[Audiobook] “24 Hours That Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton

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This audiobook edition is narrated by Lloyd James.

James’ narration, overall, came across with a flat intonation, offset by a smooth and calm attitude. Listening to the audiobook play, it felt much like an English Literature instructor at a college lecture, or even similar to a traditional Southern Baptist pastor preaching without emotion. Sadly, this audiobook was not charismatic enough to maintain my interest.

Essentially, the book is about the twenty-four hours up to the death of Y’shua, focusing on the Gospel of Mark, with Matthew and Luke providing more depth. The goal of the book is to explain the theological significance of those twenty-four hours, while providing a historical understanding in regards to life and culture of the times. The author, Hamilton, desires readers to place themselves in the story of the death and resurrection, and allow themselves to be transformed by an emotional yet knowledge-filled experience. James, in his best intentions, desires the same of listeners. Yet, despite his best efforts and dedication to the pursuit, I left feeling like the book was read aloud more so than brought to life.

The flashback begins at the Pesach (Passover) dinner, and ends at the last breath of Y’shua (Jesus). At the end, there is a final chapter dedicated to the resurrection event. In the introduction to this book, Hamilton mentions videos that are designed to accompany each chapter. These did not come with the audio download that I have obtained, so I have no review or comment on them, and my review here is not impact by them, except for my recommendation at the end.

While James did not keep me entranced for long, if at all, many listeners will find his slight effort at pace and intonation enough to power through the audio edition. However, these efforts don’t power the narration much further than an advanced monotone speech.

The writing style of Hamilton is theological and reflective in nature, seeming to be a combination of Sunday morning  small group lecture and personal journaling during the week. Based off this, James narrated the text faithfully, giving his best for how limiting the material truly was.

SG does not recommend the audio edition of this book. Rather, the print edition may make for a fine solution, given that videos could enhance the experience. This book is designed for small group reading and personal faith journeys.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.

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