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Louanne Flanagan Caspar

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  • Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Dubbed the "Dumb Ox" by his classmates for his shyness, Saint Thomas Aquinas proved to be possessed of the rarest brilliance, justifying the faith of his teacher, Albertus Magnus, and sparking a revolution in Christian thought. Chesterton's unsurpassed examination of Aquinas' thinking makes his philosophy accessible to listeners of any generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book on Thomas in English

  • By John Kress on 05-02-16

Dense and Difficult to Understand

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Chesterton’s writing style is dense and difficult to understand for most modern readers. I have no doubt that his logic and philosophy and theology are sound. But for every one idea that made its way into my conscience I’m sure there were 10 others that did not make it in because the language was so inaccessible to me.

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  • The Sword of the Lictor

  • The Book of the New Sun, Book 3
  • By: Gene Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle

  • By Darwin8u on 01-13-13

Interesting In Parts

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-17

I find this series interesting it part. But mostly I find it frustrating. The author has conceived of an impressive universe but the parts of it I find interesting like Severian's life in the Guild of Torturers or his position as Lictor of Thrax he seems very quick to leave behind in favor of disjointed, hard to follow episodes. I never fully understand what is going on or why the characters do what they do. Nor do I have any real sense where the story is going or what is at stake. All of this makes it difficult to become invested in the story or the characters.