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Summary

Saul of Tarsus: Pharisee of Pharisees. Bitter enemy of the newborn church...until a blinding encounter with the risen Christ transformed him into Paul the apostle, ambassador of Jesus of the Gentiles. Master storyteller Walter Wangerin Jr. sweeps you into the life and times of the man who brought Christianity to the world. Here is Paul the person, viewed through the eyes of his contemporaries. His rich interaction and brilliant dialogue with friends and foes, leaders and slaves, Jews and Greeks, creates a drama - swift, intense, historical. Narrated by 10 distinct historical figures, Wangerin paints a multifaceted portrait of the fiery character whose Gospel message sundered cultural trappings to ignite a faith that would light the ages.
©2000 Walter Wangerin Jr. (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation

Critic reviews

"This book combines the very best of Wangerin's skills: biblical knowledge, a sense of drama, unobtrusive scholarship, and the ability to tell a crackling good story." (Philip Yancey)

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Ignore the experts this is not scholarship....

What disappointed you about Paul?

This is fiction pure and simple heavily influenced by an Americanised concept of Jesus and the early Church.

Would you ever listen to anything by Walter Wangerin Jr. again?

No

What didn’t you like about Walter Wangerin Jr.’s performance?

First century Jews portrayed as 21st Century Americans.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paul?

The whole book.

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Unhappy.

I tried to listen to this book but gave up ... I found it pointless and boring.

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  • Scott
  • 09-01-04

Excellent book!

This book really boosted my interest in the scriptures. Since I have finished it, I have read and reread the gospels of Paul to learn more. I am not a biblical expert, but the book seems to be accurate with no apparent flaws.

The narration is difficult to get used to at first. But after an hour or two, I became accustomed to it, and I think it even enhanced the book.

The only significant criticism that I can offer is that the book is a little slow at times.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • James Adams
  • 05-10-03

I fell in love with Paul

In this book the beautiful harmony of gifted author and equally gifted reader create a piece that made the New Testament come alive for me. The drama and the passion both inspired me and brought me to tears, as each character leaped from history into life and into my heart as the reader stepped into each one with such authenticity. Essential reading for those for whom the New Testament and this amazing apostle have for too long remained cool (or cold and dead) strangers. Not anymore!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul A. Hamel
  • 14-03-04

Great Book!

The book was well read, I almost felt I was back in time experiencing Paul's journeys, trials and tribulations

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jose Blanco
  • 06-12-03

Down to earth fiction makes the Spirit soar!

If you know scripture, you will really appreciate the way this man folds scripture into a fictional but real world framework. The voice/reading is perhaps a little better than the "Book of God." Enjoy!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Yvonne
  • 27-08-04

Not Compelling

I tried to listen to this book with an open mind. However, the nasal voice of the narrator was just too much. Add to that that I had a difficult time understanding who I was listening to in each chapter -it was very confusing. When I won't turn on an audio book while I work because it is annoying - I realise that I a) don't have to and b:)am relieved to know that I can dismiss it and go to something else. It's too bad that the narration and sound quality are not good. I think the story is basically very interesting - it's the delivery that I couldn't take.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-04

PAUL (unabridged)

This is an outstanding book. I recommend it to anyone in search of God and your own real self.

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  • Hunter
  • 27-01-03

Book might be OK - narration is terrible!

I only got about 30 minutes into this book before I had to stop listening. The plot might be great - but I couldn't get past the intensely irritating narration style. The accent the narrator has adopted, while possibly appropriate for the period of the book, nonethelss is so annoying it renders the book 'inaudible'.

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  • JJ
  • 04-05-17

Great book. Bad recording.

This is a good book, well narrated. But the recording is OLD. It was apparently made from an old cassette because at one point it gave instructions to turn the cassette tape over. The second half of the recording is plagued with repeated sections. The music on the tape goes on and on and on and completely distracts from the narration of the book. Even the quality of the recording is poor. I'm very disappointed with this Audible purchase.

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  • Jayne
  • 15-03-14

Insightful!

Would you consider the audio edition of Paul to be better than the print version?

Walter Wangerin Jr. opened up a new thought pattern for me about the Apostle Paul's struggles with the Jews. I learned many new things through this novel. It was enlightening to read and to hear on Audible. I did both. My understanding of the New Testament Jews is now deeper. I will be reading and listening to more of Walter Wangerin Jr.

What did you like best about this story?

Paul's journeys and the relationships. Loved getting a deeper understanding of the way the people lived 2000 years ago.

Which character – as performed by Walter Wangerin Jr. – was your favorite?

Paul and Barnabus. The characters in "PAUL" are Biblically accurate.
Pricilla and Aquilla were also great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - every chapter filled me with new information. It does leave one looking forward to the next sitting.

Any additional comments?

A great book! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Biblical Times.

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  • lesley yeary
  • 22-01-13

confusing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a more cohesive story

What do you think your next listen will be?

something else

How did the narrator detract from the book?

was hard to understand and seemed to stop in odd places

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment and confusion