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)
The ability of the reader to use different voice inflections for each character
They were all great
He made the experience come alive
It was very helpful in thinking through the concepts of heaven and hell
Well worth the time and money to listen!
I never read the print version so it's hard to compare.
The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life.
None in particular come to mind.
Bus ride to heaven or hell.
I was happy there was an audible version of this book because I'm not sure I could have read the print version.
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.
Robert Whitfield's narration made the prose flow beautifully. I 'got' it. The symbolism was easier to understand when spoken and emoted.
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.
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.
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
Totally innovative way to think about heaven (Great Divorce) and the human condition - or human
Good narration, I have no idea how he does it but I had a clear image of each character...
made me think. biggest reaction: So much new truth, I wonder what else I've missed in my life. Gratitude...
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
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.
deeply thought provoking
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.
The Great Divorce is one of the simpler of Lewis' collection. Well read and easy to listen to. There are some brilliant concepts of heaven and hell. The abolition of man is quite a work but has dated a bit and is Lewis at his most academic. Overall well worth a listen
CS Lewis' works are such classics in the Christian world of the 20th century. People who used to be skeptical of Christians using fantasy were won over by Lewis. Now buckle your seat belt and get ready to be won over (if you dare) to Lewis's view on hell. The Great Divorce is fiction (even says so at the end--oops, spoiler alert!) and therefore Lewis feels free to conjecture what the afterlife might be like. You'll be introduced to his musings over ghosts, purgatory, and the size and significance of hell (or lack of real significance). Are you baffled by Rob Bell's "Love Wins"? Lewis's book is in some ways a precursor to that.
The other book in the series, The Abolition of Man, is forgettable. Reading this one made me feel like I was walking into the middle of someone else's conversation on a topic that I had no reference point to understand what was going on. Perhaps meaningful to boarding school students and faculty in 1940's England, this is one we could leave off the shelf.
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