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If you think you know Francis of Assisi, you're in for a surprise.

Discover the astonishing life of Brother Francis, the fun-loving son of wealth and privilege who gave up everything for the sake of Christ.

As a young soldier, he encountered suffering. As a victim of war, he began a search for inner-meaning that would redirect his life. As a holy beggar, he embraced lepers, shook hands with the Pope, debated a sultan, and touched the lives of millions.

Now the power and passion of one of the world's most popular saints is captured in Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi, an exciting 10-part audio drama from the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. Dozens of accomplished, award-winning actors bring characters to life, and cinematic sound and music will quicken the imagination. An unforgettable experience that will inspire your heart and stir your soul.

Joseph Timms as Francis
Janie Dee as Pica di Bernardone
Owen Teale as Pietro di Bernardone
Daniel Philpott as Angelo di Bernardone
Geoffrey Palmer as Signior Ferrante
Harry Lloyd as Bernardo
Theo Maggs as Turo
Elizabeth Counsell as Lady Belladucci
Peter Moreton as Sir Marius
Dominic Hecht as Leonardo
Richard O’Callaghan as Bishop Guido
Ian Cullen as Don Peter
David Oakley as The Jailer
Guy Siner as Bishop Giovanni
Julian Wadham as Pope Innocent III
Wendy Craig as Lady Jacoba
Stuart Pendred as Don Michelino
Christopher Leveaux as Peter Cataneo
Raffey Cassidy as Clare (The Younger)
Finty Williams as Clare (The Elder) / Branca
Brian Deacon as Favorone
Michael Haughey as Monaldo
Emma Flett as Sister Humiliana
Katie Foster-Barnes as Pacifica Favorone
Robert Benfield as Renaldo
Chris Emmett as Griso
Richard Everett as Brother Duccio
Martin O’Brien as Brother Illuminato
Simon Jones as Cardinal Pelagio
Raad Rawi as The Sultan
Philip Sherlock as Kadin
Mervyn Stutter as Duke Leopold
Nick Burnell as Saracen Commander
Simon Cassidy as German Guard
Philip Cumbus as Brother Elias
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Rufino
Tom Alexander as Brother Giles
Philip Bird as Renzo
Justin Butcher as Mercuzio
and David Suchet as The Voice

©2016 Augustine Institute (P)2016 Augustine Institute

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Incredible!

This audiobook is incredible! A full cast theatre that really brings you into the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. I laughed, I cried and really got totally engrossed in the storytelling. It left me wanting to learn more about Saint Francis and wishing that the audiobook did not have to end. I think Radio Theatre really is the best term to describe this masterpiece because it is unlike any other audiobook I have listened too.

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Like no other

Christian or not, this audio drama will move you and bring you to vibrant imagination of the extraordinary life of one of the greatest men to ever live.

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It's like watching a movie

Good actors, narrator, sound effects, that I could almost see them like watching a movie ! Truly enjoyed!

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Amazing!

Inspiring story and narration. Would definitely recommend. 🤓 🤓 🤓 🤓 🤓 🤓 🤓 🤓

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A wonderful encounter with the life of St Francis

Well written, and well produced. We are invited to join Francis in the sounds and conversations at the highlights of his life. It's a journey well worth taking.

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Extraordinary

This was one of the best productions I have ever come across in my life. The voice actors combined with the sound effects and excellent writing make this drama captivating. It was incredibly awe-inspiring!!! The voices were authentic and the story made me want to sell all my belongings and live with the poor like the real Francis. I hope this company makes many more productions like this. It was superior to a movie and/or a book in many ways - the imagination really got to play along with story. BRAVO.

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Wonderful!!

Great story of a remarkable man whose love for God reveals so much to all. Awesome performances and delightful musical arrangements. A masterpiece!

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great book

this book gives great insight of brother Francis. this is a great book and is highly recommended.

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different!

Would you listen to Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi again? Why?

Don't think so, once was enough.

What did you like best about this story?

The passionate, emotional performances

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This audiobook is unlike anything I've ever listened to before. It was like a radio play, with background sounds, music, and a large cast.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

emotional journey

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St. Francis as You've Never Heard Him Before

What did you love best about Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint of Assisi?

I loved the story best. It's so immersive and emotional. I felt like I knew him personally by the time it was over.

What did you like best about this story?

I love that you get the whole story not just bits and pieces of it.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the other two productions by the Augustine Institute and loved them. They are all excellent productions that suck you in until you've finished.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No crying. But yes, I did laugh a lot St. Francis had several good comebacks.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to hear more from this company about what's next.

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  • Viv H
  • 09-14-17

great listen

this is a fascinating performance about the life of Francis of Assisi. great cast, informative