One of the most concise, cogent audiobooks I've listened to.
Highlighted as it was by Audible, just after the news of Pope Benedict's abdication, this was especially relevant. Although published months before the Pope's announcement, "The Vatican Diaries" sheds much light on the Benedict's papacy and the likely true reasons behind his historical resignation. Had I listened to this earlier, it wouldn't have come as a surprise when it happened.
The stories John Thavis relates are sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, always incredible. Time and again I found myself hitting the 30 seconds back button thinking, "I must not have heard that right - it couldn't be." Every time I had heard it right and I was simply incredulous.
Malcolm Hilgartner's performance is a masterpiece of subtly. With slight inflections and just the right amount of accent, he slips smoothly between the author's narration and the many other characters we encounter - from Popes and Cardinals to reporters and "bell ringers." He makes this book come alive.
As a Roman Catholic at times I was upset by Thavis's frank and honest recording of events. Bust as they say,"Sometimes the truth hurts."
This is "must listening" for Roman Catholics and others who want to understand the forces at work inside that Vatican and the Church. It provides a foundation for understanding what Pope Francis is now doing and why. As events unfold in Rome I am sure I will be re-listening to various chapters to put it all in context.
Thrilling, Funny SciFi Adventure...yeah more than three words, I was never good at math
"A Fall of Moon Dust" by Arthur C. Clark but with humor. There is a strong science foundation apron which a truly intriguing story has been created.
How he did all the voices, male & female, foreign accents, was amazing
Laugh a lot. But this wasn't a comedy. It was interesting to see how the author presented a range of how people react to stress - from anger to humor.
I've listened to this in segments as one normally does when reading or listening to a book. However I plan on a "The Martian" marathon–listening to it all in one sitting like watching a movie. It is that good!
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