Fear and Trembling

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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From the perspective of an unbeliever, Fear and Trembling explores the paradox of faith, the nature of Christianity, and the complexity of human emotion. Kierkegaard examines the biblical story of Abraham, who was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac, and forces us to consider Abraham's state of mind. What drove Abraham, and what made him carry out such an absurd and extreme request from God? Kierkegaard argues that Abraham's agreement to sacrifice Isaac, and his suspension of reason, elevated him to the highest level of faith. He explores more comprehensible alternatives, but in each one Abraham fails the test of faith, thus showing that true faith cannot be explained, understood, or made rational.

His thesis is a compelling counterpoint to Hegel, who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought, and it proved a significant source of inspiration to later existentialist philosophers such as Camus and Sartre.

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Great book and Formidable Narration

Enough has been written on this marvelous work. Here, I have nothing to add,
As for the narration, before buying this audio-book I seriously considered if hearing instead of reading was appropriate considering the nature of this work. But now am short of word to praise the magnificent performance of Mark Meadows in a task that is as challenging as it could be. Kierkegaard's thoughtfulness and poetics, drama and perplexity have found a perfect translation in a narration that is by itself a work of art.

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Refreshingly clear

Very clear Thesis. Very nicely orated. My favorite from Soren K. this far. I definitely recommend.

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very thought provoking

The concepts presented were to difficult to grasp through an audible book. I've got the print book on the way.

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Great Insight

This is my first exposure to Soren Kierkegaard, and I must say; it was very impressive! His dedication to properly understanding faith in God, is for me, awe inspiring. In this audiobook, we are given insight into the often peculiar nature of active faith. And personally, I was able to fully identify with the vivid descriptions Mr. Kierkegaard deftly shares.

Also, Mark Meadows did an excellent job in reading the text of this audiobook. Indeed, Naxon who produced this audiobook, did a superb job in all areas related to its production and presentation! And finally, I happily recommend Fear and Trembling.

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