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Fear and Trembling

By: Søren Kierkegaard
Narrated by: Mark Meadows
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Summary

From the perspective of an unbeliever, Fear and Trembling explores the paradox of faith, the nature of Christianity, and the complexity of human emotion. Kierkegaard examines the biblical story of Abraham, who was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac, and forces us to consider Abraham's state of mind. What drove Abraham, and what made him carry out such an absurd and extreme request from God? Kierkegaard argues that Abraham's agreement to sacrifice Isaac, and his suspension of reason, elevated him to the highest level of faith. He explores more comprehensible alternatives, but in each one Abraham fails the test of faith, thus showing that true faith cannot be explained, understood, or made rational.

His thesis is a compelling counterpoint to Hegel, who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought, and it proved a significant source of inspiration to later existentialist philosophers such as Camus and Sartre.

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A painful borefest

I had high hopes for my first foray into Kierkegaard. Fear and trembling came highly recommended as one of his masterworks. It is however, one of the most boring, uneventful and tedious philosophical works I have ever come across.... and that's up against some pretty stiff competition from Kant and Liebniz. The narration was dull and monotonous, but no amount of enthusiasm could save the material. I'm sure Kierkegaard could have summed up his approach to Abraham in half a page, perhaps even a sentence. You will literally gain nothing from this book. Read/listen to it only if you are compelled to by some outside threat.

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Fantastic

Great book. Marvelously read. Possibly my favourite audible purchase yet. I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in philosophy.

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  • 06-03-20

Great book and Formidable Narration

Enough has been written on this marvelous work. Here, I have nothing to add,
As for the narration, before buying this audio-book I seriously considered if hearing instead of reading was appropriate considering the nature of this work. But now am short of word to praise the magnificent performance of Mark Meadows in a task that is as challenging as it could be. Kierkegaard's thoughtfulness and poetics, drama and perplexity have found a perfect translation in a narration that is by itself a work of art.

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  • No to Statism
  • 02-05-19

Great Insight

This is my first exposure to Soren Kierkegaard, and I must say; it was very impressive! His dedication to properly understanding faith in God, is for me, awe inspiring. In this audiobook, we are given insight into the often peculiar nature of active faith. And personally, I was able to fully identify with the vivid descriptions Mr. Kierkegaard deftly shares.

Also, Mark Meadows did an excellent job in reading the text of this audiobook. Indeed, Naxon who produced this audiobook, did a superb job in all areas related to its production and presentation! And finally, I happily recommend Fear and Trembling.

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  • Ike
  • 04-08-19

Refreshingly clear

Very clear Thesis. Very nicely orated. My favorite from Soren K. this far. I definitely recommend.

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  • Keith
  • 12-02-20

very thought provoking

The concepts presented were to difficult to grasp through an audible book. I've got the print book on the way.

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  • R. Samuel Braden
  • 09-11-22

fascinating but difficult

fascinating concept of a book. interesting ideas to consider. but hard to follow all the points as the author wins his way through several ways of looking at the scenario. I found the most thought provoking chapters earlier in the book. and later on, became it confusing

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 11-10-22

Dense but good

Dense but always manageable, perhaps watch a video about Kierkegaard before listening to this book.

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  • dan
  • 24-06-22

read twice

I found myself struggling alot the first time through so I listened again right after finishing and it was like it all clicked, so thats my suggestion to anyone who struggles with it like I did

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03-04-22

Abraham The Wise

1st 3rd 9/10
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I recommend the first 3rd.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 20-11-21

Essential existentialism.

if you enjoy contemplating the intersection of Faith with the absurdity of existence then read this.

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  • Justin Stacy
  • 07-08-21

Very dense

I’d say similar difficulty level to Kant. I was able to take away some core concepts, but it was tough to follow. Also would recommend familiarity with Hegel beforehand because Kierkegaard references him frequently