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I listened to this alongside an audible edition of Augustine's Confessions in preparation for teaching this text at the undergraduate level. I was a bit worried about the team teaching approach at first, as both Herzman and Cook interject on each lecture, but I found they did a marvelous job of bouncing thoughts off of each other and furthering discussion. I have listened to five or so "Great Courses" on audible and this has been my favorite thus far.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
Firstly I need to disagree with one of the other reviewers regarding having two people give the lecture. Of course this is personal preference, but Herzman and Cook make a great "tag team". It breaks up what could be monotony with different voices, comments, to some extent style, and yet it does not - in my opinion - break up the compelling flow of the narrative.
The voices are clear and easily understandable, and most importantly, this is a true lecture, not someone reading a book. It is dynamic, has the odd pauses and corrections (the wrong word is said and it is then corrected), making it "real".
Their insights into Augustine are hugely interesting. I had read the Confessions and had to say I was not understanding what all the fuss was about. However, with the insights provided here, I will go back and re-read. And, it is a great price. I have the monthly subscription with Audible and this lecture was one credit.
Five out of five, ten out of ten.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I was hooked from the very start. There's no doubt the fascinating and highly intelligent St Augustine, through sheer hard thinking, can enlighten us all. Brilliantly presented. I want to go back to the beginning and listen to it all over again immediately. Thank you Ron and Bill!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed this. The enthusiastic delivery of the two lecturers who present each lecture as a duo, really holds the listeners attention.
A very complex text; however, the lectures do a wonderful job in decrypting some very clever text. Well done...again
I've recently become a fan of Professor Cook & Herzman's. I must say that every lecture they bring out is very thoughtful, inspiring, insightful.
This one in particular is most inspiring. St. Augustine's thought was so honest and rich. And his questions and methods are interesting to think about. Would love to read the Confessions and come back to this lecture.
Highly recommended this lecture.