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I have read and listened to a ton of books by CS Lewis, and this one is fascinating because you get the story of conversion from his own perspective. The narration is good -- he does several of Lewis' books and, though I found him "mechanical" at first, I now appreciate his tone. My favorite part is his description of being tutored by "The Great Knock."
C.S.Lewis like no other searches the inner depths of his thought and experience to present his journey from boyhood to the intellectual elite of Oxford. But he is pursued by the greatest Mind of all.
The first few chapters may be difficult for modern readers to grasp simply because it is written of a different generation and a different place. Some of Lewis' schooling was probably commonplace in early and mid 20th century England for the American 21st-century reader is a little harder to relate. Nonetheless is a very timeless piece that relates to all generations highly recommended.
The narrator was excellent. Lewis is masterful in his description and winsome in his candor. Excellent! Will read it again one day. And recommend it to others.
CS Lewis is one of my favorite writers. I've read most of his works multiple times and studied some of his life through biographies. So reading his take on his life was a fascinating and rewarding experience. His childhood experiences were dark and troubling, but it was a personal joy to see him speak of them without anger or complaint. His path to redemption and belief was remarkable.
A must read for fans of CS Lewis.
Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.
Hearing the details of Lewis' early life and his almost accidental conversion to Christianity.
Lewis' "A Grief Observed," as both give you insight into Lewis' life: one his early life and conversion, the other his crisis of faith and grief over the death of his wife.
Cosham is a very excellent reader, and his inflections and overall delivery exude his thorough familiarity with the text. For me, this made listening to the audiobook a superior experience to my just plodding through the text on my own.
Lewis' comment regarding finding a friend: something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!"
A must for Lewis lovers.
I have always enjoyed Lewis' writings. Glad this one is available as an audio book! Listening to the book is like getting to know Lewis better and gives greater appreciation to his other writings.
The style of narration, while not obstructing the message of the book, is very staccato.
I don't think I could listen to this all in one sitting. It takes some time to process, and I often found that I needed to listen to a section again to really understand what is being said.
This is my first non-fiction audio book. I would recommend it to almost anyone.
This book had it's good points but it took a long time to get to the point of joy. It was written in a language that was complicated and sometimes hard to follow with the points that author wanted to make separated by long distances from his examples.
C. S. Lewis has a way of using the English language that pleases, and he is in fine form in Surprised by Joy.
I think I liked the simplicity of it best--he is a Christian apologist in many of his writings, and it might have been easy to cast this in the mode of Augustine, but he avoids the temptation.
I liked Howard's transparency--his performance is straightforward, not getting in the way of Lewis' prose.
I listen to a lot of books in the car, driving my son back and forth to training sessions and games, so listening all in one sitting isn't really an option for me. However, it was hard to stop listening whenever I got to my destination.
I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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