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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (303 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peggy Noonan Narrator: Peggy Noonan Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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As the leader of the Catholic Church, the oldest continuing institution in the Western world, Pope John Paul II was a giant in every sphere he touched: personal, theological, political, ecumenical. In an age rich with heroes, Pope John Paul II was truly the great man of the past century, a man who personally confronted its tragedies, from Nazism to communism. A paradoxical figure, Pope John Paul II was an intellectual animated by confidence and joy, a poet and playwright, a supporter of freedom who decried its abuse, a tough political gamesman, and a mystic convinced that the bullet that nearly killed him in Rome was directed away from his heart by the hand of the Mother of God.

Here, best-selling author Peggy Noonan brings her sharp observations, acute sensibility, warmth, and wit to the life of the pope and shows the personal effect his journey had upon her and millions of others throughout the world. Written with heart and depth, this book is at once a moving elegy and a brilliant celebration of a man whose life taught us the greatest lesson of all: how to live. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 2/19/2014

    " First, this is not a biography. It is the author's reflections on JPII and her own faith journey as well as her commentary on the church in our times. I really enjoyed it and have learned more about this extraordinary man, though reading JPII's own writings was much more fruitful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JanB | 2/16/2014

    " Complete bios of John Paul have already been written. I enjoyed listening to Noonan describe her personal journey and John Paul's influence on her life, yet there was enough meat about John Paul to keep it from being all about her. I learned some things about John Paul that I didn't know, many of which made me smile. What a great man and pope. The author does a great job narrating her book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/7/2014

    " I've always liked Peggy Noonan as a historian. She not only saw the Pope but actually was at St. Peter's in an official capacity in addition to having an audience with the Pope! So.... She wrote as a Catholic and a writer. This was as much about her journey as a biography of the Pope. Being at the Vatican was itself, inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Reagan | 2/1/2014

    " Overall decent, but too much of her time is spent on her own reflections of spirituality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/29/2014

    " Perhaps Ms. Noonan's finest work, fill with life and faith and very real and refreshing. She presents a fair and positive inside the life and teachings of a remarkable leader. Catholic or no, this is an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/21/2014

    " What an interesting man. I have a new appreciation for the mystical aspects of this great man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 1/21/2014

    " Although I am not Catholic I have developed a high opinion of Pope John Paul II, particularly the time I saw a news clip of him in obvious pain come up to the window to look out on the crowds of people cheering for him and he struggled to lift himself up only long enough to give them a blessing and return to his bed. There were some incredible parts to this book. I had no idea how monumental it was that this man became pope. However in my opinion this was one of the few books that could have benefited from being abridged. I enjoyed the parts about Pope John Paul, but I was less interested in the personal thoughts and experiences of the author. I would have actually given an abridged version a higher rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathodonn | 1/19/2014

    " This is one of the best books I read this year. John Paul comes across as a deeply spiritual man everyone knew him to be but also practical and often very witty. Noonan is also a splendid writer: her prose is both accessible and imaginative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/6/2014

    " I actually listened to this book read by the author on my long commute. There were parts of it that made me almost weep in joy and laugh out loud. The book was about John Paul II, Peggy Noonan's faith journey, and the modern Catholic Church, all rolled into one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 12/15/2013

    " what can I say Peggy Noonan writes very well ... I follow ~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim McCabe | 12/11/2013

    " One of my favorite journalists writes about an extraordinary man. A win-win combo!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/22/2013

    " The parts about John Paul II were interesting, but I was less sure about the authors personal theories and beliefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 6/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and learned some things I didn;t know about the role the Pope places and what an extraordinary man John Paul was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 9/17/2012

    " There were whole chapters that focused on Peggy's religious experience without any reference to JP2. I wished it was more objective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 9/11/2012

    " a well-written, insightful look at Pope John Paul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TurtleneckGirl | 8/17/2012

    " This tribute to John Paul II inspired and renewed my faith. Peggy Noonan became a sort of spiritual sister to me as she tied her experiences with John Paul II to aspects of her own journey in faith. This book was, quite simply, a gift t me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaretann | 5/22/2012

    " I found a hard cover copy of this book at the dollar store - just passing by and have always been a fan of Peggy Noonan. I really enjoyed this book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John-Paul | 4/18/2012

    " I am not a Catholic...not that there's anything wrong with that ;) but have learned quite a bit about the greatness of this man and what impact he had on the world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 6/10/2011

    " Aside from the fact that she has one of the most annoying voices on the planet, she's an ill-informed hack with poor research skills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 6/2/2011

    " This is as much an analysis of Pope John Paul II as it is a biography. I would have liked more Wotyla and less Noonan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Dawson | 5/24/2011

    " Regardless of your politics, you will enjoy Noonan's skill as she reflects on her faith against the backdrop of the Papacy of JPII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/1/2011

    " Peggy Noonan narrated her book. This isn't a biography, which I thought it was. It was a long essay about Noonan's appreciation of John Paul II. It was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 4/27/2011

    " Perhaps Ms. Noonan's finest work, fill with life and faith and very real and refreshing. She presents a fair and positive inside the life and teachings of a remarkable leader. Catholic or no, this is an excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 11/4/2010

    " a well-written, insightful look at Pope John Paul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 10/15/2010

    " I enjoyed this book and learned some things I didn;t know about the role the Pope places and what an extraordinary man John Paul was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 6/12/2010

    " I actually listened to this book read by the author on my long commute. There were parts of it that made me almost weep in joy and laugh out loud. The book was about John Paul II, Peggy Noonan's faith journey, and the modern Catholic Church, all rolled into one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 4/4/2010

    " There were whole chapters that focused on Peggy's religious experience without any reference to JP2. I wished it was more objective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/1/2010

    " Peggy Noonan narrated her book. This isn't a biography, which I thought it was. It was a long essay about Noonan's appreciation of John Paul II. It was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 5/6/2009

    " Not enough about JP2, too much about Noonan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/23/2008

    " What an interesting man. I have a new appreciation for the mystical aspects of this great man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 TurtleneckGirl | 9/30/2008

    " This tribute to John Paul II inspired and renewed my faith. Peggy Noonan became a sort of spiritual sister to me as she tied her experiences with John Paul II to aspects of her own journey in faith. This book was, quite simply, a gift t me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 9/28/2008

    " Noonan is a keen observer. "We embarrass the angels" with some of our behaviours in the 21st century. God forgive us all, me included (or most of all?). "Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed." "

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About the Author
Author Peggy Noonan

Peggy Noonan, author of the bestselling When Character Was King, has contributed articles and essays to Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She is currently a columnist and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal.