Summary

A beautiful literary tribute to William Tyndale, the poet-martyr-expatriate-outlaw-translator who gave us our English Bible
The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless.
Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken. His single-word innovations, such as “Passover,” “beautiful,” and “atonement,” allowed the common man to more fully understand God’s blessings and promises. His natural lyricism shines in phrases like “Let not your hearts be troubled,” and “for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer as it is written in the King James Bible, use the word “love” as it is written in 1 Corinthians 13, or bless others with “The Lord bless thee and keep thee, the Lord make his face to shine upon thee,” we are reminded of the rich bounty Tyndale has given us.
Although Tyndale has been somewhat elusive to his biographers, Teems brings wit and wisdom to the story of the man known as the “architect of the English language,” the English Paul who defied a kingdom and a tyrannical church to introduce God to the plowboy.
©2012 David Teems (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By MR on 29-04-13

The Voice We Had Before We Were Born

Who can imagine that in relatively recent history ,possession of an English copy of Scripture, in England, could carry a death sentence;that death to be delived by burning at the stake,follwing weeks of torture and starvation? Those were the days ....but what a complex and compelling story is told about one of the central players in the Reformation era This book brings us to one of the great well-springs of the English language.The author takes us to the countryside between the Avon and the Severn,where Tyndale's people spoke a 'vulgar' middle English which was yet to come to full bloom,enriched by pastoral life and grounded in the rural vernacular .This spring undoubtedly fed the creative and inspired writing of Shakespeare and the King James Bible. Tyndale's daily speech rubbed up against the ancient Welsh tongue to the west and became imbued with its softness and musicality.Tyndale's inspiring story is told in a gripping and immediate style. This agnostic reader was enthralled by the religious struggles and faith-courage which Tyndale and other reformers displayed. It is a sobering reminder of the power of religious faith to drive otherwise civilised men to casual brutality,torture and murder. The smell of burning books and burning men is evoked throughout the chapters by David Teems who displays a deep humanist empathy for the characters who move across this stage. For me this is what audio books are best at. A wonderfully written book, beautifully read ,delivers an almost cinematic quality to what a casual bookshelf browser might mistake for a 'worthy' history of a bit player in Olde England.It is a deeply engaging experience which will bring you into the hearts and minds of the people who created so much of our literary and cultural inheritance.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gordon Curley on 21-06-17

One of the greats!

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Wow! what a man and what a legacy he left behind - this book helps to remind us of that fact!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jen on 22-08-12

Unsung Hero of the English Language

Would you listen to Tyndale again? Why?

I would eagerly listen to this again because it is packed full of details about the English language and I'm certain I did not absorb them all on the first listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tyndale is the star while Thomas Moore plays a nasty villain in this real life drama.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

It seems only fitting to have a distinctly English voice reading us this masterpiece. His voice transported me to the 1500s.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was moved on two levels, spiritually and intellectually. As a Christ follower the sacrifices of Tyndale are inspiring and I realize the great debt I owe to him as a fellow believer. As a lover of words I was intrigued by the parallels Teems draws between Tyndale and Shakespeare.

Any additional comments?

The ending is superb in its humility, so persevere through to the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 13-02-12

Inspiration

What made the experience of listening to Tyndale the most enjoyable?

I think the author did a good job of filling in the background of the time

What did you like best about this story?

It is true! I view my precious Bible in renewed light!! Tyndale was awesome and a great servant of God.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

I always appreciate a good reader with goo inflection and good pace

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tyndale was betrayed by a horrible man and sent to prison. He died..twice...well..that wasn't really possible, but it was clear that his enemies wanted him dead. He was strangled and burned.

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