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.
Yes, if a performance can be better than the written word. I feel as though I'm at the theatre whenever I listen to The Great Divorce.
I've bookmarked nine conversations between the Solid People of Heaven and the Ghosts of the Gray Town. All reveal to me something of my own character or of someone I know (when they strike too close to home!).
Because of Whitfield's creative reading, I continually forget it is only one person reading this book as opposed to a large cast of readers.
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Even as an "imaginative supposal" the images of Heaven are particularly vivid.
George Macdonald. I appreciated his image as a mentor.
I enjoy listening to this one over and over again.
All of them, narrator captured the dialogue very well
His accents and different voices for all of the characters is what really made this audio book from "good" to "great."
I don't know about extreme; I did say I chuckled quite a bit as I followed along in the book, and listened to the narrator read it.
Both of these stories peer deep into the fundamental truths of the way things are... not how we would like them to be, for good or bad. If you need to be challenged to move beyond the surface-level anti-intellectual climate of today, these are excellent places to start.
The narrative is at its best when it is exploring the possibility of a metaphysic other than the one we typically take for granted in the 21st century West.
This is the first performance by Whitfield I have heard, but his versatility and engaging style are obvious from the start. I enjoyed The Great Divorce more than the Abolition of Man, but I chalk that up to the style of each work. The Great Divorce is a story, a myth, while the Abolition of Man is adapted from a series of lectures. But the material is each is superb.
I really like the Abolition of Man this is why I bought the book. The last three chapters are of this book. Great for the way people try and think now days. I recommend Mere Christianity also.
Yes, the great divorce has interesting ideas about why someone would choose hell, while there is divine judgement it represents the judgement as a self judgement and decision.And also the first listen of the abolition of man went way over my head. I will need to re- listen. It if anything shows up the problems with audio books you cant easily re-read the last sentence.
C.S. Lewis again exhibits a stellar ability to communicate the Truths of Scripture. Must read!