We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce | [C.S. Lewis]

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.
Regular Price:$17.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (808 )
5 star
 (514)
4 star
 (194)
3 star
 (71)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (13)
Overall
4.6 (387 )
5 star
 (266)
4 star
 (87)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.5 (380 )
5 star
 (242)
4 star
 (93)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jennifer 03-19-14
    Jennifer 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It moved me to tears"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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 was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Robert was awesome! He made each character believable. And his voice kept my attention fully.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I was actually just thinking that I'd love to see this as a movie, but a tagline? I have no idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Nosal GREENSBURG, PA, US 11-14-12
    John Nosal GREENSBURG, PA, US 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Insightfully, Delightfully Enjoyable!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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!).


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-23-12
    wolfspyder Makato MN USA 10-23-12 Member Since 2014

    AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Continual Favorite!"
    What did you love best about The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce?

    Even as an "imaginative supposal" the images of Heaven are particularly vivid.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Macdonald. I appreciated his image as a mentor.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Whitfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoy listening to this one over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David C. Messier Chicago, IL 10-08-12
    David C. Messier Chicago, IL 10-08-12 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Divorce is now 1 of my favorite C.S. Lewis!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them, narrator captured the dialogue very well


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents and different voices for all of the characters is what really made this audio book from "good" to "great."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Craig Gibson Plano, TX United States 09-03-12
    Craig Gibson Plano, TX United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "C.S. Lewis at his best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Whitfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JESSICA 08-29-12
    JESSICA 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Abolition of Man is Great"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glen 08-13-12
    Glen 08-13-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting and Thoughtful"
    Would you listen to The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    BuddyR Lynchburg, VA, United States 07-30-12
    BuddyR Lynchburg, VA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

    BuddyR

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lewis nails it..."
    Where does The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    C.S. Lewis again exhibits a stellar ability to communicate the Truths of Scripture. Must read!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    knerjod Kasaoka, Okayama JAPAN 07-24-12
    knerjod Kasaoka, Okayama JAPAN 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding critique"
    Where does The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Troy 05-21-12
    Troy 05-21-12 Listener Since 2005
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The great CS Lewis and his Great God"
    What made the experience of listening to The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The content of the story line is compelling by itself. Adding the overwhelmingly good content to the voice of Robert Whitfield made it fantastic.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

    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..


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 21-30 of 41 results PREVIOUS12345NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.