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.
“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)
A life-and-death battle of good versus evil -- how can it be boring? And yet it is.
Metaxas's narrative is jumbled and disjointed. It's hard to follow the overall story because he keeps jumping around and introducing details that are irrelevant to the matter at hand.
Hilgartner's bumbling narration does not help. Hilgartner is a typical Audible.com narrator: He has a fantastic radio voice and nice diction for individual words, but almost no sense of story. The narrator's mind appears to have wandered off. He reads each sentence like it is a pronunciation exercise. Hilgartner is a talented reader of words and sentences, but shows little interest in reading paragraphs or chapters. He tries to make each individual sentence sound dramatic, but that's not how prose works, neither in fiction nor in non-fiction. When every sentence is read with an elevated sense of drama, then all the sentences sound the same, and the reader's emotional pitches lose their force. The reading becomes dull.
Bonhoeffer's story should be fascinating and captivating and inspiring. But each time I listen to this audiobook, my mind wanders off. I really want to learn about this guy Bonhoeffer, but this audiobook is a slog.
haunter of libraries
Good narration, inspiring person. The fact that he had a such a good attitude makes most of us look pretty petty.
This book takes its place in the library of my personal favorites. I intend to listen to this audio again and again as I desire to make part of my own character the strength and conviction of being that was Dietrich Bonhoeffer!
addicted to reading
simply loved this book. ours a hats story, and seems like a tragedy, until you remember Boenhoffer's perspective. simply beautiful ... and wonderfully read! I truly enjoyed Malcolm Hillgartner's rendition. outstanding!
This work has changed me as a person. Metaxas makes the very best use of historical fact by using it to teach the reader how a great man like Dietrich Bonhoeffer handled life's delights and challenges. Bonhoeffer's theology is reflected throughout this work in a way that helps us make Bonhoeffer's story our own. colorful enough for the story lover and deep enough for the philosopher- I would recommend this as a book on theology as much as a historical narrative.
Hillgartner narrates impressively, including the German and Latin texts.
"Wonderful" is all I have to say. I recommend this to all my friends!
I have heard of Bonhoeffer for years but never studies much about him. I'm glad I finally has the opportunity to remedy that. One of the best books I have read in some time.
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