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Evan MacIan is a tall, dark-haired, blue-eyed Scottish Highlander and a devout Roman Catholic. James Turnbull is a short, red-haired, gray-eyed Lowlander and a devout but naïve atheist. The two meet when MacIan smashes the window of the street office where Turnbull publishes an atheist journal. This act of rage occurs when MacIan sees posted on the shop's window a sheet that blasphemes the Virgin Mary, presumably implying she was an adulteress who gave birth to an illegitimate Jesus.

When MacIan challenges Turnbull to a duel to the death, Turnbull is overjoyed. For 20 years, no one paid the slightest attention to his Bible bashing. Now at last someone is taking him seriously!

Public Domain (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Thoughtful and Thrilling

This is an excellent story about two guys who can't seem to kill one another. It is really a blast from the past with some 1905 rhetoric which can startle modern sensibilities, but draws you back in with a real tale of sympathetic characters and complex questions. I was enthralled and often moved by the dramatic storytelling and vivid imagery which pack the pages of the whole thing. The performanfe was top notch, too. Can't recommend this book enough.

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Terrific performance

One of the most entertaining of Chesterton's novels, wonderfully read here. It is a rollicking, hilarious adventure. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant book

Chesterson is a master of paradox. From the main character not being able to explain why he broke the atheists window for blasphemy against the Virgin Mary when they won't let him talk about Religion. To the people wanting to let the atheist and the catholic fight a duel for a ladies honor but not for their beliefs.

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Surprising, clever, funny, and divinely thought provoking. Chesterton saw things about the world that we are still blind to. I highly recommend.

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I never get tired of this book...

I listen to this a few times a year. The performance is stellar. I wish Gildart Jackson narrated more books...

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A Great Read

Chesterton never disappoints, and the narrator added to the overall appeal of the book. I would highly recommend this audiobook.

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exceptional

Wow. What a ride. Amazingly read with great skill and entertaining to the maximum. As you would expect from Chesterton, it's a fantastically fun story too.

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Brilliant Classic

Parable adventure materialist rationalism vs Catholic way of life. Starts as a duel and ends in a madhouse.

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Profoundly multilayered book

My first attempt at Chesterton fiction, and I was not at all disappointed. I love the way he weaved a compelling story and philosophical arguments together. I saw many fragments of orthodoxy and some of his other essays in parts of the story. The narrator was quite stilted and jarring at normal speed, but at 1.3x the speed, it was quite enjoyable.

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Most Remarkable Prophecy of the Previous Century

If The Everlasting Man was Chesterton getting the drop on all of modern apologetics. This is him outgoing Orwell before the poor sap was even able to hold a pen. If you want a story that looks into the effect of a world that is overcome by the spirit of the age, this is your stop. Some things are, in fact, worth fighting for.