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.
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"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)
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.
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!
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.
I'm not complaining...but title is read by Simon Vance and not Robert Whitfield. I have several books read by Vance and he always does a great job.
Definitely. I feel that I have understood the battle that each of us may wage to become comfortable in heaven. I am grateful for this allegory. Incredibly deep, but also easy to understand. C.S. Lewis is such a master.
I have never had a work of fiction actually hurt my heart like this one did. I've read a lot of fiction that moved me and caused me to cry, but this one physically hurt my heart because these characters, while fiction, represent what people feel and think. The Choices they make can damn them forever and in this depiction, they just didn't fully understand or get it. That is the part that hurt. Selfishness was so obstructrive to their own site that they couldn't see the truth even though it was right in front of their eyes. It made me wonder just how many people here on earth may not be saved because of these very things. I would recommend this book so that people can possibly see.....damnation isn't something I'd wish on anyone.
What I liked most is that this made me re-think how I see and feel about anyone. We are all broken, but so many of us end up finding ourselves judgemental of people for whatever reason. Some of the characters in this truly couldn't see that their behavior was selfish. They were so broken that they didn't even realize they were manipulating others or doing anything.
Robert was awesome! He made each character believable. And his voice kept my attention fully.
I was actually just thinking that I'd love to see this as a movie, but a tagline? I have no idea.
Yes, if a performance can be better than the written word. I feel as though I'm at the theatre whenever I listen to The Great Divorce.
I've bookmarked nine conversations between the Solid People of Heaven and the Ghosts of the Gray Town. All reveal to me something of my own character or of someone I know (when they strike too close to home!).
Because of Whitfield's creative reading, I continually forget it is only one person reading this book as opposed to a large cast of readers.
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Even as an "imaginative supposal" the images of Heaven are particularly vivid.
George Macdonald. I appreciated his image as a mentor.
I enjoy listening to this one over and over again.
All of them, narrator captured the dialogue very well
His accents and different voices for all of the characters is what really made this audio book from "good" to "great."
I don't know about extreme; I did say I chuckled quite a bit as I followed along in the book, and listened to the narrator read it.
Both of these stories peer deep into the fundamental truths of the way things are... not how we would like them to be, for good or bad. If you need to be challenged to move beyond the surface-level anti-intellectual climate of today, these are excellent places to start.
The narrative is at its best when it is exploring the possibility of a metaphysic other than the one we typically take for granted in the 21st century West.
This is the first performance by Whitfield I have heard, but his versatility and engaging style are obvious from the start. I enjoyed The Great Divorce more than the Abolition of Man, but I chalk that up to the style of each work. The Great Divorce is a story, a myth, while the Abolition of Man is adapted from a series of lectures. But the material is each is superb.
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