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Chesswiz

School teacher & information junkie, with interests in chess, music, western history & civilization, theology, philosophy, & spirituality.

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  • The Song of Bernadette

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Franz Werfel
    • Narrated By Johanna Ward
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    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!"
    "Great performance of a moving work"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Song of Bernadette the most enjoyable?

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts on Pilgrimage: A Daily Devotional Experience Filled with Music, Prayer and Scripture

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sara E. Singleton
    • Narrated By Various Artists
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    >Hearts on Pilgrimage provides the opportunity to breathe in God's Word, and respond through contemplative worship, allowing the Holy Spirit to water our souls and prepare us for daily service. This audio devotional includes twenty 12-to-15-minute segments, meant to nourish you throughout four, five-day work week.

    Chesswiz says: "A great way to start the day"
    "A great way to start the day"
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    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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