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Summary

This is a top-quality audiobook of G. K. Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Etienne Gilson, leading scholar of Aquinas, says, "I consider it as being, without possible comparison, the best book ever written on Saint Thomas. The few readers who have spent twenty or thirty years in studying St. Thomas Aquinas, and who, perhaps, have themselves published two or three volumes on the subject, cannot fail to perceive that the so-called 'wit' of Chesterton has put their scholarship to shame."

Public Domain (P)2018 Chesterton Books

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St Thomas aquinas

narrator was brilliant...and brought out the best of Chesterton......a book that deserves to be re- listened to again and again!

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A difficult listen

While I did enjoy parts of the book, and Chesterton's talent is not in doubt I must say that I am pretty much as unsure about who St Thomas Aquinas was and what he did as I was before spending eight hours listening to this.
The book is rambling and lacks the structure to be of much use, if you wish to learn about Aquinas look elsewhere.

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A man of reason & intellect

One of Chesterton's heros we are left in no doubt and physically perhaps a similarly of size and presence. It is a good overview of Thomas's life but gives little coverage to the written works of Acquinas albeit later chapters cover something of his thinking in relation to other philosophers. Chesterton's abhorrence of Martin Luther comes out and a strange assertion that the black death was responsible for the clerical decline that led to the Reformation. The narrator's voice sounds like how I expect GK to have sounded and was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Brandicourt Pierre
  • 09-05-19

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I couldn't get past the accent and theatrical style of the narrator and really struggled to finish. Didn't get much out of this book while I had listened to another book about Aquinas which I loved.

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  • Thiago
  • 16-01-21

Not very deep

Pretty entertaining. If you liked his earlier book on St Francis of Assisi you should like this

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  • Austin Maly
  • 03-11-20

Almost not about Thomas Aquinas

This author uses so many different comparisons that you never have a biography.

Don’t buy this if your looking to understand who the man is... and what he taught and did.

Cannot imagine who would enjoy this...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-20

Awesome!

St Thomas renewal, here we come, again. Amazing the similarities of Chesterton's day to our own. My how we need this wisdom today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-19

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GK Chesterton is always worth the time. I only made it to Chapter 4 because of an odd note in the narrator's voice. Your mileage may vary on that one, though.