Lewis' grasp of the best and worst of humanity is clearly portrayed in a fast-moving, thought provoking story, where one can relate great principles and insights to the non-listener. Though some may not be drawn to science-fiction novels, the lack of techno-overkill is refreshing enabling the listener to enjoy the story for itself and the themes embarked upon in part 1 of this trilogy.
The eye-openers Ransom experiences, particularly the appreciation of the traits of each species he encounters that are so contrary to the attitudes formed before meeting them - pre-judging others is such a stupid predisposition...
The use of so many English words long fallen into disuse is very refreshing and stimulates the listener's vocabulary back above the 6th-grade norm of so much of modern "literature". The language Lewis uses paints graphic word pictures that few others approach. This is classic writing!
He brings tangible emotion to the listener that is clearly in keeping with the context and his speaking pace is fast, which keeps one's attention.
The honor and respect given to the three hrossa killed by the "bent men".
Truly a great novel; highly recommended for its language and story, but predominantly for its themes and messages.
We sat on the driveway for the last 20 minutes of this enthralling, emotional story. After a month of drive time listening, we didn't want it to end. Conflicted by two relationships you want Ben to make the right choices. The ending is brilliant. The story gripping. Nothing improbable. Suspenseful. Real life. Real emotions. Real insights. Excellent is too poor an accolade. Charles Martin is an amazing author. Thank you, Charles.
Frank deals with realities in ways the listener can relate to, whether you believe in the supernatural God vs. Satan ongoing battles for mankind. God wins - enjoyable every time, despite the seeming losses along the way. Wisdom is painted with clarity as allowing pain and difficulty in the short-term, avoiding what we would prefer to experience - cosseting - to achieve a higher, more enduring end. I can relate! Sally Beth's rebirth is beautiful beyond words, conveying the love of God in a word picture that makes Him so much more desirable.
Initially not. So many threads and characters need to be introduced that it takes about 1/3 of the book until things have gelled and the action moves along more easily. Once going, it's hard to turn it off.
Sally Beth's rebirth at the end of her quest.
Tal - I would love to hear him talk about his experiences and his knowing the workings of the angelic for God's beloved people over centuries.
Stick with it for the latter 2/3 of the book. Well worth the listen.
AUDIBLE: Please remove the irritating
For listening while on a long drive, this was very good and mostly held our listening attention. The only downer was the excessive number of times Reyna (Sp?) repeated the sentiment that 'I'm sure he'd want to die" or such like. Having listened to both parts, I'd like a Part 3 that deals with the aftermath of the climactic events. Robert is such a good writer and having read the book there is too much left out, which is sadly true of his other audio books. Quite why there's a time limit placed on an audio book I really don't know - it's not like there's a constraint on file sizes these days. Would that Audible would reconsider their abridging policy and just read the entirety of Robert's excellent books so we can enjoy them to the full. Recommend getting the book so you can fill in the obvious gaps.
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