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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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    Matthew United States 04-16-12
    Matthew United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    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
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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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    PETER Berry, Australia 04-05-11
    PETER Berry, Australia 04-05-11
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    "CS Lewis at his best"

    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

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    Hammond Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-18-11
    Hammond Kennesaw, GA, United States 09-18-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Get this just for The Great Divorce"

    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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