The Everlasting Man

Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Highly influential in C. S. Lewis' conversion from atheism to Christianity, The Everlasting Man continues to inspire new generations of readers and listeners.

Considered by many to be Chesterton's greatest masterpiece, this audiobook declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling mankind's story from the very beginning, he shows how all human desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ's church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it apart.

One of the most original and controversial theological works ever written, The Everlasting Man offers a commanding perspective of world history and aims to restore our sense of wonder in the universe, our god, and ourselves.

Public Domain (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Excellently Narrated

Would you consider the audio edition of The Everlasting Man to be better than the print version?

No, not better, but a wonderful companion to it. The narrator is a joy to listen to. By far the best Audible version of this masterpiece.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is non-fiction, but obviously the author himself.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Everything.

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

Yes, yes, yes, cry for joy, and because I really wished I had read this book earlier in life. Would have wasted a lot less time.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad Audible fixed the problem on this page which made it impossible to add this book to my cart. Hope the glitch is fixed for good, as this rendition is EXCELLENT.

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Way over my head.

I'm simply not smart enough to keep up with G.K. Chesterton. His thought process is too thorough. I was only able keep up with most of it and thought a lot of good points were made. I would need a LOT more time to fully digest all the material. I've been working on this book for a few weeks now.

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condensed, practical, but exhaustive

Chesterton fills a Christian (myself) not adequately, but abundantly on the vital points of history as pertaining to the rise of Christendom while demonstrating the fallacies many of us are taught (by rationalists he calls them), and explains the nature of the youth of the church through struggles a protestant does not hear about. this is ammunition.

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Brilliant

Brilliant author and arguments. needs to be listened to more than once though. so many points will be missed otherwise. narrator is very good. Chesterton 's dry wit comes across beautifully.

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I wish I could have read this book earlier in my life. It would have saved me a lot of trouble.

This is the second book I have read by G.K. Chesterton. The first being on St. Thomas Aquinas. I am very pleased with this book and I would definitely recommend it to others, Christian or whatever. I can see why C.S. Lewis regarded this book with such profundity. It is profound. The narrator did a fantastic job as well. Nicely done.

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G. K. Chesterton, brilliant philosophical and theological insight.

The only criticism I can levy toward Chesterton is that it requires a dictionary at the ready to work your way through his writings. My shortcoming, not his. There have been a myriad number of ideologies throughout history and he has concisely examined many in a rational understandable manner. For anyone desiring an apologetically sound understanding of “Christendom” and its ideological and historical relationship to humanity, G. K. Chesterton and “The Everlasting Man” are essential.

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Fantastic book, Well read!

This is probably Chesterton's finest work. The narration holds true and seems to be the best and up to date version.

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Still relevant, if a bit hard to follow.

Great narration, and poignant thoughts from a prophetic voice. Chesterton remains as relevant today as he was a century ago.

The one problem with Chesterton is his frequent references to and analogies from early 20th Century England, that are completely unfamiliar to me. In a paper book these are usually addressed in subtitles, but in an audio book this is understandably hard to do. It doesn't take away much from his larger narrative, but some of the smaller examples lose their rhetorical impact.

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repetitively weak

Sets up continual strawmen with weak analogy chapter after chapter. Chestertons attempts to belittle biological and historical processes are cringingly weak.

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Well read and parsed well, highly recommend this.

It starts well with a clear and concise thesis and proceeds in a very methodical yet inspiring way. A great read for any considering or reconsidering spiritual reality.