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C. J. Gawley

Connecticut | Member Since 2005

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  • 4 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Hahn
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one of the most looked-to contemporary authorities in these areas. In Letter and Spirit, Hahn extends the message he began in The Lamb's Supper, offering far-reaching and profound insights into what the Bible teaches us about living the spiritual life.

    Travis says: "This could easily be a 5 star download"
    "Profound"
    Overall

    This is a very good read. Hahn's work lends itself to an audio format because he is so thorough in emphasizing his themes. Hahn demonstrates the connection between liturgy and the bible so strongly that the book is refreshing for those catholics who sit through Mass each week; perhaps losing sight of the splendor of the Mass. Hahn reminds us of the power of the Word in Liturgy and how it has a supernatural effect. Strongly recommend it for catholics or for those thinking of becoming catholic or finally for those who are interested in understanding catholic worship.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Roman Lives (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Hodson, Plutarch
    • Narrated By Nicholas Farrell
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (10)

    Though he was Greek, Plutarch wrote his Lives in the first century, a world dominated by the Roman Empire. Here he considers some of the major figures who had left their stamp on the history of Rome, including generals, rulers, philosophers, and politicians. These unabridged selections focus on Coriolanus, Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, and Mark Antony.

    Kriss says: "Not Unabridged Selections"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    Narration and content are great. Only issue is that I wish that more Plutarch were available.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "One of the great novels ever"
    Overall

    This book, and this particular narration, are outstanding. I could not recommend this one any more strongly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (271)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "Excellent -- except author's pedantic essay at end"
    Overall

    This work is a wonderful rendering of the ancient epic tale of Gilgamesh. It is surprisingly rousing and touching. It truly is a timeless tale. The author does a masterful job of bringing the epic back to its rousing roots. The essay at the end, however, is extremely annoying. The author tries to convert the reader to his gnostic view of reality -- but in the typical post-modern sense of denying good and evil, extolling vice (in the guise of "sexual liberty"), making idiotic comparisons of the tale's moral to the current Persian Gulf war (and other similarly inane pop-political comparisons) and trying to convince the reader of the latent homosexuality of the tale's central characters (as if men cannot be deep friends without wanting to sodomize one another). The author should stick with his chosen art of translation and transliteration -- and leave the philosophizing the experts (or at least one who has seriously thought about good and evil).

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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