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The Great Divorce Audiobook

The Great Divorce

C. S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven?
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C. S. Lewis' dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.

In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven? This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C. S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil and on what God really offers us.

©1973 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Michelle Pierce 08-22-14
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    "Wow!"
    What did you love best about The Great Divorce?

    This is an intersting take on why people choose not to believe or what in their psyche prevents them from being able to believe.


    What other book might you compare The Great Divorce to and why?

    This one stands on its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the selfish mother who distorts something as beautiful as love for her son into something evil.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the lizard was destroyed, the description of the awakening was amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book 3 times now. It's truly amazing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Austin 02-25-15
    Austin 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    This is the most beautiful story I've ever heard. I started this book and went for a walk and couldn't come home this evening and fear of falling asleep before I could finish it. CS Lewis really outdid himself with the story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D Ferris Clermont, FL 07-09-15
    Richard D Ferris Clermont, FL 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful narration of this title!"

    I have read this book a few times in my life. However listening to the narrator with voice inflections and different voices for the characters made me appreciate this story on a much deeper level!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is great"

    My son and I listen to this book often, he won't sleep without it on and I have always enjoyed c.s. lewis and his works

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-16
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    "Wow, a masterpiece"

    I should have read this year's ago. If you want a fresh understanding of heaven listen to this book. Blew my mind.

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    Kindle Customer:avid reader 04-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent narration"

    Very well done rendition, colorful, brings the entire story to life, draws the listener in and won't them go. Outstanding presentation.

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    STEPHANINE 03-23-16
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    "Want a good story that will make you think?"
    What did you love best about The Great Divorce?

    This book will make you wonder. I was constantly trying to figure out: "where are the characters" and "what is the underlying message"? Take a peak at CS Lewis' website for a summary of this book prior to listening, it will help with your overall ease of enjoyment. Or do as I did, listen with wonder the first time, then read the overview and then listen again! A wonderful story, performed well too!


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    Glenn E. Graham Pflugerville, TX USA 03-23-16
    Glenn E. Graham Pflugerville, TX USA 03-23-16 Member Since 2002

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    "Great way to setup moral divide"

    CS really thought this one through. Enjoyed the discussion and great metaphors. Performance was solid, but I had to adjust my volume several times to catch all the dialog.

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    M. James Memphis, TN USA 03-01-16
    M. James Memphis, TN USA 03-01-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Better than reading!"

    Listened to this C.S. Lewis favorite instead of reading this time. Excellent! Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt's voices skillfully get across Lewis's point that souls in hell don't _want_ to be happy. The various ghosts on a day trip from hell to heaven are offered permanent accommodation in heaven. Lewis's dialogs of them engaging their heavenly hosts reveal the multitude of ways the false self preens and struts and resists growing up at every turn. Rhind-Tutt's reading amusingly makes clear just how idiotic these egoic bleatings sound. (His skill makes listening _better_ than reading.)

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    Ben Santiago 02-28-16
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    "A Classic Expertly Executed"

    Wonderfully narrated, made the story a lively reality to the ear! I was saddened when it ended, thank you for your expertise in storytelling!

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