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By Jim D on 10-02-10
Impressions on first listening to the book.
This is my first detailed "reading" of any work by St. Augustine, and while the language is somewhat archaic, it is relatively easy to follow. After the first few minutes, the style issue faded into the background for me and I felt myself getting into the flow of the arguments. Worth listening to and thinking about. However, you must be able to allow yourself to accept, if only for the sake of argument, the authors Christian basis for the book. If you reject that basis, and are not willing to at least try to follow his line of reasoning, then I could see how you would get little out of it. The tone, style and pronunciation of the reader (Simon Vance) definitely adds a positive aspect to the audio book. I will have to listen to the entire work several times to extract the full value of this book.
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By Jeff on 02-21-12
The Confessions and Philosophy of St. Augustine
What did you love best about The Confessions of St. Augustine?
Augustine's personal accounts of his struggles with desire and his coming to the faith have wonderful lessons for any Christian protestant or catholic.
What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?
To tell the truth I've attempted several times to sit down and read The Confessions, but always found myself unable to process the language. Mr Vance actually succeeds in making the language sound natural and easy to follow. I found myself easily comprehending and actually enjoying this archaic language. Fantastic performance!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Augustine isn't shy about sharing his heart with the reader, I found myself sympathizing with him, even crying sometimes as his accounts inspired remembrances of my own failures.
Any additional comments?
The Confessions, in addition to being an account of Augustine's life and conversion, is also at times a philosophical treatise. Because of this, some parts may be difficult to follow while driving.
29 of 29 people found this review helpful
By Ivan on 12-05-12
Classic with some difficult language
Any additional comments?
Great book and it shows St. Augustine's love for God. The language took some time to get use to and really the only difficult parts were in the last books where he writes about the aspects of God. It was challenging to wrap my head around it and follow his thoughts.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By A. Pulido on 04-13-18
Better than I imagined!
I've been wanting to read this book for years and never considered listening to it in audiobook format. Really glad I did! It's narration really allows for deep contemplation of the ideas it presents. You can pause, give it some thought, jot down some notes and proceed.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful