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.
CS Lewis did a great job of exploring the reasons we reject Christ including those of us that get distracted by seemingly good things. Simon Vance is still one of my favorite narrators. I'm so glad he narrates such great books.
the great divorce sounded like such a negative name...yet it became one of my favorite stories. it made more sense out of the reason and justification and nature of hell than any other story of the afterlife i have come across. Lewis makes it clear its a just a story...the insight comes in the conversations and choices of his characters. the other book, the abolition of man, is non fiction. three lectures Lewis gave that gave me many moments of new realizations about the human condition. in an easy common sense way he brings more to light than many long tedious tomes of philosophy. if you are curious about heaven and hell and why there would be such places...and of the worth of sentiment or morals or life itself...I recommend you listen to these books. the narrator does a very good job too. (not like the narrator for some of Lewises other books who is so mechanical it drives me nuts).
Due to the complex and intellectual nature of Lewis' writing, I found listening to this book to be far more engaging than reading it.
The narrative in the Great Divorce was fascinating. In short, it discusses the delicate tensions between a sovereign God and people who have been given the freedom to make choices. The second book is a series of lectures on the plight of modern humanism. It was startling, despite the lecture being given in the 1950's how accurately he portrayed the social forces at work today.
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.