I have sincerely enjoyed Jesus of Nazareth Vol. II from Pope Benedict XVI.
In regards to content, there is much to glean from the material inside this book. Pope Benedict immediately began transforming my understanding of Liturgy and discipleship by opening my heart to a greater depth of perspective about the events of Holy Week.
While his writing style is academic in nature, I did not find it overly verbiose or excessively challenging to the point of being unable to enjoy it. On the contrary, Pope Benedict's writing style is both elegant and accessible. It is very conversational. I felt in the presence of an excellent teacher who sincerely wants me to understand.