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Keith

Syracuse, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Gospel of Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Daniel L. Johnson
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    Garrison Keillor and Dan Johnson both grew up in the bosom of fundamentalism. Their shared love of the Bible and its stories led to this collaboration, which blends details from all the gospels into a single book-length story.

    Keith says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I love hearing Garrison Keillor tell stories, so I figured that the master storyteller and "the greatest story ever told" would be a perfect match.

    I was wrong.

    GK sounds as if he's simply reading this story, and not telling it. In fact, I've heard people read the lessons at church on a Sunday morning with more feeling and excitement than he seems to be putting in here.

    To be fair, he may have approached this as he would to reading one of the Sunday morning lessons, and not as if he were telling one of his Lake Wobegon stories; but reading a short passage in church is much different than reading something where you expect to hold the listener's attention for over an hour. The only reason I didn't fall asleep as I was listening was because I've been listening during my daily half-hour walks.

    And this brings us to another problem: the chapters are too long. They average over an hour each. As I said earlier, with chapters that long, the reader needs to be more dynamic, and I was disappointed with GK in that regard. But the other problem is that there are no natural breaks before the end of the chapter at which one could pause the book and come back to it later on.

    I started this audiobook after Ash Wednesday, thinking it would be a great thing to listen to during Lent. Now I'm starting to think of it as my Lenten sacrifice.

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