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Publisher's Summary

The lectures herewith presented have been prepared in accordance with the request and appointment of the First Presidency of the Church. The greater number of the addresses were delivered before the Theology Class of the Church University; and, after the close of the class sessions, the lectures were continued before other Church organizations engaged in the study of theology. To meet the desire expressed by the Church authorities - that the lectures be published for use in the various educational institutions of the Church - the matter has been revised, and is now presented in this form.

In anticipation of probable question or criticism regarding the disparity of length of the several lectures, it may be stated that each of the addresses occupied two or more class sessions, and that the present arrangement of the matter in separate lectures is rather one of compilation than of original presentation.

©2013 MonkeyBone Publications (P)2013 MonkeyBone Publications

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Great Content, Monotone Narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes--if you can get past the narrator's bland and rapid style.

What aspect of Peter Bierma’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator, Peter Bierma, enunciates very precisely, and reads quite rapidly and in a monotone voice. So rapidly and so monotone, in fact, that I'm still not sure that a human being was narrating, and not a computer or robot. To me, it was very disappointing, because the content is very interesting and deep. Could be so much richer if the narrator put just a little feeling into it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book, marginal narrator

The book is fantastic! A classic, you might say. However, the narrator in this version missed several pronunciations. it was actually quite annoying.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Incorrect pronunciation

The information contained herein is very important and valuable. It was long and sometimes difficult to keep focusing, especially because the reading of it was quite dry. It was unsettling to me that the narrator was not familiar with the correct pronunciation of the names in the Book of Mormon, and many in the Bible as well. There were also other, non-scriptural words he pronounced oddly. It was very distracting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Uh...

Amazing book, but so poorly narrated it will make you stop listening. I'm pretty sure the narrator is either anti Mormon or got into something that he clearly knows nothing about. This is so poorly read I can't believe it's still on audible.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book terrible reader

The book was good. I've read the physical book before but I couldn't get past the readers voice. It was like he was reading it in fast forward. Take a break and slow down. It drove me crazy. Also I didn't like his pronunciation of most of the names and places. It was all off. I'm sorry the content inside the book is great unfortunately the reader just ruined it for me.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Worst Narrator Ever!!!

What would have made The Articles of Faith better?

If the narrator knew how to pronounce words from the book of Mormon and the Bible correctly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Articles of Faith?

The consistent miss pronunciation of simple gospel words such as Enoch, Moroni, Helaman, doth, Alma, etc... Clearly he is completely unfamiliar with any scripture whatsoever.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He also seem to want to race through the book. Instead of reading the book like a story or lecture, you read that again without proper pausing for emphasis. Completely ruined it for me.

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

The book was great, but the narrator ruined it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book on Beliefs of LDS Faith

Great book but I only gave it three because the reader could not pronounce very common LDS terms and names as well as biblical terms. I am very surprised that they didn’t do research before the reader began narrating or at least run an edit.

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Dry

Dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry..... like... really dry... as about as dry as salt on sandpaper in the Mojave desert

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Pronunciation

It would've been really nice if the person narrating would have found out the proper way or the Mormon way of saying names from the book of Mormon. As in Moroni- Long I. Not morone with a long. It was irritating. And showed a complete lack of respect. In the future I'll read the book myself.
The content is deep, I did enjoy it, except for....

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Great Book, Narration Needs Work,CoverArt Mistakes

What made the experience of listening to The Articles of Faith the most enjoyable?

The depth of Knowledge of the author, James E. Talmage is always impressive, as is the comprehensive nature of his research.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked several things about Talmage’s “Articles of Faith.” The author, as I said above, has a profound understanding of the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Further, this impressively researched book is a joy to listen to because of the clarity of thought and insight the author brings to each lecture. Content is based directly from quotations from the Holy Bible as well as Modern Revelation, including numerous revelations to multiple Prophets and Apostles from the restored Church of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. In each lecture these scriptures are woven together from pieces of similar doctrine found throughout these Standard Works of Scripture, these truths about faith in Jesus Christ and God the Father are made understandable at a very high scholarly level. When I was finished with the audio performance I felt like a better person, and like I wished to be a better, after hearing this story. Bottom line, the things of God are very good for us and help us want to be better.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Mostly Professional, Distracting.

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

Uplifting, mind expanding...I felt like I was in a particularly good university course on religion where an angel, or one of the ancient, original Apostles of Christ was teaching the lecture.

Any additional comments?

There are some errors in the performance and in the cover art and markings. First, the author: the author's name is James E. Talmage, nothing more, nothing less. Further, Joseph Smith wasn’t alive when the book was authored; he was martyred well before Talmage was born, although he is quoted from time to time in the Book. Next, the narrator has occasional distracting lapses into repetitive mispronunciation some proper nouns associated with the Book of Mormon and a few other things. More than once, I was jolted out of the narrative by just such a pronunciation. Alma (is really pronounced Ál + ma) and Moroni (accurately pronounced Mor + ón + eye) mispronunciations made me want to shout: ‘These names from the Book of Mormon are Ancient American, not Italian!’ In spite of this, the narration was fairly good. Finally, I have an issue with the picture of one of the prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the Cover Art. This completely misrepresents the contents of the book. The cover art should reflect Jesus Christ, faith in Him and His life and ministry, as well as God the Father, not Moses, John the Baptist, Paul the Apostle, Brigham Young, or Joseph Smith. This book is about Faith in Jesus Christ not Joseph Smith. Change the Cover Art. Still this is a great book in spite of "Monkey Bone Publications" marking mistakes, cover art flaws, and occasionally distracting narration in addition to Audible's mistake in choosing this publication company's version.