©2005 Ravi Zacharias; (P)2005 Oasis Audio LLC, under arrangement with Multnomah Publishers
Dreadful rubbish - almost pantomime......but that's insulting pantomime. I bought this audiobook in the mistaken belief that it would be a fascinating discussion between two very famous people at the opposite ends of the generally accepted morality scale. All we get is two hours of drivel with silly accents about how horrible Hitler was. There was no sensible discussion and there was nothing of interest in this, the worst audiobook I have ever bought. Even the awful, "The Lotus and The Cross" is better than this (and that's saying something!)
I was annoyed by the overdone dramatization.
"A brilliant Idea that was poorly executed."
One. Men who only value power would never listen to a man who tries to appeal to his emotions and reason. 'Look what you've done Hitler, you've murdered thousands don't you feel horrible?!' He would have scoffed and said something like 'Then you'll be just another of the weak who have fallen dead at my glorious power.' And then put a bullet between his eyes. For men who value power, the only way to get through to them is to be more powerful than them. That's why we have the Justice system. That is why we bombed them mercilessly. Thats why Bonhoeffer was apart of the resistance to assassinate him. That's why Jesus comes in Revelation with wrath and a sword.
Another thing was the voice acting was really bad. The only voice i believed was the american in the prologue. The german accents were really fake sounding and you even chanced Hitler's voice actor after he commits suicide. And Jesus's voice sounded like some college kid that still had teenage angst. Nothing like the sound of rushing water both gentle and soothing yet powerful and authoritative.
And lastly some of the writing was just simply heavy handed. Like when the character's are saying what they're doing or where they are going. I know it's supposed to be a dialogue; and the reader can't see what the characters are doing unless the book tells them what's going on; but you could have done that with a narrator in the 3rd person like, 'Jesus then lead Hitler into a court room.' Or if you wanted to just use the dialogue you could have said it like this: 'Jesus: Step in to my court room Hitler.' Otherwise it just sounds really cheesy.
Yes, the heavy handedness would not need to be there since i could physically see what the characters are doing. And if better actors played the part.
"A very interesting scenario"
The idea of Jesus sitting calmly and letting Hitler have his say is quite intriguing. The scenario is done according to Scripture that everyone will have their day in court.
Some of the ideas are difficult to understand unless they have your full attention. As an audio learner I can usually engage in another activity as well as listen but not in this case. It is certainly straightforward and is logical. The presupposition here is that there is an afterlife and how Hitler might respond to that reality.
"Interesting to say the least."
Interesting delve into the most fascinating "what if" meeting of history. Enjoyed, and would recommend.
I liked the passionate way this book was written but I disliked how little was said and how they could have expounded more on the subject of Hitler and his life. I wish it could have gone on longer. I recommend this book for fans of history and hearing more about Hitler.
"Only thing interesting is the title"
Typical notions of judgement used...a courtroom (how dull). The Jesus narrator was awful. Way overdid the Christian lecturing. I know that 1+1 = 2.
I think I am done. This was book 2.
In many ways. The Jesus narrator sounded like a boy and Hitler was a man, so it was like a boy lecturing to man...The whole first chapter (scene) stank of Job's friends...if you know what I mean.
I am not a fan of lecturing of this type, which at it's core is ALL this book is. It is not an exploration of Hitler and Jesus discussions. it is just rehashing the author's interpretations of the Bible. I realize anyhow who would speculate on their conversation might be incorrect, but that is why I read books. I want an author to think of this (that is truly creative). If I wanted to read the Bible, I would just do that.
"An excelletn read form a great man."
Not sure on ranking, but I did enjoy it.
I can find no other comparison.
I can think of no tagline.
Ravi should write more books like this with Jesus speaking to others.
Very thought provoking presentation. Shows that even Hitler could have sought forgiveness through Christ but his massive ego overshadows the Masters voice.
"a unbalanced christian screed"
I could hardly have been more disappointed in this short book. The title suggested I'd encounter, at least, a philosophical tussle between diametrically opposed positions. And the brief blurb provided here suggested the same.
What you get, though, is a religious tract that is almost without argumentation.
A huge let down -- anticipating a thrilling dialog -- hope dashed by a rather heavy handed, conventional (and facile) surface skim of christian ethics.
It was great listening to this book. The dramatization was excellent. The only sad part was that it ended after 2 hours. Looking forward to more works like this from Ravi Zacharias.
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