Audio for a quick and engaging flyover, print text for leisurely study and reflection.
Imaginative approach to Christian apologetics from a Catholic writer.
Love Chesterton's perspective on fairy tales.
Probably not. Though charming and entertaining, it taxes the listener to THINK.
I think Protestant evangelicals ought to challenge themselves to a reading marathon of thoughtful Catholic writers of the last century - starting with Chesterton, Tolkien, and Nouwen (and I say that as an evangelical Protestant!).
Jake Gyllenhaal's performance really keeps it moving. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting (couldn't put it down, so to speak).
Has universal appeal due to the perennially relevant themes of how: 1) the well-established wealthy and privileged tend to run right over the "little people" (literally, in this story); and 2) the "nouveau riche" (e.g. Gatsby) find that, in their life at the top, the "dream" continues to elude them.
Nick, the narrative voice through which we "see" the others. Jake Gyllenhaal is a perfect choice to channel this voice.
I think we are meant to be MAD at the carelessness of the old money (Tom, Daisy) and SAD at the destruction of the new money (Gatsby) in the vain pursuit of his dream. I felt both.
Stellar example of how a classic can be made highly palatable for a non-text-media-oriented contemporary audience. A GREAT LISTEN!
IRISH TRUE GRIT
Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Each renders the experiences of a painful Irish coming-of-age heartbreaking vivid (and side-splittingly funny, at times). Several obvious parallels in Joyce's and McCourt's early experiences. Both give us an inside look at growing up in traditional Catholic Ireland.
Himself, of course - but a superlative performance throughout!
I'll never forget the scenes of Frankie and his little brother being jerked out of bed late at night by a drunken father late, lined up like little soldiers, and made to sing patriotic songs and promise to die for Ireland!
While I LOVE this book and performance overall, I dislike the last chapter. I guess Frank's "sexual liberation" upon landing in America is supposed to be a declaration of independence from being poor and oppressed in Catholic Ireland, but I found this a disappointing, anti-climactic (no pun intended) conclusion to an otherwise generally great book.
YES. We try to listen to it every morning.
Obviously not! We're using the one-year Bible reading plan from Discipleship Journal.
Superlative readings of the Story of stories by well-known professional actors - marred by use of less-than-optimal translation and, above all, by annoyingly loud, repetitious, and highly distracting background music.
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