I regard CS Lewis with high esteem, but did not care for this book.
Perhaps in 1939 this was cutting-edge sci fi., but for me it came across like "Land of the Lost". It had its moments. All in all, however, I would suggest looking to another of his books for your next listen.
I loved this book. The story was compelling, exciting, even spiritual, and very thought promoting. The only complaint I had is that it mentions private body parts - somewhat scientifically, but with my little kids listening in, it made me just slightly uncomfortable a couple times. I didn't think it was necessary to the story either, so why include it? But, I can't argue with CS Lewis. He wrote a great story and I can't wait to start on the sequel!
Being on the other planet, and feeling the calmness of the creatures, and the simplicity and purity of their motives. Also, when Ransom meets the hross creature for the first time, the way they look at each other and communicate is wonderful and completely believable.
Great voice, accent, feeling.
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.
I enjoyed this book, however, I found there to be several dull points in which I found myself drifting off. The allegory is a bit too in-your-face for me; I prefer a much subtler allegory. Overall, I'd say it's good for one read through. Definitely not a rereader.
Fans of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia will find a very different world here, but that's not a bad thing. The descriptions of human nature and another planet with distinctive beings are very well done. The reading of the book is fine also.
It was a good story, but nothing amazing here. I feel like this story is an English department best-effort at science fiction without any real scientific premonitions and too much introspection for a proper scifi. I was very terrified for Ransom at the beginning and the author does a great job seeding fear and impending doom, but it kind of just petered out. The alien language names make the story difficult to follow. I was instantly lost in all the similar sounding words. I believe that the things I didn't like we're actually intentional, but that doesn't make me enjoy them any more. I think the interpersonal themes of the story could be explored in any setting which makes me feel like the alien planet is contrived. There are some sparkles of Christianity in the shadows of the story. The beginning is far better than the end - almost like the author had a great idea and didn't quite finish it off. Audio performance was great. I was never irritated or critical of the voice and was convinced that the reader was the narrator. Decent but not amazing. This is to sci-fi what Narnia is to fantasy.
Although he wrote in a time when there was no space program, C.S. Lewis challenges our imaginations to stretch beyond what we presume to know today. When the reader discovers the condition of our Home planet, an understanding is established for the other books in this trilogy.
Love the description of Malacandra, and the beings that inhabit it... The science is hokey, but when you consider it was written in 1938, and that what we knew about space or the planets was extremely limited, it is easily overlooked. As a friend of mine pointed out, at that time computers had not even been invented .