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)
Both the allegory The Great Divorce and the philosophical work The Abolition of Man are very deep and much needed for our time. It is definitely written at a level above our current educational system. The only problem was not being able to take notes when listening while driving.
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.
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.
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