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)
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.
I really like the Abolition of Man this is why I bought the book. The last three chapters are of this book. Great for the way people try and think now days. I recommend Mere Christianity also.
Yes, the great divorce has interesting ideas about why someone would choose hell, while there is divine judgement it represents the judgement as a self judgement and decision.And also the first listen of the abolition of man went way over my head. I will need to re- listen. It if anything shows up the problems with audio books you cant easily re-read the last sentence.
C.S. Lewis again exhibits a stellar ability to communicate the Truths of Scripture. Must read!
The Abolition of Man is one of the most outstanding critiques of the follies of post-modern education ever written. The fact that it was written nearly 70 years ago only adds to its splendor.
Using flawless logic and common sense, C. S. Lewis dissects the cultural relativism and smug superiority of the too-clever-by-half knuckleheads who dominate the academy. He does so with humane yet withering prose.
The narrator's voice and accent seem perfect. I've never heard C. S. Lewis, but Whitfield's narration sounds like the voice I imagine when I read Lewis.
As an educator I find Lewis' observations to be as true of academia today as it they were the day he wrote them. Can't say that of many books, nor authors.
Robert Whitfield, in my opinion, understands the voice of CS Lewis. He speaks as if CS Lewis were telling the story himself. I find Robert to be one of the better readers I have heard.
The content of the story line is compelling by itself. Adding the overwhelmingly good content to the voice of Robert Whitfield made it fantastic.
I can't really say that I preferred any character over the other. His ability to switch voices and create a new dynamic for each character was outstanding but what made his performance really compelling was that Robert transitioned without it being awkward, distracting or just over the top..
This is of course a compilation of two works so one tag line would be tough. The essence however is a metaphorical example of God's relationship with man and man's stubbornness in accepting the love of a perfect and holy God.
CS Lewis has an understanding of God and an ability to share God's greatness that few can match and any with understanding would envy. He is a true genius and to read his various works from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe to Mere Christianity is to not only have a greater understanding of the world in which we live but a greater and more significant understanding of the perfect love of a perfect Creator.
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