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The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce Audiobook

The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce

Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.
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Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis's classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil.

©1945 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"These two short works by Lewis are a fine introduction to his eloquent writing, as well as his thought....Robert Whitfield's disciplined and well-modulated voice has an appealingly confident quality." (AudioFile)

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    Nick G 04-18-06
    Nick G 04-18-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "For all times"

    If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, these two short works are a great reiteration of his beliefs regarding traditional morality, the afterlife, and the basis of ethics. The Great Divorce is in the style of an extended analogy and is actually littlw harder to follow than the more straightforward Abolition of Man. If you are at all concerned about the moral relativism that has creeped into the thought of both the academy and the common man in the West in the last two generations, then the Abolion of Man is a must listen for debunking that ideology. Brilliant as always and very well read, these two short masterpieces are the essence of Lewis.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tampa, FL, USA 04-06-06
    Richard Tampa, FL, USA 04-06-06
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    "incredible"

    It's not possible to say enough good things about this audiobook. C.S.Lewis is one of the best authors of all time and probably my favorite. The narrator of these 2 books does a very good job immersing you into "The Great Divorce" and the story will certainly move you. Get this audiobook!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 10-05-05
    Ryan 10-05-05
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    "Excellent first audio book"

    This review is more about my first expereince with audible, and choosing this book as an experiment. This is not a book review, but more of a technical review on how my needs were met by using audible. First of all, Whitfield does an amazing job with his dramatic reading of The Great Divorce, which is the first book read, not sure why the title has it the other way round. The Abolition of Man is also well read, however I find theological readings difficult to concentrate on while driving and I rather enjoy a story to keep me entertained. I use a 4th generation iPod and connect it to my car stereo for my daily commute. I decided to give this "hearing a book" method a try while being couped up in the car for 2 hours a day. Knowing that I would not finish the book on my first drive, I wondered how this audible thing would work out. I delightfully discovered that the iPod would remember my spot in the book after turning the iPod off and/or playing music inbetween, then returning to the book in the audible selection playlist. Also while playing the audio book I also discovered that hitting the centre button reveals a timeline with chapter markers. I can skip ahead/backward by chapters in the book much like a DVD chapter selection for a movie. This is much better than fastforwarding/rewinding method to play favourite/certain chapters. Not sure if this is the same for all audio books, but my experience with The Great Divorce and the Abolition of Man has been extremely satisfying.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles R. Cherry Springfield, IL, USA 04-22-16
    Charles R. Cherry Springfield, IL, USA 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Lewis"

    Two of his best works. I can read or listen to the great divorce over and over.

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    Andrew 03-14-16
    Andrew 03-14-16
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    "insightful and entertaining"

    the great divorce sounded like such a negative name...yet it became one of my favorite stories. it made more sense out of the reason and justification and nature of hell than any other story of the afterlife i have come across. Lewis makes it clear its a just a story...the insight comes in the conversations and choices of his characters. the other book, the abolition of man, is non fiction. three lectures Lewis gave that gave me many moments of new realizations about the human condition. in an easy common sense way he brings more to light than many long tedious tomes of philosophy. if you are curious about heaven and hell and why there would be such places...and of the worth of sentiment or morals or life itself...I recommend you listen to these books. the narrator does a very good job too. (not like the narrator for some of Lewises other books who is so mechanical it drives me nuts).

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    Josiah Rocke 02-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent and intellectually challenging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce to be better than the print version?

    Due to the complex and intellectual nature of Lewis' writing, I found listening to this book to be far more engaging than reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative in the Great Divorce was fascinating. In short, it discusses the delicate tensions between a sovereign God and people who have been given the freedom to make choices. The second book is a series of lectures on the plight of modern humanism. It was startling, despite the lecture being given in the 1950's how accurately he portrayed the social forces at work today.


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    Wanderlust 01-08-16
    Wanderlust 01-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    Any additional comments?

    C.S. Lewis is so good for my distracted mind. He explores ideas deeply and I need that in my world. I will listen to it again in the future and get even more out of it. This was my second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara L Coryell 11-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thought provoking"

    Both titles are excellently written and well thought out perspectives and ideas. The language was challenging for me, but worth the effort. The reader is clear and easy to listen to.

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    camigirlut 11-05-15
    camigirlut 11-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Top 3 in my list of best books"
    What did you love best about The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce?

    Author understands serious flaws in human nature and has an uncanny ability to convey his understanding to the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce?

    When the ghost allows the lizard on his shoulder to be killed and the transformation that comes over him once the decision has been made.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He very convincingly portrayed the various ghosts portrayed in the book.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Being consciously blind to our own shortcomings is what keeps us from making real progress as people. See what is holding you back from personal progress and fix it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to most of my close friends and family. I will come back to this book many times in the future.

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    Tony Galiardi Virginia Beach 10-10-15
    Tony Galiardi Virginia Beach 10-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awkward combination"

    Combining the Great Divorce and the Abolition of Man came across fairly awkward different types of work. That was hard to say anything from CS Lewis would be bad, I felt that the evolution of man was a little boring to me, though some very important and great points involved.

    That said, the Great Divorce was a great book and the reading by Vance was outstanding. I believe Mr. Lewis would have approved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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