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(4.7 stars; 112 reviews)

The Author Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England on the 29th of May, 1874. Though he considered himself a mere "rollicking journalist," he was actually a prolific and gifted writer in virtually every area of literature. A man of strong opinions and enormously talented at defending them, his exuberant personality nevertheless allowed him to maintain warm friendships with people--such as George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells--with whom he vehemently disagreed. Chesterton had no difficulty standing up for what he believed. He was one of the few journalists to oppose the Boer War. His 1922 "Eugenics and Other Evils" attacked what was at that time the most progressive of all ideas, the idea that the human race could and should breed a superior version of itself. In the Nazi experience, history demonstrated the wisdom of his once "reactionary" views.

Chesterton wrote several works of Christian apologetics, the best known of which are "Orthodoxy", "Heretics", and "The Everlasting Man". (Summary from Project Gutenberg) (7 hr 15 min)


Introductory Remarks 6:24 Read by Ray Clare
On the Importance of Orthodoxy 19:56 Read by Ray Clare
On the Negative Spirit 19:27 Read by Ray Clare
On Mr. Rudyard Kipling and Making the World Small 22:44 Read by Ray Clare
Mr. Bernard Shaw 20:39 Read by Ray Clare
Mr. H. G. Wells and the Giants 33:09 Read by Ray Clare
Christmas and the Esthetes 14:46 Read by Ray Clare
Omar and the Sacred Vine 15:08 Read by Ray Clare
The Mildness of the Yellow Press 21:32 Read by Ray Clare
The Moods of Mr. George Moore 10:19 Read by Ray Clare
On Sandals and Simplicity 11:10 Read by Ray Clare
Science and the Savages 16:19 Read by Ray Clare
Paganism and Mr. Lowes Dickinson 26:51 Read by Ray Clare
Celts and Celtophiles 11:13 Read by Ray Clare
On Certain Modern Writers and the Institution of the Family 25:00 Read by Ray Clare
On Smart Novelists and the Smart Set 28:16 Read by Ray Clare
On Mr. McCabe and a Divine Frivolity 26:30 Read by Ray Clare
On the Wit of Whistler 19:09 Read by Ray Clare
The Fallacy of the Young Nation 29:44 Read by Ray Clare
Slum Novelists and the Slums 26:00 Read by Ray Clare
Concluding Remarks on the Importance of Orthodoxy 31:23 Read by Ray Clare


A champion of believing in something - especially if it's true

(5 stars)

This is a brilliant work. The meat of it includes numerous references with which few modern readers will be deeply familiar, and an occasional gem of an idea. The intro (I mean the first two chapters and the preface) and conclusion are excellent. I appreciate the reader's work. He is decisive in his speech and does not strain in order to sound emotional.

A coherent view of philosophy

(5 stars)

I have read his later book, Orthodoxy. There he spoke of things I would've not known why unless I read this one. I love his style and approach. If this world has gone wrong, left or right, it was because he could show the straight path.


(4 stars)

As always Chesterton produces a masterpiece of thought and action. It is the one who studies the poor as though they are different than themselves who are the most nonsensical about poverty.

(5 stars)

Amazing book with plenty of insights into modern believes. We are living out Chesterton's prophecy.

Made me think

(5 stars)

This book's misleading title kept me away from it for years. Mr. Chesterton's definition of a heretic seems to have less to do with religion per se, and more to do with faults of logic or intellectual laziness. Given when it was written, it helps to brush up on your 19th century English literature notes so you will recognize the writers he criticizes!


(3.5 stars)

Thanks so much for this fine reading. Chesterton’s insights are profound. However, his insistence on mechanical, unrelenting paradoxes here and elsewhere grows wearisome. Or as he might say, “Paradoxes can be trying, but trying need not be paradoxical.”

(4 stars)

good reading of excellent material! My only objection is the quality of the recording itself (not the voice or reader).


(5 stars)

beautifully done, this man was truly a man of excellent thoughts and expression