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Bonhoeffer Audiobook

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, this is a groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler. A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism.

After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the twentieth century and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.

©2010 Eric Metaxas (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“In Hitler's Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life…Eric Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s story with passion and theological sophistication.” (Wall Street Journal)

“A passionate narrative voice combines with meticulous research…Insightful and illuminating, this tome makes a powerful contribution to biography, history, and theology.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Metaxas presents a complete, accessible picture of this important figure, whose story is inspiring, instructive, and international in scope.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    E. baker Southern Maryland 12-13-13
    E. baker Southern Maryland 12-13-13

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    "Best look into the heart of Nazi Germany available"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and would recommend this to all students of history, and those who want to understand the need to rebut corrupt practices within their own governments.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy his ability to bring out the characters in the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry at the injustice, the acts of cruelty and the unnecessary war that was fought.


    Any additional comments?

    Great opportunity for learning and seeing how not responding gives power to the morally depraved.

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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 11-20-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 11-20-13
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    "Sub-par narration to accompany a brilliant story"
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the most overlooked individuals of the 20th century. It is very rare to find such a gifted theologian who puts his belief system into practice and actually ends up making the ultimate sacrifice for it. Bonhoeffer was such a man. Having found asylum, a future, and security in America, he returned to Germany to support his people and plot to remove Hitler. He was tragically executed at Hitler's command weeks before the fall of the 3rd Reich.

    This story details the extraordinary events surrounding Dietrich's life while going to great lengths to paint a colorful picture of his ethos and personality through a series of stories. It is awakening and reorienting when considering who we deem to be the heroes of WW2 (Churchill, Roosevelt etc..) when we learn that these men and many more would not even speak to Bonhoeffer and the German resistance because their war efforts and propaganda campaigns depended on their people believing that all Germans were inherently evil and that "the only good German is a dead German."

    Unfortunately, the narration is not befitting of such an epic biography. Monotone delivery with minimal modulation and I found my mind often drifted to other agendas of the day. For this reason, I would recommend that this book be read and not listened to.

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    MeliDe Atlanta, GA 09-25-13
    MeliDe Atlanta, GA 09-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Story, Amazing Man, Amazing Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bonhoeffer to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I didn't have time to read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing about Bonhoeffer's courage to stand up for his beliefs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he visited a church in Harlem and, for the first time, truly experienced the Holy Spirit's presence. Would love to see Bonhoeffer's life as a movie, especially this scene.


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    joan bemidji, MN, United States 09-20-13
    joan bemidji, MN, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "did not care for, wish to get refunded"
    What disappointed you about Bonhoeffer?

    slow moving story, did not know what to expect. just did not care for story line. wish to get a refund.


    What could Eric Metaxas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    none for now


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    could not listen , too boring and slow moving


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    did not listen to whole story, too slow moving to get any info out of the little i listen too


    Any additional comments?

    can i get a credit back again for this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13
    Steve Medina, NY USA 08-23-13

    Eclectic and mindful. Enjoy literary forensics with an eye on how the effects of postmodern deconstruction shapes our worldview.

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    "A very important biography"
    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    Yes, I would listened this work again because it provides insight into how 20th century socialist governments suppress Christianity. The treatment of Bonhoeffer and subsequent persecution is an example of courage similar to the Dalai Lama's resistance to Maoists. In addition, listening to Bonhoeffer's story helps better understand post-war shifts in Christianity as evidenced by Willem Barth's work. Finally, understanding Bonhoeffer's work in Harlem provides depth and insights into the growth of a sort of non-Catholic liberation theology that underpinned the religious foundation of the African-American civil rights movement from the late 1940's though the 1960's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about Bonhoeffer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bonhoeffer's decision to return to Germany.


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    Amazon Customer 03-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Protect the innocent and helpless. Stand for truth and goodness and your soul will be happy and blessed.

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    "Saving the helpless"

    Bonhoeffer is an example of what it means to be a Christian. He stood for the helpless
    even at the cost of his own life.
    This is an example of someone who did not have to risk his life but did.
    He was not on Hitler's "hit list" until he began to assist the Jews.
    Bonhoeffer will always be remember as a great man while
    Hitler is known as a murderous coward.
    This book should be read by all who want to change the world for better.
    I hope I could be this courageous if faced with evil as he was.

    Malcolm did a great job narrating.


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    Erika Montgomery, AL, United States 03-11-13
    Erika Montgomery, AL, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bonhoeffer, one of my favorite bios"
    Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

    Yes, this was a wonderful biography of a great man. Metaxas' format was well laid out, providing plenty of early life experience of Bonhoeffer to get a feel of the man. I was sure I was going to cry when they executed him but it was so well written and a reminder of the faith of this man that lead him to the very spot of execution and he faced it with joy; I couldn't help but rejoice with him.
    With the benefit of hindsight it is a marval to us how Hitler could have been elected, ruled, and destroyed the German state the way he did. One of the strengths of this book was putting you into the time period, reminding you that the Germans of 1930 had no idea what was coming; the hell that was on its way was slow in coming. They were the frog in the water where the heat was being turned up slowly.


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For one thing, he pronounced all the names with a great German accent!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Events surrounding the last few days before his execution.


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    What did you love best about Bonhoeffer?

    This book offers great historical connections and insights within the great story of Bonhoeffer's life. The author does a wonderful job of weaving in and out of global, local, and personal stories of Bonhoeffer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really brought this great man to life. I not only understand what Bonhoeffer went through, but feel as if we could have been friends. That was brought about by Metaxas and his splendid writing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His writings on Christians in conflict is wonderful. But the love story was quite compelling as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not possible to listen in one sitting nor would you want to. There is so much depth and meat to the story that you really have to take time to analyse it. Entering into his life is insightful into your own. He did so much in his short life that it is challenging to mine.


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    J. McGee 02-23-13
    J. McGee 02-23-13

    meandtheboys

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    "You will be moved and changed by this book"

    Eric Metaxas does a comprehensive and touching job of covering the life of a most amazing man, German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This book will likely change you and your relationship with God as it did me, as Bonhoeffer's love of God and commitment to live the Bible is both humbling and inspiring. The story gives the detailed history of Bonhoeffer's life, his philosophy and of the destruction of the Church of Germany with the rise of Nazism and the separation of the Confessing Church in protestation.

    Through this telling of Bonhoeffer's life, you will come to know and love Bonhoeffer and his entire family and his dearest friends; you will be inspired to more fully live your faith as you read about their commitment to do whatever they could, many of them ultimately sacrificing their lives, to save Germany from Hitler. I was grateful for the focus on Bonhoeffer and the history of the church and the minimalist coverage of the actual atrocities.

    Malcolm Hillgartner's narration of this audio book is one of the finest to which I have ever listened. I was sad to come to the end of this book, as I miss all the people very much.

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    Marilyn Patterson, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Marilyn Patterson, CA, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and engaging read"
    What did you love best about Bonhoeffer?

    This book did a great job of portraying Bonhoeffer and his environment. The picture that was portrayed of his life and devotion to God were vivid and inspiring. I don't tend to read a lot of biographies and this one kept me engaged from beginning to end.


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