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Filled with humor, wisdom and loving detail, the powerful story of Peter Marshall's life has touched the hearts and minds of millions of people. It's a story about love - the love between a dynamic man and his God, and the tender love between a man and the woman he married. It is also the gripping adventure of a poor Scottish immigrant who became chaplain of the United States Senate and one of the most revered men in America.

A Man Called Peter became the number-one best-seller when it was published in 1951, and around the world lives were changed by reading of the chaplain's remarkable faith.

In the foreword to this audiobook, Peter's son writes, "Even when [Dad's] words were preached 'secondhand'. . . in the movie version of A Man Called Peter, they had an amazing effect on people." Through Peter's story and the compelling sermons and prayers included in A Man Called Peter, you will discover insight into God, man, and life on earth and hereafter. You will also be encouraged by the realization that "if God can do so much for a man called Peter, he can do as much for you."

©1999 Catherine Marshall; 2010 Oasis Audio

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  • JamesOtis
  • 09-10-2011

Great content, sad performance.

Would you try another book from Catherine Marshall and/or Renee Ertl?

Catherine Marshall was a gifted author. The story is extraordinary and inspirational. I have found it most uplifting. The narration by Renee Ertl, however, is sadly lacking. She has a pleasant voice, but mispronounces many words and has a halting, stilted style of reading. She constantly misinterprets phrases, putting odd emphasis and pauses where they don't belong. It interferes with the listening experience, causing you to focus on her style instead of this great biography of an exceptional man. You are constantly aware that she is reading, and not very well. It's a lot like an elementary school student struggling to read poetry without inflicting it with an unnatural sing-song. Too bad. I'll never get another audio book performed by her. Doesn't anyone listen to these things before they are released for distribution?

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 24-10-2013

Great Story, Poor Reader

Though he died before I was born, I have been inspired for decades by both the book and the movie biographies of Peter Marshall. The story will inspire anyone who is interested in learning what one person can do when they are truly committed to doing what God wants from them. Both Peter Marshall and his wife, Catherine, the book's author, touched thousands of people in countless ways throughout their lives and continue to do so years after their deaths.

I'm giving 5 stars overall because the Marshalls' story is so valuable, but two cautions are in order. Naturally, the story written in 1951 is dated in many ways, from Peter Marshall's strong views about women's roles, to Catherine's omission of the formidable then-Senator Margaret Chase Smith in referring repeatedly to the senators collectively as "men," to then-contemporaneous ethnic terms. If understood for its time and place, though, it is still extremely powerful. Book, movie, and audio book are all effective, though of course the movie offers fewer details and takes a little dramatic license. Modern purchasers who can ignore these flaws in favor of the deeper spiritual value will find the story enjoyable and inspiring.

A strong caution is in order about the audio book. The reader has a pleasant enough voice and style, but for those who are attentive to grammar and diction, frankly she's woeful.

She mangles many words, either by placing the emphasis on the wrong syllable (perSONage, dispenSARy, imPOtently) or by simply garbling the pronunciation (diagnotician for diagnostician, thombrosis for thrombosis). She emphasizes the wrong word in the sentence for the context. She doesn't try very hard to use a Scottish accent, but it would be better if she didn't try at all than to fail so utterly, such as pronouncing "guid" as "guide." It's inexcusable (especially in a book about a proud Scot!) to pronounce important locations like Culloden as CULL-uh-dun, Loch Lomond as Lock LoMOND (as if it were in France, instead of Scotland!), and Edinburgh as EdinBURG.

I love the story enough to go on listening despite thinking repeatedly that the publisher should be downright ashamed to release a work with so many narration errors. If this would ruin it for you, read the print edition instead and/or see the wonderful movie. May it inspire you, as it does me, to follow God as committedly as the Marshalls did.

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  • Ann
  • 27-05-2015

Where are the sermons?

I am not especially religious, but I first read this book as a teenager 50 years ago, and some of this man's words have stayed with me for half a century. Most of them are in the sermons at the end of the book. In this revised edition there is a long, boring introduction by Peter John Marshall (their son) in which he states that he replaced one of the sermons his mother selected with one of his own favorites. Again, where are the sermons? This book is NOT unabridged. I agree with other reviewers that the reader is awful, but surely a good narrator (preferable male because Marshall was male) could have been found to read the sermons of this man.

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  • J. Forkel
  • 11-03-2021

Makes you wish you could have met Dr. Peter Marsha

Although the narrator should have been taught the correct pronunciation of cities in Scotland, the book was very well written and left me wishing I could have met & heard Dr. Marshall. We need someone like him today.

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  • Nancy Ross
  • 24-10-2020

Enlightening

This beautifully written book brings the love of God forward ensuring if His promise that if you truly believe in Him you will see the Angels of Heaven & be with all whom you've loved ❤


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  • Sarah
  • 11-07-2020

Learning about the Marshalls

I really enjoyed learning about Peter and Catherine Marshall. I didn't agree with all of their theology, but I did like learning about them.

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  • mad hatter
  • 24-06-2020

A Man Called Peter will keep you wanting more

Loved the book couldn't stay away from it
It is very inspiring and has real life solutions to ever day issues if you listen

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  • TWINDORTH
  • 06-09-2019

Wonderful story ❤️

I have always admired Peter Marshall. I have a Presbyterian background, and am now Baptist. He truly seems to have been a godly man. The book is well written. The narrator had good inflection. This was a joy to listen to!

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  • A. J. Mcdonald
  • 23-10-2016

Inspired and inspiring

The story of this man if God is definitely worth the read. The narration was at times amateurish but overall acceptable.

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  • Nancy Winston
  • 15-10-2016

Peter marshall

good though at times hard to follow. narrator was good would like to see,book of sermons

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  • al3883
  • 14-04-2018

lovely read

Wonderful inspirational story, I had read this book a long time ago, but really enjoyed listening to it this time around. Also it is beautifully read.

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  • Kirsten
  • 19-05-2015

Worst Narration EVER!

What would have made A Man Called Peter better?

Being narrated by someone who can pronounce the Scottish place-names and words.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Ertl’s performances?

Never in a million years.

Any additional comments?

That "Lock LoMOND" mispronunciation described by another reviewer is so awful! Also the reference to "Bell-shill" instead of "Bells-hill". And "Edinbur" instead of Edinburgh. I could go on but I won't. The narrator ruins this book completely. A real tragedy.

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