The late Henry Chadwick's English translation of the Confessions will likely never be excelled. It is an exceptional piece of scholarship, of the highest literary standard, from one of Oxford's supremely gifted. And what a brilliant move to present this audiobook with the compelling voice of Richard Ferrone (whom I came to appreciate in the John Sandford novels, a decidedly different genre)! Mr. Ferrone renders the subtle prose of Augustine flawlessly and sympathetically; in my imagination Augustine will henceforth sound like Ferrone! This combination gets my vote for the Nobel Prize of Spoken Literature. The best Audible book ever.
The voice is different, so I'm not sure that John Sandford actually penned this novel, but it is an absorbing tale of Middle Eastern politics encroaching on the tidy world of southern Minnesota.
The conclusion was stupid and depressing, but at least it did come as a relief that I had finally reached the end of this audiobook. It counts as one of the five worst in my many years as an Audible customer.
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