Professional librarian type, amateur historian.
Don't start with this if you haven't heard or read the 1st 2 in this trilogy. Yes, it is slow, but in the end it is rewarding, wrapping up the whole story. Even after listening to this I've come back to many of the themes of the book when listening to fiction and non-fiction (most particularly Confessions of an Economic Hitman). Not as good as some of Lewis' other works but well worth the listen if you've gotten yourself hooked with his other scifi works.
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!
I love Lewis' space trilogy, but this book is the most drawn out of the series. Out of the Silent Planet is wonderful on all counts, Perelandra is a great story and philosophical masterpiece. That Hideous Strength just never pays the dividends that make it worthwhile, in my opinion. Good ending in some ways to the trilogy, but less than it could have been.
In my somewhat younger days, I read thousands of books, including this C. S. Lewis trilogy. Now, I just finished my second time through listening to them. It has been a fabulous experience. Lewis's stories are fresh out of our headlines today, not a relic of the post-war 40s. They just could transform your life if you really listen.
This is the third in the Space Trilogy. I expected a glorious ending. It fell flat, for me, at least. The author I believe , intended to wrap it all up , but , after the first two, expectations are High. Perhaps Mr. Lewis contemplated a fourth book in this series. If so, he never got around to it.
While all around , it was an amazing Trilogy , I am nonetheless disappointed.
Do not get me wrong . One the whole , it is an amazing series. The breath of imagination in this series is astounding , give the time they were written. Nonetheless , I expected a glorious battle , ending in the ultimate defeat of Satan. Alas , instead , only the defeat , and destruction of his earthly tools was provided.
Written at the time of the Nazi defeat , I guess I can understand that.
And , given the hints , at the end , of a new beginning on Earth , I still wonder , was Satan's rule on Earth vanquished forever?
The series is still highly recommended.
The breathtaking vistas that are painted with a pen, are a marvel of a creative genius at work.
The dictation of the reader is incredible. His breath and range of voices , while clearly masculine, lends credence to even the female voices in the story.
If you are a lover of science fiction, as I was , in an earlier time, or a searcher for answers , or even more , this series will thrill you.
once the charachters were developed I had to pry myself away from it. enlightening to say the least
Smiling with pleasure as I think on this beautiful transition from the cold insanity of modernity to the radiant joy of eternity.
Having just finished Lewis's space trilogy, I can say unequivocally that the last one is the best one. The plot is more clever and makes use of a broader range of myth -- Arthurian legend as well as Biblical and Lewis's own space conception. The effect is a more satisfying story than either of the other two. The ending is a bit of a disappointment -- too much deus ex machina (literally) -- which makes it all a bit quaint by today's standards. However, conceptually the story is a treat and several of the characterizations are quite delightfully rendered -- both on the good side (Mr and Mrs. Dimble strike just the right note as the English fuddy-duddy couple) and the bad (Withers is the perfect politician). I guess the book would only make complete sense if you had read the first two in the series. I found the first one quite readable, but the second, _Perelandra_ was pretty dull. This one picks up the pace. It does so by shifting the real focus off of Ransom (he's still there, but not the main character) onto the characters of Jane and Mark. The latter shows what happens to the easily swayed mind (Lewis is always most interested in the mind), when confronted with true evil.
In my humble opinion, this book was not as good as Perelandra, the second installment of the trilogy. It was helpful to have the same voice in this audiobook as the previous installments.