You no longer follow Richard

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Richard

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Richard

Quantico, VA, United States | Listener Since 2002

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 1 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 101 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • The Song of Bernadette

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Franz Werfel
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Considered one of the greatest novels of simple and triumphant religious faith to be published in the 20th century, how the The Song of Bernadette came to be written is an inspirational - even miraculous - story in its own right. In June 1940, famed Austrian author Franz Werfel and his beautiful wife, Alma Mahler, were on a desperate flight across France, seeking to escape certain death at the hands of the Nazi invaders. Franz had written many articles and given many radio speeches denouncing their tyranny.

    John says: "Marvelous!"
    "Good Book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The Song of Bernadette tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous who claimed to have visions of Mary, the mother of God in Lourdes, France in 1858.

    This story is long and slow. I decided to listen to the audiobook while walking in the mornings and it turned out to be a really good decision. If I had read the book, I would only have been able to read a few pages at a time.

    The author was hiding out from the Nazis in Lourdes and states that he made a promise to God to tell the story of Bernadette. While this may sound as if the book will be complete indoctrination, it is not. Werfel clearly is sympathetic and partial to Bernadette, as the inhabitants of Lourdes likely were when telling the story, but the skepticism of and inquiries into the visions are also retold. For those who are religious or love to read about the lives of saints, I believe you will find this story to be inspiring. If you do not, this book is not for you.

    Werfel does a good job of portraying Bernadette's experiences and his characters are well developed. It was an interesting story but there is not a whole lot of action in it. However, Werfel does portray the consequences of Bernadette's claims in all arenas- family, community, political and religious. The depiction of those aspects, while slow-paced, is also noteworthy because the narrative is more comprehensive.

    I listened to the Audible.com version of The Song of Bernadette which is read by Johanna Ward. Ward does an excellent job; the recording is clear and lively.

    3 out of 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.