This is a beautiful translation, and is wonderfully read by the narrarator. I can't think of St. Augustine without thinking of this guys voice. He reads in a meditative way if that makes any sense, without going too fast or too slow. The sound quality is excellent!
I like George Macdonald, and have read several of his stories. I believe, however, that he expresses his theology the best when he presents it in a story. I don't mean at all that he can't express himself clearly, or that he doesn't speak plainly, I only mean that he often speaks a little to plainly at times. Macdonald displays his message with very few anecdotes and almost a complete lack of humor. As a result, it can make listening to or reading him a difficult thing. Also, he hardly quotes from or refers to any other author or thinker, which can make him sound a little condescending, as one listener said he sounded like, making you feel like he's got the scoop on God and you don't. As I was listening, I found myself "tuning out" for several minutes at a time, only to come back and realize that I had completely missed what it was that he was saying. Now I am an admitted daydreamer, but I can tell the difference between being bored and daydreaming, and being entertained, but having alot of stuff on my mind. For the most part, I was bored. If you read his stories, and discover how he weaves his theology in them, it is a very beautiful thing to read. In his sermons, however, you are confronted with pure, unalloyed theology and it is hard to follow him. He sounds like he takes himself very seriously in these sermons, and is not able to poke fun at himself, which in turn makes him sound like he's not very humble. The narrator (sp?) also reads the book too fast and phrases certain words in an odd way. I think the reader also has a certain condescending tone in his voice, which can also account for the overall tone of the book. In conclusion, I would say that this book was very hard to get through, and could have been narrated better. George Macdonald is one of my favorite storytellers, but not one of my favorite preachers.
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