The book is very well written, the story is creative and thought provoking.
Lewis is fantastic at creating a picture, even another world in his books by details and well crafted characters that pull you into the story.
I am a life long C.S. Lewis fan. I have read everything he has written with a few exceptions. Geoffrey Howard's reading was adequate. Certianly not annoying but a less monotone voice would have been perferable.
There really are no comparisons to this book. An anti thesis to it would be HG Wells' "First Men in the Moon". Most people would say the HG Wells book is the better work, I would not be one of those.
He did not detract but he was a bit monotone. I've had to endure much worse narrators than this one.
It depends on who made it and what actors are in it. There are certain actors I cannot stomach no matter how good I think the movie may be. The last movie that was made from a C.S. Lewis book was the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They gutted the Lewis story in that movie and it was really quite sad because it is the best of the Narnia stories.
If this were done by a better Narrator, I would purchase it again. The main problem was the the chapter navigation in the book is all messed up and doesn't seem to work on my IPOD at all. You can play it from beginning to end but you cannot jumb from chapter to chapter.
If you are considering a good series of books to entertain and to give you some new views on the cosmic battle of the universe, you'll want to purchase the C.S.Lewis Space Trilogy.
Just make sure you have plenty of time to listen because you won't want to stop.
The reader sounds like he is speaking directly to you instead of simply reading out loud.
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I have always loved this book from the first time I read it many years ago. Was happy to find the audiobook so inexpensive. I only wish that the reader had been better. This wonderful, deep, laugh out loud funny book deserves the best interpreter out there. C.f. The Abolition of Man by Lewis for an excellent companion to this book,if you want a nonfiction look at some of the ideas touched on here.
C. S. Lewis knows how to write good sci-fi. I never read the same book twice, but this one I would read again and again. His description of the protagonist's first moments aboard the spacecraft stick in my mind as an example of his mastery of this form. I would recommend this book to any lover of science fiction or simply quality storytelling.
We need such stories which address conclusions of what we believe about the world and life. It underscores the question of not just why materialist beliefs are preferred but why they are such strong beliefs.
A great book, a great performance, five stars. I have listen to the book 3 times now, and intend to listen to it more. I also recommend the other books in the trilogy.