
This book, "Finding Organic Church," began to answer that question for me. It sparked a hunger to meet with and fellowship with other christians as never before. I had always loved Jesus, I just could hardly stomach Christians. This book gave me a way to love them, and allow God to love me through them.
As a follow up, I still didn't really understand my faith. Oh, I knew all the "truths." I was a good PK after all (Pastor's Kid). My father and I have since found an amazing path of freedom that started with Roman's 6-8, exploded with the Colossians 1-3, lead us up a mountain of love with truths within Frank's books "From Eternity to Here" and "Jesus Manifesto", and taught us the art of yielding (instead of figuring) with Watchman Nee's "Normal Christian Life."
I didn't expect this path. I fought it hard. I was a know-it-all: a passive-agressive PK, well versed in resisting guilt-trip theology and manipulative religiosity. I found none of that on this journey. Now I am something completely new. I sincerely hope my experience encourages you to seek something deeper. Jeremiah 29:11-14. Wow Frank, thank you for being such a vital trail blazer for me.
As a child, I was enthralled by the story (much better than the movie). As an adult, the wisdom woven into C.S Lewis's words are unmistakable. They lead you to a deeper understanding of our faith, as he deals with the
It is in my top 10 books. It honestly hit too many emotional trigger points when I tried to read it, so I would put it down and not pick it back up. With this audio book, I was less inclined to set it aside at the first distraction-opportunity. Though the subject matter was difficult emotionally for me, I pressed through it and am infinitely better off for it. It capsulates much of my own discoveries in a way has that made them accessible to me again. Now I have a book that I can share that explains how God is with us in the tragic events of our lives and how he uses these tragedies, that he didn't author, to heal our deepest hurts. God can take the hardest paths and make them good.
Forgiveness is an under preached but profoundly important perspective. This book answers the questions we all have about forgiveness, what it is, and importantly, what it isn't. I listen to it several times a year and each time I am reminded that I can give the great gift I have been given, and freedom results. In the face of the most horrible deeds, we can find freedom without sacrificing justice. Highly recommended.
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