The Wisdom of Father Brown

Written by:
G. K. Chesterton
Narrated by:
Martin Clifton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2016
7 hours 18 minutes
This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton's fictional detective, first published in 1914. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and "civilized" clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O'Connor (1870 - 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire. (Summary by Martin)
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Anne Jenson

reader had no expression so it was easy to just forget to listen.

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Lorraine Simpson

A great selection of short stories staring Father Brown I'm new to this series, and will be looking for more of these great tales, the way the writer has set the plot out , you think ah yes and then the way Father Brown can brake it down to make perfect sense of what really happened. G.K.Chesterton is a very clever writer, what a clever mind.

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Evelyn B.

Interesting short stoties

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Frances L.

I am a huge Father Brown fan. I enjoyed this book very much.

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Intriguing short stories of events in which Father Brown’s intelligence and unique way of thinking brings to light the truth in a times keeping the innocent from being accused. The sort of writing that keeps you glued to your device so you don’t miss anything. There are a lot of thought provoking ideas that come through. Some of which have nothing to do with the plot. But an insight into the intellectual ideas of the time, as if Chesterton used Father Brown stories to contemplate his own understanding of the new ideas and thinking. Perhaps he did? The reader was ok, but rather ponderous. I realised at the end, that I could have increased the speed of the recording.

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Some very racist content. Probably normal for the time it was written, but shocking nonetheless.

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Margaret B

Great book very enjoyable read. The story teller was very good also

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Great stories , Father Brown is a unexpected sloth and too clever for the criminals. The narrator has a lovely voice and I found him soothing in a harried world.

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