• Bondage of the Will

  • By: Martin Luther
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Bondage of the Will

By: Martin Luther
Narrated by: Nadia May
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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1525, Martin Luther's Bondage of the Will is acknowledged by theologians as one of the great masterpieces of the Reformation. It is Luther response to Desiderius Erasmus' Diatribe on Free Will, written in his direct and unique style, combining deep spirituality with humor. Luther writes powerfully about man's depravity and God's sovereignty. The crucial issue for Luther concerned what ability free will has, and to what degree it is subject to God's sovereignty. For Luther, this key issue of free will is directly connected to God's plan of salvation. Is man able to save himself, or is his salvation entirely a work of divine grace? This work is vital to understanding the primary doctrines of the Reformation and will long remain among the great theological classics of Christian history.
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Wrong voice for Bondage.

fantastic material as is anything written by Martin Luther, but the voice is hard to listen to. she's a fine reader, but Luther should be read by a man, preferably with a German accent.

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Great book but don't like the recording

It is unsettling as a LC-MS member to buy a recording of a book written by our great church leader who is a man and have to read and recorded by a woman. I could not listen as I could not get off the fact that this not right a woman reading what is written in first person by Martin Luther read by a lady when indeed Martin was a great man.

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British woman with bad accent

The narrator was absolutely terrible. I was looking forward to this book, but can't understand her British accent. I've only listened to 3 minutes of her reading out of the 11 hours I purchased and I am ready to ask for a refund.

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Wow. Thank you

This book was very good. It articulates the reformed view in the simplest terms as possible. I hope many modern evangelicals take the time to read this. It is worth it.

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Great change of pace,quality writing, great reader

If you could sum up Bondage of the Will in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, informative, riveting

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

I love listening to her tell Luther's antagonist off in such a genteel way.

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Old English and Hard To Follow Along Narration

I had to exchange this book after about 40 minutes of listening because I felt like I was listening to a totally different language. The book is written in old English and the woman reading the book has a strong accent also.

I recommend trying to listen to it to absorb the content but if it's to challenging just exchange it.

with the actual content of the book I dont have much to say because I couldn't understand most of it. my only complaint is the narration and old English content.

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Luther rips “friend” Erasmus a new one

In regards to Luther, it is well spoken and hilarious. He holds back nothing in the way of sarcasm and verbal assault toward “friend” Erasmus. Yet Luther allows every consideration possible to him. Luther weighs every point against scripture and does the word justice in an impeccable manner. In regards to the narrator, she reads well and speaks clearly.

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MUST READ!

A must-read for every Christian who seeks deeper knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible, and salvation

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A window into Luther's heart and incredible mind.

Just finished this one. Wow! A chest full of innumerable treasures. I'll definitely need to revisit this one, and next time with much bigger pockets!

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Excellent book: Terrible Narration ….

(Excellent book: Terrible Narration)

Luther had a very strong personality, I have heard other female actors who have strong personalities.
This actress did not.

If you read this book, you can almost hear
Martin Luther’s passion, he was very passionate about everything, especially this subject.

This was a time when the Roman Catholic Church burned Reformers.
There was a good reason for his passion.

For example when I hear a small guy with a gentle voice read the Manuscripts of Charles Spurgeon: it is the same.
Spurgeon was a big guy with a big voice, who was very passionate about being a tool for God in saving souls. A voice actor with passion & big lungs needs to read his manuscripts and books.

Sam
(Eph. 2:1-10)