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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Hogg Narrator: Peter Kenny, Nicholas McArdie Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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A psychological thriller before its time, James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, published in 1824, takes us back to the world of 18th-century Scotland, into a mind haunted by religious obsession, and driven to commit murder. The events are told from several different viewpoints, so that truth and reality appear to dissolve in this disturbing story of the dark legacy of Calvinist doctrine, and how it led one man to madness.

Misunderstood and neglected for more than a century, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner is now regarded as a classic of the supernatural, comparable with Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or Dracula.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 2/17/2014

    " I found this book quite a difficult read and did take a while to get into it. However I enjoyed the different narratives and different points of view given by these. I liked how the Editor's narrative told the events based on know fact and how this set-up the Sinner's narrative which told the same story from a personal and extremely biased view. The story shows how any form of religious extremism and self-rightousness is dangerous and how it can come to dominate a person's life to the extent that they would kill for it. It can also be interpretated as a story about mental illness rather than religious extremism and shows how an obsessive and suggestable personality can become destructive and murderous. I think it is a story about both and how these two things interplay and 'feed' of each other producing the religious zealots that were abundant in the past and are becoming so again today "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison King | 1/29/2014

    " it was a disturbing look at how Scripture can be twisted to justify evil actions. it was like reading the diary of a pharisee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Wayne Abel | 1/27/2014

    " Outstanding. Without an acquaintance with Christian doctrine (particularly the doctrines of the reformation) a reader may not get the full effect, but this is without a doubt one of the finest examinations religious horror among Christiandom that I have ever read. Terrifying, yet also hilarious. A weird ride with the sublime, and unsettling doctrines of John Calvin that pulled so much weight in Scotland. Skillful use of dramatic irony,or is it unreliable narrator,or both, or what????!!! Seems to be ahead of its time. I was thrilled by the apparent use of magical realism. Isn't "magical realism" an appropriate way to describe the literary genre of this work? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2014

    " An excellent book and fascinationg as an account of what could be called, depending on the era and the concepts used, "demon possession", "mutiple personality disorder" or something else! The book pre-dates the more famous Dr Jeckle and Mr Hyde by Stevenson, which it presumably influenced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanathi S | 1/21/2014

    " It's kind of a scary book really. Scared me more than C.S.Lewis' Screptape Letters did. Its scary to think that our most fervent convictions may be false. And its scary to think how a little falsehood mixed with truth yields the most disasterous consequences. And everyone who believes in something should read it, just so you can second guess yourself, and have good reason to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/20/2014

    " A very interesting and at times thrilling and disturbing tale of a young man who believes he is doing good by murdering sinners, accompanied by a mysterious stranger. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/1/2014

    " This book is not seperated into chapter which makes it difficult to read but it is a really interesting view of good and evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/18/2013

    " Had I encountered this book when I was younger, I might well have turned out to be a serial killer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/29/2013

    " The writing style might be a little hard for some people to get through but its an interesting classical read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Johnston | 10/14/2013

    " once used to the style of writing both in the narrative and the memoirs I became intrigued by the story yet slightly unsettled that the ending was set no more than a mile from my home. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/25/2013

    " meh. Hard to sympathise with a main character who is a religious zealot who then finds that doesn't work out so well for him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheyda | 10/27/2012

    " I'm hoping that the value of this text will become clear after I get through some other material but I just could not get into this for anything other than academic reasons. It was too like Maturin's "Melmoth the Wanderer" for me to find the novelty compelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J.E. | 10/4/2012

    " It's hard to engage with a book when you don't buy the dogma that comprises its dramatic premise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray Melville | 9/27/2012

    " Excellent. Very deep, requires to be read again as I am sure I will get more from it second time through "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 9/1/2012

    " The first ever psychological novel? James Hogg obviously didn't like the Calvinists of his time, and some of this is very funny as well as being very scathing. You need to be able to understand written Scots at times though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brs36 | 8/13/2012

    " Wild. How did this avid reader get to be fifty years old and never hear of this book? "

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