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I recently watched the movie for the first time since I was a boy, and it moved me to wonder about the book on which the film was based. This recording proved a welcome companion on my morning commute, as the narration is outstanding. Johanna Ward manages to convey a remarkable array of characters consistently and convincingly, and brings off the French passages flawlessly. I wish the author had devoted less space to the political intrigues that followed upon Bernadette's visions, but even those portions flow smoothly because of the fine narration. If you want an objective account of the events at Lourdes, this isn't the best source; but as a dramatic re-telling of their impact and significance, this book is hard to beat.
I've been using this for my morning devotions, and have found it helpful. The prayers and readings are well-chosen, and the length of each day's liturgy (10-15 minutes) suits my needs perfectly. The mix of musical styles is sometimes a bit jarring, and the narration occasionally a bit gee-whiz, but on the whole I recommend this warmly.
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