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The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism offers an extensive survey of the history, doctrine, practices, and global circumstances of Roman Catholicism, written by a range of distinguished and experienced Catholic writers. Engages its readers in an informed and informative conversation about Roman Catholic life and thought.

Embraces the local and the global, the past and the present, life and the afterlife, and a broad range of institutions and activities.

Considers both what is distinctive about Catholic life and thought, and how Catholicism overlaps with and transforms other ways of thinking and living.

Topics covered include: peacemaking, violence and wars; money, the vow of poverty and socio-economic life; art by and about Catholics; and men, women and sex.

©2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Marcus
  • Brasília, Brazil
  • 07-18-14

Great Overview

One grasp an informed overview of the Catholic Church in this book. Its gives relevant informations of the development of the Catholic Church and its doctrines. Its also examines the presence and organization of the Church around the globe (specific countries and continents). The performance is very good. Both narrators did an excellent job.

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Great content, excruciating narration

The Blackwell Companion is a broad survey of Catholic history and issues with entries from a wide variety of writers.

The first part of the book, the historical survey, was read by Cira Larkin, who read this ponderous, philosophical work in a happy-joy-joy style totally inappropriate to the gravitas of the subject. She has no idea how to pronounce Latin or French, and at times, puts on accents. For example, she does a sort of Hogan's Heroes voice for theologian Karl Rahner. Narrators, please stop doing this to readers. It is neither amusing nor necessary. In fact, it is a hideous distraction from the content.

The second and third parts, on Catholic cultural issues and practices, are read by Wayne Edwards, who sounds as if he'd rather be doing anything else than reading this book. Bored and monotone throughout, he does not enhance the subject matter, but makes one nod off.

What a strange combination of narrators to choose for such a book!

If I had it to do over again, I would skip this and go straight to print. I think it is a worthwhile study for those interested in Catholicism. Sadly, it will be unlikely to appeal to those who are RadTrad or ultraconservative, but for moderates there is much to consider.

It is rather heavy and at times dry, but that is the nature of the subject. Do not expect a lively style.

Recommended with reservations.

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  • Simon Kimberley
  • 07-09-16

Good text - poor reading.

Would you try another book written by James Buckley and Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt or narrated by Cira Larkin and Wayne Edwards ?

Ciara Larkin continually mispronounces the text.

Why would she not be coached in correct speech ?

It is irritating and perplexing.