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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.
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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)

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    knerjod Kasaoka, Okayama JAPAN 07-24-12
    knerjod Kasaoka, Okayama JAPAN 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

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    Troy 05-21-12
    Troy 05-21-12
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    "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.

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    Matthew United States 04-16-12
    Matthew United States 04-16-12
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    "Great book - fantastic reading!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce the most enjoyable?

    The ability of the reader to use different voice inflections for each character


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They were all great


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

    He made the experience come alive


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

    It was very helpful in thinking through the concepts of heaven and hell


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time and money to listen!

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    Tara Bradenton, FL, United States 04-09-12
    Tara Bradenton, FL, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic C.S. Lewis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version so it's hard to compare.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular come to mind.


    If you could give The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Bus ride to heaven or hell.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happy there was an audible version of this book because I'm not sure I could have read the print version.

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    Tracy Wakeman 03-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Review for The Great Divorce (Book Club selection)"
    What did you like best about The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce? What did you like least?

    Our minister chose The Great Divorce for our church women's book club. Thank God, I listened to it. Frankly, I don't think I would have made it through without Robert Whitfield's narration. I admit, I find it difficult to read a book where the sentence structure requires taking a breath before finishing a single written sentence. Such is the writing of CS Lewis. Of course, I have to say it was a very good book - it is CS Lewis, after all. Lots of substance and 'stuff' to think about. Dated perhaps, still, there is a lot of our current age to be seen in the characters portrayed. All in all I liked it. And, I was glad it short. For the book club discussion, I listened to it three times. I guarantee I wouldn't have read it three times if it had not been on our reading list.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C.S. Lewis? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Robert Whitfield's narration made the prose flow beautifully. I 'got' it. The symbolism was easier to understand when spoken and emoted.


    Was The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce worth the listening time?

    Yes


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    Curtis Woodland Park, CO, United States 02-07-12
    Curtis Woodland Park, CO, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Abolition. Important book for serious conservative"
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    A foundation premise of our Consitution is the truth of Natural Law. This book explores that notion with amazing intellect and compelling reason. I think this is an important book for anyone who wants to really understand the great American Experiment.

    Keeps your brain working... but it was fun to listen to.

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    Jim friendswood, TX, United States 01-16-12
    Jim friendswood, TX, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Hi I'm Jim Munchbach author of Make Your Money Count, What Matters Most, and Allied for Success. I love to read with my ears.

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    "Death to Ego, Path to Freedom"
    Would you listen to The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce again? Why?

    Both titles in this CS Lewis collection were incredibly helpful, for me and my wife. As usual, I had to listen more than once in order to


    What did you like best about this story?

    Totally innovative way to think about heaven (Great Divorce) and the human condition - or human


    Did Robert Whitfield do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good narration, I have no idea how he does it but I had a clear image of each character...


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

    made me think. biggest reaction: So much new truth, I wonder what else I've missed in my life. Gratitude...


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, I like you. I love being able to bookmark sections with notes and come back later to review. CS Lewis requires lots of thinking for me and there's no way to listen once and

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    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 01-07-12
    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read on Timeless Issues"

    The Great Divorce is an interesting take on the human condition. The Abolition of Man was hard to keep up with. I'll need to listen to it again.

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    Jeremy United States 12-30-11
    Jeremy United States 12-30-11
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up The Abolition of Man & The Great Divorce in three words, what would they be?

    deeply thought provoking


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that I didn't particularly feel that the two books went well together. The abolition of man is not actually even a story at all.

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    Aaron 09-12-11
    Aaron 09-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A favorite"

    I enjoyed hearing this short fictional work again. C.S. Lewis is a favorite. An original work for sure.

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