[Audiobook] “The Next Christians” by Gabe Lyons

It is a rare event that I review an audio book to review that is read by the author. That automatically receives kudos points. Lyons helped coauthor “UnChristian,” a book of reflective and questionable examination. Lyons shares from his heart and personal viewpoint to introduce this text, examining his simple statement: the good news about the end of Christian America.

 

The great news is that the publisher provides additional resources for the audio book online. However, it does not help cover the poor narration provided. While the audio is narrated by the author, Lyons, he unfortunately provides a weak reading of the transcript. Lacking any dramatic inclusion, not even a feeling of a sermon reading or class lecture remains. Rather, Lyons’ attempt at the narration leaves the listener feeling as if they overheard Lyons quickly muttering to himself, in a fashion that is monotone and empty, with a speed that prevents one from keeping up.

 

Not for a amateur listener, or even novice for that matter, this audio is left to collect the fragments that Windows provides…

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[Audiobook] “The Holiness of [G-d]” by R.C. Sproul

The Holiness of G-d is a great topic to review and discuss, something that a Jew like myself would be all about. The narrator for this text is Grover Gardner. Despite this being my tenth audio book review for Christian Audio, I have not yet encountered this narrator. Gardner does a good job, to tell truth. He reads at a quicker pace, to address that as if Sproul were reciting from memory. Inflection is slight, but distinct, to remind me that this is an audio book, yet an honest attempt to sound natural. Slightly mechanical, his voice recites words clearly and succinctly.

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[Audiobook] “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

Geoffrey Howard is the narrator for this audio book. I haven’t read the book itself yet, and have it sitting on my bookshelf. Unfortunately, as I am listening to the narrator’s presentation of this text, I find myself becoming disinterested in reading the book. There are two parts to this. The first is simply that it sounds more philosophical, of which at the moment I’m not terribly interested in. I’m sure, however, that I’ll find that interest piqued again in the near future. The second part, sadly, is the narration of this audio book. I know that I have a history of finding narrators to be bland or mechanical, but it is an honest issue to present. If audio books should move forward as a viable alternative to ingest the material successfully, then the narration needs to improve vastly.

Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.