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  • Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Brown
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

    Jacobus says: "A learned, well-balanced postmodern history"
    "Great book ruined by horrible reading"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator: I have never heard one this bad. His horrific mispronunciation of words made me cringe. For example, he pronounced the word polemic as "pah-lemic" with the emphasis on the first syllable--it was so bad that I was baffled and didn't at first understand what he meant. This is but one of numerous examples of mispronunciations of common English words. His pronunciation of French terms on occasion caused me almost to drive off the road (I listen in my car)--made Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau seem like an expert linguist. I am shocked that there was no one overseeing this and no one to catch these really horrible mispronunciations--again of common English words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Through the Eye of a Needle?

    Unfortunately, the most memorable moments were the reader's awful mistakes of pronunciation--extremely jarring and unpleasant.


    How could the performance have been better?

    See above--get rid of this reader and have someone else read the book. It is a magnificent work and deserves someone who knows how to pronounce common English words properly.


    Do you think Through the Eye of a Needle needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No-other than the other recent publications on the same era.


    Any additional comments?

    A magnificent, magisterial work horribly marred by an incompetent reader.

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