• Heretics and Heroes

  • How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cahill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the inimitable bestselling author Thomas Cahill, another popular history - this one focusing on how the innovations of the Renaissance and the Reformation changed the Western world. A truly revolutionary audiobook.

In Volume VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History series, Thomas Cahill guides us through the thrilling period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (the late fourteenth to the early seventeenth century), so full of innovation and cultural change that the Western world would not experience its like again until the twentieth century. Beginning with the continent-wide disaster of the Black Death, Cahill traces the many developments in European thought and experience that served both the new humanism of the Renaissance and the seemingly abrupt religious alterations of the increasingly radical Reformation. This is an age of the most sublime artistic and scientific adventure, but also of newly powerful princes and armies and of newly found courage, as many thousands refuse to bow their heads to the religious pieties of the past. It is an era of just-discovered continents and previously unknown peoples. More than anything, it is a time of individuality in which a whole culture must achieve a new balance if the West is to continue.

©2013 Thomas Cahill (P)2013 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"[Thomas] Cahill narrates with ease and clarity and, if anything, improves upon the immediacy of the written text. An added advantage of this audio version is that it allows one to research and view simultaneously the art works he is discussing - for example, the various Renaissance Davids, a high point of this title. Here all the potential of audio production is perfectly achieved." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Great story, bad decision to narrate your own book

What made the experience of listening to Heretics and Heroes the most enjoyable?

I love the author's books, I enjoy his approach to history

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thomas Cahill?

My personal favorite of those who have narrated his books is John Lee

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

No

Any additional comments?

Don't be put off by his pedestrian narration, listen to the whole series!

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Excellent

Great book, as is expected from Cahill. He does a great job of researching history, and he is a magnificent story teller.

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Please sir, don't narrate any more of your books.

Cahill is my favorite historian. I've read every book. He is also a delightful lecturer... I heard him when he was in town flacking this book and he was great. But honestly, please, this reading is deadly.

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Roots

Amazing study on the roots of what we believe today as gospel, came from the depths of the reformation and the Renaissance.

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I am not alone.

The book has given added background to my leaving the Roman church 60 or so years ago. I thank Mr. Cahill for it.

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fascinating inspiring enlightening wonderful

couldn't put it down...changed the way I see art and religion forever. I highly recommend

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very informative.

Struggled at the beginning but settled in to the rythym and cadence quickly. well delivered.

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Too much revisionism & propaganda

There are some brilliant descriptions and passages, but a few recurring revisionist lapses and heavy handed propaganda make the course a miserable slog. Too bad. At first, it could have been ignorance, then it became clear Thomas had several broken axes to grind.

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A Wonderful Read

This book is more like an essay than a history. It is magnificent. His description and meditation on Luther is fabulous and enlightening. The prose regarding the Renaissance artists is inspiring. A large breadth of topics is touched upon with equal passion. This is not a book for historians; it is a book for the rest of us.

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Rata Tat Tat on That Reformation

There are enough interesting happenings to learn here to make this a worthwhile experience. Yet, I have now read all the Thomas Cahill publications. For the most part, they are all difficult to put down, easy to praise, and fun reads. Unfortunately, Heretics and Heroes, How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World, written and read by Thomas Cahill, just does not come across with the same pizzaz. Readable but, that’s it just readable. The very interesting historical facts are displayed in a Rata Tat Tat style, often leaving the reader discombobulated as to what is the topic being discussed. If you have a choice to read one of the earlier works, then get to this one later in your readings