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Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet

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.
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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.


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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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    lc 01-25-16
    lc 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow-moving"
    What did you love best about Out of the Silent Planet?

    The narration is well-done and the story is interesting, but slow-moving.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected.


    Have you listened to any of Geoffrey Howard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't heard any others.


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    Sara Peters 01-17-16
    Sara Peters 01-17-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazingly insightful"

    I am amazed at Lewis' insight into the mind and motivations of mankind in general as expressed in the three human characters central to this story. In my opinion, Lewis was an utter genius in his ability to weave that insight into a fascinating and fantastical story. I would recommend this book, along with its two successors, to anyone who enjoys fantasy or science fiction.

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    Pete Jr 12-31-15
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    "Great Read"

    This is one of the best books I have read or listened to in a long time. It is even better then when I read it back in the eighties.

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    RI in Canada 12-22-15
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    "Classic C.S. Lewis"

    This book has amazing descriptions of space considering it was written in 1938. Lewis is very creative in imagining a space ship and space travel, and what the earth looks like from space. The story is vintage Lewis, creative fiction with theological implications. We, the people of earth, are "bent" by the king of our world, and live in a planet that is "silent" while the rest of the heavens has a kind of communication. It feels like old-fashioned sci-fi because there's a great deal of talk and description rather than plot and action. For instance, there's significant discussion that earthlings are people of fear, because we create fear.

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    Lincoln 12-16-15
    Lincoln 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The beginning of an amazing trilogy!"

    So worth the listen! I can't believe that I had never heard of these books before. I feel like I have been missing out for years. Definitely more adult than Narnia.

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    Doug 10-26-15
    Doug 10-26-15
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    "loved it- a classic! I never get tired of this"

    this book and the two which follow it are c s lewis classics. I listen to them over and over because they make me think and focus on what is real and important.

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    Kimberly Tennessee, USA 10-05-15
    Kimberly Tennessee, USA 10-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Exquisite"

    This is a delightful story, but also a deeply thoughtful book. It balances high adventure, perceptive human insight, and the author's wonder and faith. It is as rewarding to me now as it was when my father read it to me forty years ago. This narration is beautiful.

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