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 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.
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.
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