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Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton

Saint Francis of Assisi

by G.K. Chesterton

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
4 Hrs. 50 Min.
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  2.0  Stars Based on 1 rating


This biography of St. Francis examines the life of a pure artist, a man whose whole life was a poem. Yet St. Francis also acknowledged the mystic responsibility to communicate his divine experience. Chesterton examines the existence of the pure and the mystic artist in one man. The result is an understanding of St. Francis in both body and soul, two essential aspects because the Saint saw religion as a kind of love afair; both spiritual and material.

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Reviewer LOLJPB
 February 17, 2006
General Content: With audiobooks it’s sometimes difficult to separate the quality of the book itself from the quality of the recording and the narration. I purchased St. Francis of Assisi looking a gain a greater insight to this man and his life. Unfortunately I feel that I learned little during the course of the 5 ½ hours I spent listening to this book.

Paul Rogers’ narration wasn’t terrible but it also wasn’t particularly enrapturing either. Of course, he wasn’t helped out by the fact that the sound quality of the recording was pretty bad. In addition to constant crackling and hiss, there were a number of times throughout the book in which the volume level changed or the narrator’s voice was edited in a noticeable way.

While the content itself was somewhat interesting, I think the book also suffered from having no clear “signposts”. In other words, there wasn’t anything to mark the beginning or end of a passage which made it seem like one fairly long, rambling monologue. It’s definitely not a biography of St. Francis but rather a commentary on his life. So don’t expect to learn the basic details of his life from the book, it’s assumed you already know them.

Overall I would like to give this book a higher score because when I was able to get past the aforementioned problems, there did seem to be interesting anecdotes and observations. Unfortunately, the distracting factors took their toll and made this a forgettable listen.

Audio-Specific Content: I listened to the unabridged (5.5 hours in length) version of this title through Audible.com. It is narrated by Paul Rogers who, while not terrible, does not have a particularly interesting voice. As mentioned previously in the review, problems with sound quality make this recording tough to listen to. So much so that I asked for a refund from Audible.

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  • Published: 1992
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: S001233
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