The City of God

  • by Saint Augustine
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 47 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme: a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the conflict between good (the City of God) and evil (the Earthly City). Augustine foresees that through the will of God, the people of the City of God will eventually win immortality, and those in the Earthly City, destruction.

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Great book! If you can get through it.

I have always enjoyed St. Augustine. From the confessions to On the Trinity, he is a pleasure to read, and now listen. This book will give the reader, listener, a brief history of the fall of the Roman Empire and then explain how Christians were dealing with that event. Augustine emphasizes the notion that, as a Christian, one should not expect the things of this world to last. He uses the fall of the Roman empire to illustrate this point. Thus, we have the title, City of God. As a Christian one needs to identify them-self with the City of God not the city of man.
As I said earlier, this is a great book; if you can get through it. It is very long. It took me a semester of college to read most of the 'important parts' and about two months to listen to it in its entirety. So I hope all who download this book will push on through because there are many priceless pearls of truth with in the pages of this book.
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- John

Sharp thinker; profound topic; still relevant

I prefer listening to this kind of book rather than reading it because I can get through it while driving or walking.

As a Catholic priest, I would naturally be sympathetic to the argument of the author, but as a human being, I am always concerned with an author's learning, logic, honesty, and openness. I think St. Augustine rates high in all these categories. Even if one would not agree with him in a given instance, I think most people would at least say he had good reasons for his opinion, expressed them well, and did not needlessly minimize the opinions of others. I would in fact think of this work as something of a model for "ecumenical dialogue."

I would rate the narrator of this book as "born for this kind of presentation." His English accent adds class to the reading. In fact, I may tackle his narration of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire one of these days.

Finally, compared to the translation we have in our house library, I would consider this translation more elegant, clearer, and much more acceptable to the modern ear.
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- William Peterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-20-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.