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  • Paul

  • A Biography
  • By: N. T. Wright
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and best-selling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology - transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church's most widely cited saints.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different type of writing for Wright is helpful

  • By Adam Shields on 04-25-18

Another wonderful Wright work.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This volume is an excellent intro into Paul, particularly for the New Testament novice or for the longtime Christian who has little theological exposure. Wright obviously forecasts his perspective (new) on Paul’s life and teaching. But his view happens to be, in my opinion, the accurate historical assessment of the subject.

Paul may be, as Wright ventures, the most important public intellectual of all time. He accomplished the evangelization of much of the known world while paying his own way, making tents. His vocation compelled him to navigate toxic cultural and ethnic divides, for the ultimate goal of preaching the unity of Jew and Gentile. What an inspiration he continues to be in our current, divisive epoch.

Wright is one of the finest theologians of our time, and while this work is highly accessible, it is also educational, intricate, and nuanced.

All would be better having read this book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • American Caesar

  • Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 31 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Honest Portrayal of a Flawed Hero

  • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

Masterfully written and narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Manchester is, of course, a genius. This book joins his works on Churchill and the Middle Ages as a beautiful literary tribute to their subjects and the craft. Manchester’s prose is perhaps the greatest of the American 20th Century.
He was aided by extraordinary subject matter. The General deserves volumes, and only Manchester could do him justice in one.
Gardner does really well narrating. He fits the time and subject matter, particularly as the narrative rolls into WWI and beyond.

Great read!

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,830

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This was a fantastic story, narrated fantastically. You actually learn a lot of nautical and meteorological terminology, but it’s not daunting to listen to and enjoy.

This was the heroic age of exploration, and this book is a tribute to the indomitable human spirit.

  • Bonhoeffer

  • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,463

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Message That Needs To Be Heard

  • By Douglas on 01-28-13

Inspirational

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-02-17

This book is beautifully written and well narrated. Bonhoeffer is a bright, unrelenting light against the growing, dreadful, and ultimately immersive darkness of the 3rd Reich. The story is bleak and raw at times, particularly toward the end, but that makes it the more moving. Metaxas writes well , and i noticed a marked improvement from his prior book on Wilberforce (which was still very good).

Definitely recommend.