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  • The Last Week

  • What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem
  • By: Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion. Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic review

  • By Valerie on 02-24-12

Well Worth the Listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Any additional comments?

I took a small risk purchasing The Last Week, as I knew nothing of the authors and am not a deeply religious person.
This audiobook is a reflection on the Gospel of Mark, the oldest of the canonical gospels and the one possibly least laden with theology.
The authors offered well-considered insights into Mark that I found at once fascinating and useful. (No spoilers here, though!)
In the end, I was very happy to have purchased this book and invested the time listening to it. Although I didn't agree with all that was said, Borg and Crossan helped me to interesting and important insights regarding the Gospel.

  • The Prophet's Freedom (1968)

  • By: Thomas Merton
  • Narrated by: Thomas Merton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

These are some of the most fascinating Thomas Merton lectures ever recorded. Recorded in the last year of his life, these talks capture Merton as he ponders profound questions in an accessible, down-to-earth way. You will glean insight from Merton on a wide range of subjects, all held together by his conviction in our call to live in freeing obedience to the Holy Spirit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By σωφροσύνη on 12-09-17

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

How could the performance have been better?

I purchased this recording on the basis of Thomas Merton's excellent reputation and popularity in his own time.
Given that he was a Trappist monk after coming from a background well informed by modern Western culture, I was hoping to learn something of the prophet's role in modern society.
Instead, Merton offered a thinly veiled, neo-Marxist diatribe, informed by the hippy trends of his day and re-communicated using religious language.
For me, his discussion seemed quite unreflective of the underlying ideas, and offered nothing new or insightful.
I was so disappointed in the shallow repetition of Marxist ideology using a religious cloak that I can't see myself purchasing anything else by Merton.
I guess that I will continue to look elsewhere.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did like the fact that this was a live lecture to an interested audience of nuns. The production lent a sense of authenticity to the recording.

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