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Considered by many to be the first autobiography/memoir ever written, Confessions is a retrospective view of a life challenged by uncertainty, doubt, human frailty, and earthly desires. Augustine discovers and cherishes a deeply personal relationship with his God, all while describing the day-to-day dealings of his life in the fading, corrupt days of the Roman Empire.
Translated in 1997 by Maria Boulding, this version of The Confessions contains clear, modern language.
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Although this is not an unabridged version of Augustine's Confessions, the reader is excellent. His deep, young, clear voice is far more appropriate for Augustine's intellectual searching and emotional life as a young adult than are the older voices that read the unabridged, and perhaps more philosophically accurate translations. The reader is so very good and appropriate that you feel as if Augustine lives down the road, has become a good friend, and that his life of the 4th century could be occurring alongside your own. The price is excellent for either the perfect introduction to St. Augustine or to a more lively version of his timeless telling of his inner life. The unabridged version on iTunes is read by a much older man, is more poetic (thees and thous), and is a good translation of his Christian neoplatonic thinking in chapters 10 - 12. I have both, but never tire of Adam Dudley's "you are there" reading.