Filled with humor, wisdom and loving detail, the powerful story of Peter Marshall's life has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people. It's a story about love - the love between a dynamic man and his God, and the tender love between a man and the woman he married. It is also the gripping adventure of a poor Scottish immigrant who became chaplain of the United States Senate and one of the most revered men in America.
A Man Called Peter became the number-one best-seller when it was published in 1951, and around the world lives were changed by reading of the chaplain's remarkable faith.
In the foreword to this audiobook, Peter's son writes, "Even when [Dad's] words were preached 'secondhand'. . . in the movie version of A Man Called Peter, they had an amazing effect on people." Through Peter's story and the compelling sermons and prayers included in A Man Called Peter, you will discover insight into God, man, and life on earth and hereafter. You will also be encouraged by the realization that "if God can do so much for a man called Peter, he can do as much for you."
©1999 Catherine Marshall; ©2010 Oasis Audio
Catherine Marshall was a gifted author. The story is extraordinary and inspirational. I have found it most uplifting. The narration by Renee Ertl, however, is sadly lacking. She has a pleasant voice, but mispronounces many words and has a halting, stilted style of reading. She constantly misinterprets phrases, putting odd emphasis and pauses where they don't belong. It interferes with the listening experience, causing you to focus on her style instead of this great biography of an exceptional man. You are constantly aware that she is reading, and not very well. It's a lot like an elementary school student struggling to read poetry without inflicting it with an unnatural sing-song. Too bad. I'll never get another audio book performed by her. Doesn't anyone listen to these things before they are released for distribution?
I am not especially religious, but I first read this book as a teenager 50 years ago, and some of this man's words have stayed with me for half a century. Most of them are in the sermons at the end of the book. In this revised edition there is a long, boring introduction by Peter John Marshall (their son) in which he states that he replaced one of the sermons his mother selected with one of his own favorites. Again, where are the sermons? This book is NOT unabridged. I agree with other reviewers that the reader is awful, but surely a good narrator (preferable male because Marshall was male) could have been found to read the sermons of this man.
Though he died before I was born, I have been inspired for decades by both the book and the movie biographies of Peter Marshall. The story will inspire anyone who is interested in learning what one person can do when they are truly committed to doing what God wants from them. Both Peter Marshall and his wife, Catherine, the book's author, touched thousands of people in countless ways throughout their lives and continue to do so years after their deaths.
Naturally the story is dated in many ways, from Marshall's views about women's roles to archaic ethnic terms. If understood for its time and place, though, it is still extremely powerful. Book, movie, and audio book are all effective, though of course the movie offers fewer details and takes some dramatic license. Most purchasers will find them enjoyable.
However, a caution is in order about the audio book. The reader has a pleasant enough voice, but for those who notice the finer points of grammar and diction, frankly she's woeful.
She mangles many words, either by placing the emphasis on the wrong syllable (perSONage, dispenSARy, imPOtently) or by simply garbling the pronunciation (diagnotician for diagnostician). She emphasizes the wrong word in the sentence for the context. She doesn't try very hard to use a Scottish accent, but it would be better if she didn't try at all than to fail so utterly, such as pronouncing "guid" as "guide." It's inexcusable (especially in a book about a Scot!) to pronounce important locations like Culloden as CULL-uh-dun, Loch Lomond as Lock LoMOND (as if it were in France, instead of Scotland!), and Edinburgh as EdinBURG.
I love the story enough to go on listening despite thinking repeatedly that the publisher should be downright ashamed to release a work with so many errors. But if this would ruin it for you, read the print edition instead and/or see the wonderful movie. May it inspire you, as it does me, to follow God as committedly as the Marshalls did.
It should have been written by a non-involved 3rd party.
She is his wife, but she sounded too proud of him and herself.
This book had no pizazz. Boring.
I loved her book Christy but found myself very disappointed in this.
This book is supposed to be about a man full of faith. He was, but this is a boring book.
"Worst Narration EVER!"
Being narrated by someone who can pronounce the Scottish place-names and words.
Never in a million years.
That "Lock LoMOND" mispronunciation described by another reviewer is so awful! Also the reference to "Bell-shill" instead of "Bells-hill". And "Edinbur" instead of Edinburgh. I could go on but I won't. The narrator ruins this book completely. A real tragedy.
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