The City of God

  • by Saint Augustine
  • Narrated by Bernard Mayes
  • 47 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Written between A.D. 413 and 426, The City of God is one of the great cornerstones in the history of Christian thought, a book which is vital to the understanding of modern Western society. Augustine originally intended it to be an apology for Christianity against the accusation that the Church was responsible for the decline of the Roman Empire, which had occurred just three years earlier. Indeed, Augustine produced a great amount of evidence to prove that paganism was responsible for this event. However, by the time the work was finished, the book had taken on a larger theme: a cosmic interpretation of history in terms of the conflict between good (the City of God) and evil (the Earthly City). Augustine foresees that through the will of God, the people of the City of God will eventually win immortality, and those in the Earthly City, destruction.


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Fascinating, but with a tired reader

Excellent text, well translated. The reader was difficult to get used to, though, & audibly corrected himself & yawned a few times...
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- G Douglas Whistler

It's The City of God. Dull but necessary...

On the book... A huge amount of it is broadly irrelevant to modern thought and can be taken as given, such as the arguments against polytheism, but they are interesting (to a degree) none the less. Some of his scientific claims are hilarious, but the argumentation is fascinating. If you've not read it and you just want a run through it's a good choice, but it's not the sort of thing you do for pleasure...
Reading is good, as Bernard Mayes sounds as bored as some of the scribes must have been at the time and captures Augustine's long winded and (I imagine) bumbling style. The recording occasionally repeats itself and none of the editors seem to have noticed, but I can't say I blame them...
It's one of those things you should read if you're going to comment on theology, just don't expect the audio equivalent of a page turner...
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-06-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.