It wants to stand at arm's length from traditional religion, which I appreciate but at times it does get a bit snooty.
Dyson takes on the gulf between black and white by sampling sensitively the letter of a disgruntled white American.
It's impressive and needed knowledge. He narrated as though it was someone else's work, however. I never hear him speak like this on TV... so not him, so dispassionate and choppy.
I really appreciate Tongol's book recommendations after each chapter, showing how he has been helped and influence by others. This is not to discount his own path, because it is clear throughout that he has continued to discover, and it seems that he himself is surprised by the persistence of revelation making its way into his life. He is simply secure enough to not take all the credit, a confidence that is in itself appealing. I'm pretty impressed that someone in his 30s could traverse so much ground, from quasi-fundamentalism to religious freedom, and not be a prisoner of bitterness while chronicling it so superbly.
This account of the civil rights struggle comes across like the evening news. While I never did get used to aspects of the narration (Certain pronunciations like "Ni-gro" for "Negro". because the term comes up every couple of minutes or so, yet other words like "rums" for "rooms" didn'tmake me cringe) I find this both informative and entertaining. I don't doubt that this could improve race relations if it were widely read.
I will be sharing this book.
I wish, wish, wish I had books like this when I was a child! I think state school education in pretty much any country aims for patriotism in place of understanding. I have spent the past few years looking for history that doesn't bore and this one qualifies.
The narrator could have taken more pride in his work. He is easy to listen to, but I'm a teacher and cannot stand sloppiness. I require proofreading of my students and certainly expected fewer errors here. Sometimes I had to check the kindle version to ascertain what was actually written.
Here we have decades of important information wonderfully reduced to a brief volume. The narration is good when it's not venturing into character quotes. Then, instead of ever sounding like either North Africans or Subsaharans, it always sounds like Johnny Carson, which does not work well.
I've read 4 of his books. This is one where it seems the sex/rape scenes are more numerous and gratuitous, threatening to caricaturize the story. The recording had issues, too. Every now and then it will say something like, "This is the end of disk 9." Further, the book ended while there were about 8 chapters to go, as viewable on my device, but I could they were a repeat of earlier chapters.
My American Church History prof in seminary recommended that I read this after I raised a series of questions after class. I found too many holes in official accounts, including books on his syllabus.
Here my questions were answered. If you're uncomfortable with how Christianity has overlapped with nationalism, this could be helpful.
I think it would have been even more powerful if Dr. Boyd would have narrated his book.
Sometimes I listen to one or two audiobooks alternatively throughout the week but I could not interrupt this one. Mandela's story is as fascinating as any. With this book who needs action movies or dramas?
I've never heard a recording of Bonhoeffer's voice but I cannot imagine he'd impact his congregations with a monotone. This would be better if the delivery were more like that of an actual pastor.
I'd like more Bonhoeffer sermons, but maybe assign a public speaker to do it next time.
This is a fine book that becomes a tour de force with one of the best narrations I've heard, and I listen to audiobooks every day.
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