The audio recording sounds normal for the era in which it was recorded and I thought I would enjoy listening to the book with CS Lewis as the narrator but I did not. The recording was done in a room with a lot of echo effect and his English accent is thick. These two effects put together have the effect of making Lewis' voice drone through the material. I will look for another version of the book.
Since there is not another to be tried I can safely say no.
I miss sound justification for his views on love. I miss Lewis to question his own viewpoint and suggest completely different systems to describing love. Had this book been written today it would have been dismissed as dogmatic.
I only heard the first 35 minutes, and thought one really have to be christian to buy into this type of arguing.
This book was written as a lecture to an audience that is familiar already with the general concepts. I'd have written this as a book to discuss these topics with a varied group of people.
I would recommend 'The Four Loves' to anyone looking to better understand their personal motivations.
Yes, the narration matched the pace of the story.
This book inspired me to consider how to best love a woman.
Listen to this lecture if you are interested in C.S. Lewis.
I love that mind he has to plainly state the overlooked practicality of love as outlined by life and backed by Biblical theology. He uncovers for us simple folks where we might falter when thinking and living out love in everyday life. Great book for remembering how to live others more appropriately.
How I wish we had more of Lewis's books In His Voice. Like most Englishmen, he speaks low and without much variation so he sounds dull to the American ear. But once the American ear actually listens to him, whole rooms open up in the mind and imagination! His understated style makes his humor that much more delightful. Chuck Coulson's cloying, and completely unnecessary, introductions are useful only as contrast to the Professor's clear, concise, and insightful lessons...skip them, they say nothing that Lewis doesn't say better, and without sappy condescension.
Lewis is always worth listening to/reading. The Four Loves, however, has so much solid insight, instantly applicable to one's life while also food for much thought. It is a double value!
My favorite section is the one on Eros. Our culture is so very wrong, on so many levels, about this kind of love, and the resulting heartache and disappointment is so unnecessary. A little time spent listening to Lewis unravel the rat's nest we've made of love could correct expectations and lead to much more satisfying relationships.
I listen to this series of lectures often, while painting, cooking, driving, doing computer games. Every time I find some new insight that I missed earlier. I recommend all of his writings - they are good food for the brain and fertile soil for the soul.
I listened to this over a weekend.
In this short work he covers the four types of love: affection, friendship/companionship, romantic and charity. In his usual rational, clear and easy to follow way he goes over each clarifying their true nature, value, and the dangers to watch out for (natural isn't always right). It should go without say but this is Christian view but I think anyone will benefit from it.
This is one of those reads which everyone can relate to and will relate to different sections based on where they are in life. I tried to bookmark the insightful passages for later review but I practically ended up marking the whole chapter. I will definitely be rereading it in the future.