I am now listening to the Pope's latest book and I know why I like it so much. I LOVE reading Wright but it's too much work for this lowbrow American to process the British accent. Benedict XVI was wise to get a narrator who speaks American.
Answer: Kill them, unless you can torture them first. What was the question?
If you're looking for the country that ruthlessly eliminated indigenous peoples, tried to annex Canada in 1812, then annexed Texas from Mexico, then invaded Mexico, occupying Mexico City hoping to seize the continent by divine mandate, who invaded and conquered Hawaii, who then went after territories around the planet--you'll find she's alive and kicking, stomping and shooting.
This amply researched work reveals the dark side that so many pretend is not there or know is there but imagine there's nothing wrong with bellicose imperialism.
If this book won't provide a stroke of conscience, nothing will.
This a special combination of amazing historical narrative with the perfect choice of narrator.
Once again I am outraged at my public miseducation as a child. We lionized a few presidents. I was an adult before I truly discovered Andrew Jackson. I never really bothered with the uninteresting Polk and after Greenberg's work it's clear why. His record hardly supports the jingoism of the fairly tales of childhood pedagogy.
These guys make their "points" and make this listenable to academia while making sure not to leave a lay audience behind.
I feel like it would have been so much more had McClaren and Campolo narrated it--it lacks the enthusiasm I have found in their voices when they share their convictions.
I agree with Bishop Robinson's conclusions, but the presentation is terrible for something titled, "What the Bible Says..." Really? He can't remember whether Lot has one or two daughters, attributes a saying commonly attributed to Jesus to Paul--the "be in the world but not of the world" statement (which is a stretch even when crediting Jesus).
It sounds throughout like Robinson either read the Bible a long time ago and not since, or he's leaning on someone else's research and never read the Bible.
The tragedy in this is that opponents may use his errors to discredit his points. I am not an opponent.
Thomas DeWolf's personal reading lends to credibility. I've read a considerable amount of American history including black history--what makes this work stand out is the personal investment in uncovering uncomfortable realities.
For my part a bad narration is a deal breaker. This was outstanding. Even pronunciations of names and locations. in several languages were pretty authentic. Of course some of the geographic points are not the same as they were but current regions and nations were used to keep the reader engaged.
I should have sampled it instead of looking at the number of stars. I personally have difficulty remaining focused when listening to narrators with strong, albeit lovely, British accents. It's not just this book but any to which I listen.
From the foreword throughout it seems manipulative and perhaps with the military mind in view with all the jargon.
It wants to stand at arm's length from traditional religion, which I appreciate but at times it does get a bit snooty.
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