The lectures herewith presented have been prepared in accordance with the request and appointment of the First Presidency of the Church. The greater number of the addresses were delivered before the Theology Class of the Church University; and, after the close of the class sessions, the lectures were continued before other Church organizations engaged in the study of theology. To meet the desire expressed by the Church authorities - that the lectures be published for use in the various educational institutions of the Church - the matter has been revised, and is now presented in this form.
In anticipation of probable question or criticism regarding the disparity of length of the several lectures, it may be stated that each of the addresses occupied two or more class sessions, and that the present arrangement of the matter in separate lectures is rather one of compilation than of original presentation.
©2013 MonkeyBone Publications (P)2013 MonkeyBone Publications
Yes--if you can get past the narrator's bland and rapid style.
The narrator, Peter Bierma, enunciates very precisely, and reads quite rapidly and in a monotone voice. So rapidly and so monotone, in fact, that I'm still not sure that a human being was narrating, and not a computer or robot. To me, it was very disappointing, because the content is very interesting and deep. Could be so much richer if the narrator put just a little feeling into it.
The book is fantastic! A classic, you might say. However, the narrator in this version missed several pronunciations. it was actually quite annoying.
The information contained herein is very important and valuable. It was long and sometimes difficult to keep focusing, especially because the reading of it was quite dry. It was unsettling to me that the narrator was not familiar with the correct pronunciation of the names in the Book of Mormon, and many in the Bible as well. There were also other, non-scriptural words he pronounced oddly. It was very distracting.
The book was good. I've read the physical book before but I couldn't get past the readers voice. It was like he was reading it in fast forward. Take a break and slow down. It drove me crazy. Also I didn't like his pronunciation of most of the names and places. It was all off. I'm sorry the content inside the book is great unfortunately the reader just ruined it for me.
If the narrator knew how to pronounce words from the book of Mormon and the Bible correctly.
The consistent miss pronunciation of simple gospel words such as Enoch, Moroni, Helaman, doth, Alma, etc... Clearly he is completely unfamiliar with any scripture whatsoever.
He also seem to want to race through the book. Instead of reading the book like a story or lecture, you read that again without proper pausing for emphasis. Completely ruined it for me.
The book was great, but the narrator ruined it.
Amazing book, but so poorly narrated it will make you stop listening. I'm pretty sure the narrator is either anti Mormon or got into something that he clearly knows nothing about. This is so poorly read I can't believe it's still on audible.
Among faith based books it ranks right at the top. Very insightful with ideas I'd never considered before. It's also well researched and structured in such a way that makes it easy to understand and follow.
His voice isn't very dynamic and he mispronounces a LOT of names.
I know that people have different accents, and there are different ways of correctly pronouncing certain words (tomato, Caribbean, data, etc.), but some of his pronunciations are so weird that they are very distracting and/or hard to understand. Most names do have a correct way of pronouncing them, and he mispronounces probably about half of them. It's as though he'd never even heard someone correctly pronounce the names before he read them aloud. Fore example, Moroni he pronounces "More-o-knee" and Helaman he pronounces "Hell ahman". He also pronounces "epoch" as "ee - POCK", which threw me each time he said it for the first few times and I couldn't understand what he was saying until I could finally connect the context.
One would think that when narrating a religious work, that you would first start by understanding how to correctly pronounce any difficult or unknown names or terms. Not so with this book. The narrator's pronunciation of almost all of the proper names was off. Some of these mistakes were so bad, that were it not for the great content of the book, I would have turned it off after the first chapter.
The content of the text is great, however the narration was extremely fast or rushed, with mispronunciations. It's like he was trying to cut an 18 hour audio book into14 hours.
It's one of the best
It would have been much better if the Narrator had learned to pronounce the names properly, for example the worst was Moroni He pronounced it Ma-ro-knee. What the heck is that, it is not even close. There are more, Noah being one again along the same line of his lack of understanding, pronounced his name No-eee. It’s like fingernails on a chock board to hear the name’s mispronounced over and over again.
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