This is one of my favourite books, the second book in the series, Perelandra, is my favourite book ever.
The story is original, interesting & thought-provoking.
There was so much detail in the writing that I know I would learn more and more each time I listened to it.
When they were all in the council and the main scientist was so fixed on his ideas that he would not look past them and think outside his box (planet).
Give me plausible sci-fi and I will read you forever.
It was a fun, fast story with good character development. I will listen again when I need a light, good story.
Honestly, I tried very, very hard to enjoy this book. I love reading Chronicles of Narnia to my kid so I thought maybe I'd give a stab at this one, but when push came to shove I just hated the way it was written. The language was bulky and hard to follow. The characters were only given to me on the surface and I barely knew what any one of them was thinking.
So, three stars.
I'll just go back to Narnia with my son and enjoy Lewis that way.
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.
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Since reading Alister McGrath's new Biography of CS Lewis earlier this year I have been trying to read through a number of Lewis books I had not previously read.
I have heard a lot of positive reviews about Lewis’ Space Trilogy (or Ransom Trilogy as it is sometimes called.) But they never really interested me. I am not sure why, maybe because I have such good feelings toward Narnia or because I have such a hard time seeing Lewis as a Science Fiction author.
So I had pretty low expectations coming into the book. The main character, Elwin Ransom, a professor of Philology (I had to look it up, it is basically historical linguistics), is kidnapped by two brothers. These somewhat deranged, but brilliant brothers have built a spaceship and gone to Mars. But for some unknown reason they needed another person and kidnapped Ransom as he was hiking through a rural part of the UK on vacation.
The book was originally published in 1938 and feels like the older style science fiction of HG Wells or Jules Verne. And it is clearly not focused on the science part of science fiction. Lewis is using the book to explore ideas not science.
At first I thought that Lewis was turning Mars into a type of Eden, where sin would be introduced. But I realized that he was not creating Eden, but a world without the fall.
I remember very few things about 1st grade. But one of the few things I remember, is that in the Christian school where I was attending (I started public school the next year), my teacher suggested that possibly the bible passage where Jesus said he would leave the 99 to seek out the one lost sheep was actually talking about the fact that the Earth is the one and there were actually many (99 I am pretty she was using as a literary expression not a literal number) worlds that never fell and never needed Christ to come and die. Having read this book, I wonder if my first grade teacher (an older woman that I remember being in her 50s or 60s) was actually a fan of CS Lewis.
I loved the convenience of the audio book process. Listening via my iphone was a piece of cake. I could listen at home or in the car. I took full advantage of the portability of this medium.
I enjoyed listening to a pro pronounce some of the occasionally bizarre words from the Malacandran language. I love the book so the audio version was refreshing.
His gentle accent gave it just enough Brit to keep the story line and setting in context.
I like breaking it up so I can chew on the greatness of the story.
I enjoy Lewis' writings so I thought I would take a stab at his entry into the realm of Science Fiction. I enjoyed the book and was pleasantly surprised. It took a while to reach 'can't put down status' but it did and before long it was over. Book listens in about 5 and a half hours so there isn't much investment for what turns out to be a pretty well thought and told story.
I was unimpressed with the story, a lot of usual sci-fi fare, but I was really impressed by the descriptions of the aliens. Published in 1938, I can really see the influence on a lot of aliens in other franchises especially Mass Effect. I'll probably get around to the rest of the trilogy some time.
There is always a moral to his stories, but I found this one very interesting and different from his typical fare. I am going to look into more of his lesser known books and hope to be pleasantly surprised by them as well.