• Messiah

  • A Novel
  • By: Gore Vidal
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Messiah traces the collapse of Christianity and the rise of the next great religion of Western civilization: Cavism. Founded by undertaker John Cave, Cavism holds that it is a holy thing to die. Packaged by a marketing genius, the new religion conquers the world more quickly than any prior memeplex, but pockets of resistance remain. Eugene Luther, formerly an apostle of Cavism, now a hunted apostate, writes his memoirs as a last gesture of freedom while the noose of a totalitarian religious state tightens around him.

A blend of satire and secular prophecy first published in 1954, Messiah anticipates the rise of televangelism and engineered religions such as Scientology (Vidal met L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s), and prefigures the great religio-dystopian novels of the era: Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and Vonnegut’s Cat'sCradle.

©1954, 1965 Gore Vidal (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A Really Well Read Story And Very Professional Audiobook

I completely enjoyed every aspect of this novel, reading, and listening experience. This is a novel authored by an iconic writer and published in 1954. I have been reading numerous, although not all, Gore Vidal novels in the order of publication and this is my favorite thus far.

I am studying Gore Vidal as an author. Therefore I read a hard copy of this story, also on Kindle, as well as the audiobook. I found minor variations on all three, This audiobook is excellent, professional, and can be followed by listening, although the story, at times, is intricate and I was glad that I was also reading. Thank You...

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