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The Great Divorce Audiobook

The Great Divorce

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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
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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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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-10-16
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "My Favorite CS Lewis Work"

    The Great Divorce is a short novel about heaven and hell. It is not meant as a theological work, but rather a tale of a dream. Still, it is a masterpiece of irony, perception and of human folly.

    I listened to it in a sitting, and relistened again. Suppose those souls in hell are free to leave at anytime? After spending many years in the torment of hell, will they freely choose to abandon that existance for an eternity of joy and bliss? Apparently most would indeed choose hell. Even when they have loved ones from heaven seek patiently and tirelessly to help them leave hell, they choose misery.

    In the past year I have lost two loved ones. The Great Divorce is more than a great comffort, it inspires me to view life with a different perspective.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julie MacLean 09-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    This was a very solid read, with a lot of creative imagery. very interesting descriptions.

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    Matt Webber BEACON, NY, US 09-03-16
    Matt Webber BEACON, NY, US 09-03-16
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    "Well read, amazing story"

    Some people can read books, and some can become the books- this is the latter. And with a depth of story as CS can bring, quite the excellent of books.

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    justin lamison 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Deep, provocative, and just plain wonderful story"

    C S Lewis was able to tell wonderful stories with memorable characters and scenes that make you think. He tells the story with such artistry and theological richness that you grow with the narrative. Simply womderful! This audio was very well done as well. The narrator was exceptional and the production was second to none. Very well done!

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    Lawrence Zimbler 08-29-16

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    "Inspirational "

    oh but that this dream be true. Lewis again displays his genius as visionary, as wordsmith, and as chronicler of mankind's seeming need to thwart and reject the grace of God, in words that the most dense might understand if they would.

    No dogmatic sermon, but rather an alegory every bit as authentic as Dante, but with fewer words. Christian, but not religious. Deep theme and massage.

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    Ben Palm 08-16-16
    Ben Palm 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still a favorite!"

    After 20 years (which is around the time I first read this), this is still one of my favorite books of all time! It is magnificently written, and it gives a beautiful picture of heaven and hell, and makes one think about what's really important.

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    Clarice 07-05-16
    Clarice 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent "

    best cs lewis boook ever. definitely recommend it to all christians explooring their faith.

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