If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, these two short works are a great reiteration of his beliefs regarding traditional morality, the afterlife, and the basis of ethics. The Great Divorce is in the style of an extended analogy and is actually littlw harder to follow than the more straightforward Abolition of Man. If you are at all concerned about the moral relativism that has creeped into the thought of both the academy and the common man in the West in the last two generations, then the Abolion of Man is a must listen for debunking that ideology. Brilliant as always and very well read, these two short masterpieces are the essence of Lewis.
It's not possible to say enough good things about this audiobook. C.S.Lewis is one of the best authors of all time and probably my favorite. The narrator of these 2 books does a very good job immersing you into "The Great Divorce" and the story will certainly move you. Get this audiobook!
This review is more about my first expereince with audible, and choosing this book as an experiment. This is not a book review, but more of a technical review on how my needs were met by using audible. First of all, Whitfield does an amazing job with his dramatic reading of The Great Divorce, which is the first book read, not sure why the title has it the other way round. The Abolition of Man is also well read, however I find theological readings difficult to concentrate on while driving and I rather enjoy a story to keep me entertained. I use a 4th generation iPod and connect it to my car stereo for my daily commute. I decided to give this "hearing a book" method a try while being couped up in the car for 2 hours a day. Knowing that I would not finish the book on my first drive, I wondered how this audible thing would work out. I delightfully discovered that the iPod would remember my spot in the book after turning the iPod off and/or playing music inbetween, then returning to the book in the audible selection playlist. Also while playing the audio book I also discovered that hitting the centre button reveals a timeline with chapter markers. I can skip ahead/backward by chapters in the book much like a DVD chapter selection for a movie. This is much better than fastforwarding/rewinding method to play favourite/certain chapters. Not sure if this is the same for all audio books, but my experience with The Great Divorce and the Abolition of Man has been extremely satisfying.
C.S. Lewis is so good for my distracted mind. He explores ideas deeply and I need that in my world. I will listen to it again in the future and get even more out of it. This was my second time.
Both titles are excellently written and well thought out perspectives and ideas. The language was challenging for me, but worth the effort. The reader is clear and easy to listen to.
Author understands serious flaws in human nature and has an uncanny ability to convey his understanding to the reader.
When the ghost allows the lizard on his shoulder to be killed and the transformation that comes over him once the decision has been made.
He very convincingly portrayed the various ghosts portrayed in the book.
Being consciously blind to our own shortcomings is what keeps us from making real progress as people. See what is holding you back from personal progress and fix it.
I have recommended this book to most of my close friends and family. I will come back to this book many times in the future.
Combining the Great Divorce and the Abolition of Man came across fairly awkward different types of work. That was hard to say anything from CS Lewis would be bad, I felt that the evolution of man was a little boring to me, though some very important and great points involved.
That said, the Great Divorce was a great book and the reading by Vance was outstanding. I believe Mr. Lewis would have approved.
The Great Divorce and The Abolition of Man for the price make getting these books a no brainier. I love the Great Divorce as it really makes you think.
timeless insight into human nature. cs lewis reasons out and presents difficult truths in a way I can understand.