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Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook
Out of the Silent Planet
Written by: 
C.S. Lewis
Narrated by: 
Geoffrey Howard
Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet

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Publisher's Summary

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre. The trilogy concerns Dr. Ransom, a linguist, who, like Christ, was offered a ransom for mankind. The first two novels are planetary romances with elements of medieval mythology. Each planet is seen as having a tutelary spirit; those of the other planets are both good and accessible, while that of Earth is fallen, twisted, and not known directly by most humans. The story is powerfully imagined, and the effects of lesser gravity on Martian planet and animal life is vividly rendered.

©1938, 1944, 1945 by C.S. Lewis Pte Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A delightful fantasy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"C.S. Lewis...is a master of fantasy." (Saturday Review)

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    Joseph Bickham DALLAS, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Joseph Bickham DALLAS, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastically Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Out of the Silent Planet the most enjoyable?

    The book is very well written, the story is creative and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lewis is fantastic at creating a picture, even another world in his books by details and well crafted characters that pull you into the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Howard Carson City Nevada 04-16-12
    Scott Howard Carson City Nevada 04-16-12

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    "Great Lewis Classic"
    Would you try another book from C.S. Lewis and/or Geoffrey Howard?

    I am a life long C.S. Lewis fan. I have read everything he has written with a few exceptions. Geoffrey Howard's reading was adequate. Certianly not annoying but a less monotone voice would have been perferable.


    What other book might you compare Out of the Silent Planet to and why?

    There really are no comparisons to this book. An anti thesis to it would be HG Wells' "First Men in the Moon". Most people would say the HG Wells book is the better work, I would not be one of those.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not detract but he was a bit monotone. I've had to endure much worse narrators than this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It depends on who made it and what actors are in it. There are certain actors I cannot stomach no matter how good I think the movie may be. The last movie that was made from a C.S. Lewis book was the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They gutted the Lewis story in that movie and it was really quite sad because it is the best of the Narnia stories.


    Any additional comments?

    If this were done by a better Narrator, I would purchase it again. The main problem was the the chapter navigation in the book is all messed up and doesn't seem to work on my IPOD at all. You can play it from beginning to end but you cannot jumb from chapter to chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elbert 01-02-12
    Elbert 01-02-12
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    "You Won't Want to Put it Down"

    If you are considering a good series of books to entertain and to give you some new views on the cosmic battle of the universe, you'll want to purchase the C.S.Lewis Space Trilogy.
    Just make sure you have plenty of time to listen because you won't want to stop.

    The reader sounds like he is speaking directly to you instead of simply reading out loud.

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    Bradley L. Getz Knoxville, TN 06-27-16
    Bradley L. Getz Knoxville, TN 06-27-16

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    "Wonderful story, reader not so much"

    I have always loved this book from the first time I read it many years ago. Was happy to find the audiobook so inexpensive. I only wish that the reader had been better. This wonderful, deep, laugh out loud funny book deserves the best interpreter out there. C.f. The Abolition of Man by Lewis for an excellent companion to this book,if you want a nonfiction look at some of the ideas touched on here.

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    James 06-16-16
    James 06-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "highly, highly, highly recommend"

    C. S. Lewis knows how to write good sci-fi. I never read the same book twice, but this one I would read again and again. His description of the protagonist's first moments aboard the spacecraft stick in my mind as an example of his mastery of this form. I would recommend this book to any lover of science fiction or simply quality storytelling.

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    Zachary 06-16-16
    Zachary 06-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing. HIGHLY RECOMMEND."

    Incredibal writing and very well read. Thought Provoking. I enjoyed this very, very much. Excited to start the sequel.

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    Maria Choi 05-10-16
    Maria Choi 05-10-16
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    "dry"

    I wish this narrator was more animated. also this had a nugget or two of takeaways but not much else

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    Amazon Customer 04-12-16
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    "classic, fascinating, captivating"

    just finished the second time through and still find it amazing. a true sci-fi, with twists and all that will leave you wanting more.

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    delgrundy 04-11-16
    delgrundy 04-11-16
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    "an invigorating tale"

    We need such stories which address conclusions of what we believe about the world and life. It underscores the question of not just why materialist beliefs are preferred but why they are such strong beliefs.

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    Philosophy_Muse Balance 04-02-16
    Philosophy_Muse Balance 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fantastic in every way."

    A great book, a great performance, five stars. I have listen to the book 3 times now, and intend to listen to it more. I also recommend the other books in the trilogy.

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