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.
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.
"Fan of Narnia books finds Out of the Silent Planet an Excellent SyFy and an interesting change of styles"
I absolutely LOVE Narnia, and while browsing for similar writings from Lewis, found this one, and enjoyed it.
In this wildly creative book we travel and adventure with a linguist named Ransom as he is taken agents his will to world of Mars.
After escaping Ransom meets and interacts with the creatures of the plant learning there ways and language.
This book has great biblical and epic themes it deals with Angels, gods and the absurdity of man.
Should read first as it is the first of three books beautiful narrated and worth your while!
What a book what an adventure!
This book was fantastic! Lewis is always so poetic and descriptive in anything that he writes! I have always respected him and Tolkien for their ability to create whole universes, worlds, languages, cultures, and so on in stories, all the while silently interweaving the history and tenets of the Christian faith so that others may come to know Christ as well. Even if the underlying truth is not realized, this is still a great novel to enjoy for any science fiction or fantasy fan. I highly recommend it to anyone. Also the audio and narration quality by Geoffrey Howard was stellar and he sold it as a performance like any good voice actor would do rather than just reading lines.