A great listen reminds me very much of Narnia. This is the third installment in the series, however it is by far the most accessible and can (should in my opinion) be read independently of the other two books.
I you have never read any of Lewis' stuff, you owe it to yourself to check this incredible book out. I really like sci-fi and this story is classic sci-fi from a Christian worldview. Lewis is a masterful writer. I listened to all three books in this series on audiobook and it's amazing! Wow, 5 stars just does not do this book justice!
In That Hideous Strength, CS Lewis paints a picture of the bleak future for those who wholeheartedly embrace science as god. This third installment in the Ransom trilogy brings the storylines of the first two volumes to a powerful conclusion. Well thought out and tightly written to be both a novel of dramatic nature and a theological treatise on good and evil simultaneously.
Does not deal with the planets, save one: Earth. A well-written story and entertaining critique of much modern philosophy. Surprisingly relevant, 70 years after its publishing.
To cast out words in judgement of this masterpiece from the standpoint of my own capacities seems a presumption, even a sacrilege on the order of shaping, with dull axe and wormy log a tribute to the perfection chisled into Michaelanglo's David. Yet too, this story inspires a sense that there is no requisite shame in that or any natural limitation, but rather it ascribes a nobility to be rightly celebrated; for in the sometimes humble gifts our universe does bequeth to each in their kind is a secreted share of greatness to be revealed in those who live their role in awe and heartfelt reverence for their part IN...and duty TO the whole.
"Read over your compositions, and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.'"
Lewis clearly did not heed this advice. At first I was impressed with his mastery of language, but eventually I just got impatient for him to get on with the plot...which was pretty silly itself. I was disappointed given how much I linked screw tape, the chronicles, and mere Christianity. If you like eye-roll inducing fantasy read this book, if you want to keep your good opinion of Lewis, skip it.