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  • Chesterton's Gateway

  • 14 Essays to Get You Hooked on Chesterton
  • By: Ethan Nicolle
  • Narrated by: Ethan Nicolle
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

Chesterton's Gateway was made for the person who has always loved Chesterton quotes, but has never been able to finish - or perhaps even start - a Chesterton book. This is because there really is no really good "first" Chesterton book. They are all hard the first time around. Chesterton was an essayist, and it is through his essays he is best discovered. Ethan Nicolle has put together this assortment of essays, a list he often gives to people who ask him where to start with Chesterton. Included are chapter introductions to help with context.

“G.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. Why? Because he primarily wrote for the newspapers. He had to capture a reader and complete an idea in one sitting. But those thousands of throwaway essays still survive and sparkle as brightly as ever. Ethan Nicolle has provided a perfect sampling from the vast treasure.” (Dale Ahlquist, President , Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton)

©2021 Ethan Nicolle (P)2021 Ethan Nicolle

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  • Trevor Scott Andersen
  • 21-10-21

Gateway drug

I have been clamoring for an annotated Chesterton collection for as long as I have been a rabid fanboy and sometime Chesterton cosplayer. Ethan Nicole approaches the footnotes with the same lightness of heart Chesterton uses in his writing. This collection was so good, after listening through I immediately sat my wife and several dogs down on the couch and watched their faces for signs of amusement as I played 6 hours of Chesterton essays for them.

Great book!

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  • mr and mrs jim rudolph
  • 13-12-21

TOPS

This audiobook is perfect. Ethan is the PERFECT person to create this. He explains Chesterton’s obscure references in a hilarious and humble way. Between the humor and wit of Chesterton and the humor and humility of Ethan it’s pretty much perfect.

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  • Amy
  • 27-11-21

Experience Joy - the Chesterton book Chesterton would have liked

This book is amazing. The depth of a great novel with the feel if a fun podcast. There are lots of books about how to read Chesterton, but i feel like this is the first one Chesterton would have enjoyed.

Ethan Nicolle has a pleasant voice (sort of a mature adult version of Kermit the Frog.) In a similar vain, the GK and Ethan duo will have you laughing and giggling and then noticing that you understand deep and beautiful ideas. If you need joy and peace and happiness in your life, you need this audiobook!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-22

Great Introduction to Chesterton

I had never read any Chesterton before this but now I’m hooked! Ethan’s choice of essays spans quite a range of Chesterton’s style, topics and humor. I love the subtle and sometimes not so subtle wit of his prose, however the thought process is incredibly deep and insightful like C.S. Lewis.

Ethan’s performance in reading is fun and refreshing. His sense of humor bleeds through and adds a lot to the reading. The footnotes are read inline with the text to add much needed context that would be missing otherwise.

Now that I’m done with the book, I’m going to listen again!

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  • Daniel
  • 22-04-22

exceptional

Ethan Nicolle, is perfect for this. His humor and story telling align greatly with that of G.K. Chesterton. Would highly recommend.

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  • John DeHope
  • 07-04-22

Very personal

My only commentary is that I would have liked the footnotes to have all been at the end. That way I could listen to the entire original piece, and then consume the footnotes. As it is you cannot just listen to the original piece without being interrupted constantly by the footnotes. After you’ve heard them once they’re unnecessary the second time. But you have to listen to them in any case. I just put them at the end.

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  • SarahK
  • 27-02-22

Brilliantly written and narrated

Ethan Nicolle is a household name around here, as we have loved his work since the Axe Cop days. The adults love him, the kids love him, and we're pretty sure the cats love him. Now Ethan has made G. K. Chesterton a household name here, too. This is a fantastic introduction to Chesterton that makes me want to read more of his work. The narration is a ton of fun, especially the footnotes.

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  • Clayton
  • 30-01-22

Unlike any Audio book you've heard before

Ethan Nicolle's love for Chesterton pours out in this collection of his essays. He makes anyone feel like they could dive into his works. His reading of the book makes him feel like he decided to do this in his basement put of sheer love foe GKC, and that is a good thing

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  • Angela Jarrett
  • 27-01-22

Love the footnotes!

I have always wanted to read Chesterton but was intimidated and didn’t know where to start. Thank you for putting this together and for all of the awesome footnotes! I’m now going to order the book and relisten as I read along.

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  • Landon
  • 08-01-22

Great gateway into Chesterton

It is very clear as you listen that Ethan Nicolle had a lot of fun reading and footnoting this work. I have always loved Chesterton's fiction, but have not read many of his esays or nonfiction. Great listen!