I prefer listening to this kind of book rather than reading it because I can get through it while driving or walking.
As a Catholic priest, I would naturally be sympathetic to the argument of the author, but as a human being, I am always concerned with an author's learning, logic, honesty, and openness. I think St. Augustine rates high in all these categories. Even if one would not agree with him in a given instance, I think most people would at least say he had good reasons for his opinion, expressed them well, and did not needlessly minimize the opinions of others. I would in fact think of this work as something of a model for "ecumenical dialogue."
I would rate the narrator of this book as "born for this kind of presentation." His English accent adds class to the reading. In fact, I may tackle his narration of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire one of these days.
Finally, compared to the translation we have in our house library, I would consider this translation more elegant, clearer, and much more acceptable to the modern ear.
Interesting, provocative, bracing
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria--where I learned that Greek physicians, builing on Egyptian expertise with mummies, used cadavers to make great strides in a science that was mostly taboo in the Greek and Roman worlds
Probably the chapter that considered the medical, moral, and religious aspects of
This book could not possibly appeal to all readers. But for people who are curious about ALL aspects of life (and death), I think this book would be THE one to read. I was personally appreciative of the breadth and depth of the author's coverage of a subject that I would probably never have pursued except for the book.
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