Saint Augustine's contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction. The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine's life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone. Among the most important classics in Western literature, it continues to engage modern readers through Augustine's timeless illustrations and beautiful prose. Augustine's Confessions is a book to relish the first time through and then profoundly enjoy over a lifetime of revisiting.
This accessible and accurate Edward Bouverie Pusey translation of The Confessions comes alive with Simon Vance’s narration. Vance is an award-winning audiobook narrator with hundreds of titles to his credit, including classics by Charles Dickens, H. G. Wells, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Version: Translated & Edited by Albert C. Outler Ph.D., D.D.
- Very Interesting read
The language does require careful listening as the style is not modern. It is a glimpse into a world that is very different and yet very similar to today.
I enjoyed it and am more interested in what Christianity actually looked like in the days of the early church fathers.
- great bio, but unengaging philosophy
I really enjoyed listening to the first part of the audiobook edition of Augustine's Confessions, which is an account of his life story, objections to Christianity, the pride and vanity of the world of rhetoric in his time, and his eventual coming to faith. Fascinating stuff. That was about the first 60% of the book.
In the second half of the book, however, Augustine lost me. He waxes philosophical about the nature of time, memory, and other things, with only occasional reference to his life, or even anything else practical for that matter. Maybe this philosophers would like this but I struggled to stay interested and eventually stopped listening somewhere between the 80-90% mark.
- Good News For Previous Reviewer Mark
I tracked down the written translation that matches this magnificent audiobook narrative:
What you're after is the Hendrickson Christian Classics edition, edited by Albert Cook Outler.
It is available both as a hardcover book AND as a Kindle ebook.
So there you go!
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- Well done, but not well described
I really like the production, but I am very disappointed that Hovel audio does not reveal the translation. I tried to read along with several different translations, but none match. Quite a frustrating let down.
- Well Read!
This is very well read, especially given the depth of the book. It contains rich theological treasures from a key figure in the preservation of biblical Christianity.
- The uncut text and the voice...
The uncut text and the voice of Simon Vance. Does anything else need to be said.
In this uknblinking autobiography Augustine bears all. His theft of some pears at 16, his growing sexual addiction, his developing philosophy and eventually his theology. He takes on the nature of evil, the concept of time and God (God is outside time we learn), and the famous conversion in the garden when an unseen kid sings Pick it up and read, Pick it up and read, and he goes and picks up scroll set at Romans.
Augustine is completely honest as he takes us step by step thru his own flawed experience, and how God was always there waiting for him.