©1991 Henry Chadwick; (P)2007 Recorded Books, LLC
The late Henry Chadwick's English translation of the Confessions will likely never be excelled. It is an exceptional piece of scholarship, of the highest literary standard, from one of Oxford's supremely gifted. And what a brilliant move to present this audiobook with the compelling voice of Richard Ferrone (whom I came to appreciate in the John Sandford novels, a decidedly different genre)! Mr. Ferrone renders the subtle prose of Augustine flawlessly and sympathetically; in my imagination Augustine will henceforth sound like Ferrone! This combination gets my vote for the Nobel Prize of Spoken Literature. The best Audible book ever.
This is a beautiful translation, and is wonderfully read by the narrarator. I can't think of St. Augustine without thinking of this guys voice. He reads in a meditative way if that makes any sense, without going too fast or too slow. The sound quality is excellent!
Augustine's Confessions, especially in Chadwick's Translation and with Ferrone's soulful and penetrating narration, tells the story of the soul's journey back to God and the reflections, 25 years later, of God's gentle and merciful wooing of the lost and tattered self still bent on getting its own way.
Augustine reveals the universal longing for a life of wholeness and his prayers and piercing honesty draw my tired heart into self awareness on many late nights when I have gotten "lost among the many" - to quote one of the innumerable brilliant psychological sayings.
"Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you"
"I was hiding behind myself and you turned me to face you"
"You are closer to us than we are to ourselves"
It's an indespensible part of my audio library and it opens my own heart to God when I am dry, angry, and needing a pathway back to my True Home.
The narrator of this story has a great grasp of the tone and expression contained in St. Augustine's Confessions. He seamlessly renders this story with great emotion exactly as I imagine Augustine himself speaking it. To top off the experience, the narrator did not try to over-emphasize the "poetic rendering" style so often associated with these kinds of classics.
Most profound is that the confessions of Augustine are a truly beautiful piece of work from a man truly inspired of God.
The humility and immense transformation expressed in the mind and heart of Augustine as he relays his confessions.
This work has helped open my eyes to the nature of what confession means before a great and mighty God.
I strongly recommend this book to all Christians from every walk of life; no matter your association, this book will help you in the pursuit of truth we each must follow.
I've tried reading "Confessions" on two separate occasions, but failed miserably because the content is so deep and rich... and I didn't have time or energy to persevere. But the audible book is fantastic! I can listen on my Kindle while getting ready in the morning, switch over to my iPhone app in the car traveling to work, and pick up where I left off on my way home, and listen on my Kindle while making dinner. I'll finish this audiobook in less than three days and am excited to one day see the new film, "Restless Heart" based on this book. The narrator does an EXCELLENT job... he doesn't just read the words on the page, the feelings and emotions seep in and enrich your listening experience.
This reads like a modern book. Human nature remains the same after 1600 years--St. Augustine could be someone you pass on the street, supermarket, or see at the post office.
He knows what he's reading and he reads it well. I feel as if St. Augustine were talking directly to ME.
St. Augustine's conversion event actually brought tears to my eyes. Not too convenient because I was driving at the time, but the moment was portrayed brilliantly by Richard Ferrone.
If someone doesn't have time to read "Confessions" I absolutely recommend they listen to this audiobook. The spiritual nourishment I've received from this book is immeasurable! I only gave it a 5-star rating because there wasn't anything higher.
My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!
Although, I am not a Catholic, this book, nonetheless captivated my attention. St. Augustan comes off as a very humble man. I was fascinated by his insights.
This has been a great listen all-around. The translation of this classic text is both faithful and accessible - far easier to understand than the old translations I read in school which seemed to try and match the tone of the KJV instead of providing the clarity found here. Because of this ease of access, I found myself thoroughly enthralled in the second, philosophical section of the text (the first section focusing primarily upon Augustine's autobiography). I now have a much greater respect for Augustine who seems less like the narrow-focused idol some have made him into and more like he would enjoy a modern physics course followed by a rousing coffee shop discussion on the merits of tinkering with a variety of interpretational perspectives to derive a greater understanding of both scripture and the world. The narrator does a fantastic job of adapting his voice to the needs of the text to help create this more lively and intimate view of the author. This is certainly an audiobook I would recommend to a varied audience as it doesn't have that rigid, stale formality that usually gets applied to this text.
This translation and reading of Augustine is brilliant. Where this book is weak in its translation it makes up for in the narration of Richard Ferrone. Ferrone does a great job of reading this book with great authority and makes the heavy words of Augustine enjoyable.
The most depressing book I've encountered. Whenever Augustine runs up against a logical problem he just spouts 8 pages of "god is groovy, I hate myself."
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