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The historicity of the Christian faith and its adherents understanding of its Holy Scriptures' teachings are inexorably bound to the Book of Common Prayer. This account of the Book of Common Prayer's history is written with delightful prose and encapsulates the poetry of the moment. Required reading for anyone who wants to know the foundations of Anglicanism.
What made the experience of listening to The Book of Common Prayer the most enjoyable?
Alan Jacobs is clear, clever, and always interesting. He constantly finds the little detail or turn-of-phrase that makes the history come alive.
Did Robin Bloodworth do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
This is pure history, without real characterization. The narration was somewhat mechanical, but it wasn't terribly distracting. The narrator didn't improve the experience, but his performance is no reason to avoid this excellent book.
Any additional comments?
This is a relatively brief history. It's neither scholarly nor comprehensive. It is, however, great fun with some penetrating insights. I used it in a book club at a my church, and it was the perfect fit for that audience.
One note on the audible vs. print versions: In this book, as in his previous ones, Alan Jacobs uses endnotes for substantial and often very interesting side comments. There isn't a very good way to convey these audio form, so they were simply left out of the audiobook. I had the print copy as well, so I just read them after chapter. But you are missing a bit of great content with the audiobook.
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I'm a long time Episcopalian and have been interested in church history. There are the things I knew about and many I didn't know. Growth of Anglican church in India was a surprises.