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Lord of the World

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Secular humanism has triumphed. Everything the late Victorians and Edwardians believed would bring human happiness has been achieved: Technology has made it so no one needs to work for a living, the social sciences ensure a smooth-running social order, and, in the name of tolerance, religious beliefs have been uprooted and eliminated except for a single holdout - a largely discredited and rapidly shrinking Catholic Church. Yet people are unhappy.

What has been created is a sterile world of crass materialism, a world without spiritual dimension, a world where people daily choose legalized euthanasia over the emptiness of existence. Out of this culture of despair, there arises a charismatic leader: Julian Felsenburgh. Soon the masses are in Felsenburgh's thrall, and he becomes leader of the world. But in their eagerness for change, have the citizens of the world embraced the Antichrist and hastened the end of days?

Father Percy Franklin remains a bastion of stability, even as the Catholic Church disintegrates around him. Finally outlawed and driven underground, it is only this small and shrinking church that stands against the "Lord of the World".

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Supringly prophetic ,

While written in 1907 this book is surprisingly prophetic, more so than Brave New World or even 1984.
There are a few niggles though. The use of Latin, especially in the final chapter, is untranslated and I had to google for the English translations.
Overall though a pertinent and interesting take on the rise of a humanistic society.

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Wonderful

Though some of the depth this book would be lost on anyone who is not Catholic, it stands as one of the great apocalyptic novels of the twentieth century. The performance was excellent with captivating passion that assists the listener in immersing himself in the story. A great read for all and a must read for all Catholics.

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Uncanny and Beguiling Portrayal

Benson in 1907 crafted the dystopian tale 'Lord of the World.' Too bad for us that this master died at 43. Many of hIs descriptions vividly set forth in this book are now fleshed in and can be experienced in our own neighborhood!

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The narrator is great, except for his Latin

What did you love best about Lord of the World?

tremendous story, very apt for our time

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mabel realizes the lie she had been sold

What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance would you have changed?

Simon Vance badly mangles the ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation. His pronunciation is closer to classical Latin pronunciation, but that's not appropriate for the many Catholic Latin prayers, scripture, and chants scattered throughout the book. (Although you won't notice if you're not accustomed to praying in Latin)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, the various bits require some time to sink in

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the future is now

this is almost creepy in its depiction of the end time. great book through and through. keep praying and watching

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Lord Of The World

This is a most uplifting read. The characters were clearly defined. The contrast between good and evil, subtle but to the discerning, obvious. I loved it.

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Thought provoking and timely

We are moving toward a more totalitarian world. Give a listen. Simon Vance is a superb reader!

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A legendary work.

between the descriptions of prayer to the overall laying out of the situation of the end times, Robert Hugh Benson has etched into my mind moments is that are overwhelming and utterly memorable with this book.

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Prophetic for our times

How did Benson have such insight - this man was, sadly, a prophet for our times. Amazing and compelling listening.

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worth a look

surprisingly prescient for being written in 1907. the reader's voice, however, was a bit irritating

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Brilliant

In my opinion it trumps 1984 - the best dystopian novel I’ve read. I highly recommend it.

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