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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,700 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aurelius Augustinus Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455169641
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This timeless work is applicable to everyone who has experienced the struggle between good and evil in his own soul. St. Augustine, born in Tagaste, Numidia, in North Africa (now Constantine) in 354, was raised by a devout Christian mother. He abandoned the Christianity in which he had been brought up, taking on a mistress who bore him an illegitimate son. After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, he began a great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387. The Confessions describes his conversion, shedding light on the questions that troubled him on his way to the Cross. The earliest of autobiographies, The Confessions remains unsurpassed as a sincere and intimate record of a great and pious person laying bare his soul before God. Other than Scripture, it is the most famous––and perhaps the most important––of all spiritual books.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is almost literally the man and the man is an individual, and that is what has kept the work fresh and powerful these many centuries. Augustine the individual transcends systems, philosophies, theologies. He meets the reader as he met God, as an individual.”

    National Review

  • “A masterpiece beyond classification.”

    Church Times

  • “In plain words—if you can accept them as plain—Christianity is the life and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of individual men and in the heart of society. It is this Christ-life, this incorporation into the Body of Christ, this union with His death and resurrection as a matter of conscious experience, that  St. Augustine wrote of in his Confessions.”

    Thomas Merton

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Alexander | 2/20/2014

    " I only read a small portion of it, but plan to read the rest at a later date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/1/2014

    " Augustine is a very talented rhetorician. He has some beautiful passages. It was a bit dense at times, but really interesting to see how one man worked though the grand mysteries of the universe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlene | 1/30/2014

    " Although I found it hard to read at first, this book really has some good insights! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaydon_the_dino | 1/23/2014

    " I'd give this negative stars if I could. Too much pissing and moaning about pears and how everyone wants to read cool stuff written by Virgil and not dry, stupid stuff by people like him. The worst part of a philosophical education is getting through the idiocy that is Augustine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/22/2014

    " I think this is an important book to read in terms of understanding the roots of current christianity. The testimony is shown in its purest form. He shows who he was before his salvation and how his faith helped him survive the sacking of Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knarig | 1/17/2014

    " the last chapter on his allegorical interpretations of genesis 1 was a pure masterpiece...along w the rest of the book. amazing read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler Hurst | 1/13/2014

    " Very impacting book on my spiritual development and understanding of sanctification. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L.S. | 12/28/2013

    " Confesiunile sunt alcatuite din doua parti, in care prima este autobiografica iar a doua contine meditatiile lui Augustin, de factura filosofica, teologica, toate in jurul primelor relatari din cartea Facerii (primele versete). Editie bilingva. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 12/20/2013

    " Some parts hard to follow, some parts very inspirational. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miles Baxter | 12/15/2013

    " Wow, that took a long time to finish "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Olivia | 10/10/2013

    " Again, philosophy isn't my favourite but this was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivan | 10/1/2013

    " Certainly one of my basic. How can one make sense of life without this one? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Hunter | 9/19/2013

    " Augustine's story teaches us that no one is beyond redemtion and that god will go to great lengths to pursue someone even in the midst of their own rebellion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 6/4/2013

    " The book that I keep re-reading. The book changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Bacon | 5/27/2013

    " A very honest reader will not come away without having had a good think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Liz | 3/31/2013

    " Another history class read. I need to try this book again because it was so hard to finish this book and understand what he was trying to say. It was interesting at parts, but I was lost in others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dwayne Reynolds | 3/3/2013

    " Almost done with this one... It's pretty sweet I guess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 1/20/2013

    " There is a lot of knowledge to be taken from these pages, if you're willing to suffer through them. Reading St Augustine often gave me a headache. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 11/15/2012

    " Audiobook. A few hours in and finding it very good and frequently even beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Bain | 10/16/2011

    " All theology is a foot note to Augustine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gala | 10/9/2011

    " i'm amazed how approachable this text was. there are definitely archaic references that go over my head, but overall, it's a compelling spiritual autobiography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Petty | 9/23/2011

    " My edition is translated by Rex Warner and was published in 1963 by Mentor Books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 8/17/2011

    " Not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination. If you can plod through it there's some useful stinging nettle for the soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry Brown | 7/30/2011

    " Absolutely beautiful. A book written so long ago, and yet reads like a modern "tell-all" in a way. To see someone really search his soul and past in order to find the meaning in his life, to see his journey - such a gift. I am thankful this book exists! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/6/2011

    " Really good and worth the extra thought and careful re-reading sometimes required to understand what Augustine means. I see how his allegorical use of Scripture could lead to problems, but Augustine himself carefully defends the truth and historical accuracy of Scripture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 5/22/2011

    " very difficult read. rambles on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 3/3/2011

    " This was the first autobiography. It tells the story of Augustine in the form of a prayer to God. It is not easy to understand everything the first time around, but every time it gets better. It is the best autobiography ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rutger | 2/28/2011

    " Een van de beste boeken ooit geschreven. Zo'n boek waarbij je nog weet waar je het precies las en je passages die veel indruk maakten nog goed kunt verbeelden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 2/27/2011

    " Very good. This edition was lacking. Literally. It was lacking much of the original text, and some parts really felt like they were a bit thin. Probably not Augustine's fault. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/12/2011

    " Rightly a classic, but if only he'd hadn't been a professor of rhetoric .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/5/2011

    " A beautiful and idiomatic translation of one of the most beautiful works in Western literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 2/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed listening to this reading of St. Augustine's conversion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesa | 1/22/2011

    " Written so long ago, the words of St. Augustine are still relevant today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 1/17/2011

    " "Look with mercy on these follies, Lord, and deliver us who call upon you. Deliver also those who do not as yet pray, that they may call upon you and you may set them free." Augustine, Confessions (X, 16)

    This is a timeless book that should be read at least once a year. "

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About the Author

Saint Augustine (354–430), a philosopher and theologian, was born in the city of Tagaste, the present day Souk Ahras, Algeria. A Latin Father and Doctor of the Church, he is one of the most important figures in the development of Western Christianity. His works, including The Confessions, are still read around the world.

About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.