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.
The narration is well-done and the story is interesting, but slow-moving.
Haven't heard any others.
I am amazed at Lewis' insight into the mind and motivations of mankind in general as expressed in the three human characters central to this story. In my opinion, Lewis was an utter genius in his ability to weave that insight into a fascinating and fantastical story. I would recommend this book, along with its two successors, to anyone who enjoys fantasy or science fiction.
This book has amazing descriptions of space considering it was written in 1938. Lewis is very creative in imagining a space ship and space travel, and what the earth looks like from space. The story is vintage Lewis, creative fiction with theological implications. We, the people of earth, are "bent" by the king of our world, and live in a planet that is "silent" while the rest of the heavens has a kind of communication. It feels like old-fashioned sci-fi because there's a great deal of talk and description rather than plot and action. For instance, there's significant discussion that earthlings are people of fear, because we create fear.
So worth the listen! I can't believe that I had never heard of these books before. I feel like I have been missing out for years. Definitely more adult than Narnia.
This is a delightful story, but also a deeply thoughtful book. It balances high adventure, perceptive human insight, and the author's wonder and faith. It is as rewarding to me now as it was when my father read it to me forty years ago. This narration is beautiful.