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.
Already considering it. I don't agree with all of Lewis' theological views, but his vivid examination of heaven and hell a la Dante's Inferno is compelling and moving. The narrator goes all-in and executes accents and voices in a way that brings the story to life without distracting. And the characters introduced are vibrant and alive.
I've only listened to The Great Divorce so far - but I love the variety of people encountered so far. It's a lot to think over, even if, to some degree, it's a product of when it was written and the religious atmosphere of the time.
I've never listened to any of Simon Vance's other performances.
There is one encounter in particular that nearly brought me to tears - the beautiful woman and the dwarf with the puppet.
Entirely worth the price. It's a shorter book, and each chapter isn't overly long, but it's most gratifying when taking a while to mull over each part.
You will be so entertained by the many voices of the narrator for The Great Divorce. The lectures in Abolition of Man serve as warning , and very timely for the struggles of this day and age . Loved them both.
I must say I certainly enjoyed listening to the great divorce. The narrator did an excellent job in my opinion. Personally, the abolition of man was a little harder understand.
Not better, but Simon Vance breathes life into the print version, drawing me further into this story than when I read it the first time.
The various characters illustrate how we can cling to our own ideas instead of surrendering to God Who is Love.
Would not make a film because something would be lost in the making as is the case with Tolkien's Trilogy.
CS Lewis did a great job of exploring the reasons we reject Christ including those of us that get distracted by seemingly good things. Simon Vance is still one of my favorite narrators. I'm so glad he narrates such great books.
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