Editor reviews

If you thought U2’s seventh album was just a great band’s venture into dance pop, Stephen Catanzarite has some news for you. Achtung Baby, originally released in 1991 and having sold 18 million copies and counting, is in for the 33 1/3 treatment in this audiobook, earnestly narrated by Jonathan Davis.
Catanzarite announces at the outset that he will not shy from "name-checking the Almighty" as he attempts a reading of the album as a "meditation on love in the shadow of the fall". What follows are religious and political ruminations on subjects such as the sexual revolution (a bad thing) and theodicy, all through readings of songs like "Mysterious Ways" and "One". Catanzarite sees through a glass darkly, like St. Paul...or Bono in those glasses.
Show More Show Less

Summary

This dazzling and prophetic album seems to foreshadow the disintegration of the old world order and the splintering of traditional alliances that have marked the start of the third millennium. In this intelligent and spiritually attuned book, Stephen Catanzarite reads Achtung Baby as an extended and universal riff on the Fall of Man, showing this to be an album that Bono rightly called one "heavy mother".
©2007 Stephen Catanzarite (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Show More Show Less

Regular price: £9.69

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Buy Now for £9.69

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
1 out of 5 stars
By Billy on 04-02-18

3 hours of my life I won’t get back!!!

What disappointed you about U2's Achtung Baby?

More about religion than the album! This was the third book I have listened to in the 33 ⅓ series. Both Neil Young’s Harvest and David Bowie’s Low were great. This was a massive disappointment!

Read more Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
1 out of 5 stars
By K. L. Hettinger on 28-05-16

False Advertising

From the title and cover art you might think this is a book about U2's album "Achtung Baby".
This is not so.
This work is 90% theological treatise, 10% Achtung Baby.

Read more Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Dwight on 22-06-16

Christian Opinion piece on the album

Lacking facts and details. Not much story about the band and support team. Hard for a non Christian secular minded person to listen to, because of faithful assumptions that not all people hold.

But if you want to hear a Christian Opinion on some songs on a U2 album it is ok.

Read more Hide me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

See all reviews