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.
timeless insight into human nature. cs lewis reasons out and presents difficult truths in a way I can understand.
The Great Divorce was an amazing #audiblebook. The narrator Simon Vance did a fantastic job bringing to life both heaven and hell. Every character you meet along the way had their own unique voice, personality and charm just like CS Lewis must have imagined when he wrote the book. As for the content it's one of my favorite CS Lewis writings. A little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of great theology. As for the Abolition of Man the content didn't interest me and it was too heady for my taste. But the audiobook is well worth it to hear Simon Vance narrate the Great Divorce.
Yes, it is a wonderful listen. I was happy to find the two books in one.
Well, there are two stories, and I loved all of both.
Yes, excellent as usual. I have many novels performed by Vance.
Both the allegory The Great Divorce and the philosophical work The Abolition of Man are very deep and much needed for our time. It is definitely written at a level above our current educational system. The only problem was not being able to take notes when listening while driving.
I'm not complaining...but title is read by Simon Vance and not Robert Whitfield. I have several books read by Vance and he always does a great job.