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Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1

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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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    Kristyne United States 12-10-12
    Kristyne United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great!"
    Would you listen to Out of the Silent Planet again? Why?

    I loved this book. The story was compelling, exciting, even spiritual, and very thought promoting. The only complaint I had is that it mentions private body parts - somewhat scientifically, but with my little kids listening in, it made me just slightly uncomfortable a couple times. I didn't think it was necessary to the story either, so why include it? But, I can't argue with CS Lewis. He wrote a great story and I can't wait to start on the sequel!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Silent Planet?

    Being on the other planet, and feeling the calmness of the creatures, and the simplicity and purity of their motives. Also, when Ransom meets the hross creature for the first time, the way they look at each other and communicate is wonderful and completely believable.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, accent, feeling.


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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

    Scott

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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.

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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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    Rankin 09-26-16
    Rankin 09-26-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Badly dated, boring SF"

    C.S. Lewis has written some classics; I loved the Narnia stories, both as a child and to share with my own kids, and The Screwtape Letters is one of my favorites. But this, as with much mid-century science fiction, is an implausible, unscientific story exploring ideas that were played out in fiction a generation ago.

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    Lorene Stilwell 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    What disappointed you about Out of the Silent Planet?

    the story just seemed silly and trite. I usually soldier on to the bitter end but I couldn't finish this one.


    What was most disappointing about C.S. Lewis’s story?

    I expected some magic because it was C.S. Lewis but I was unable to care about the main character or what happened to him. This seemed more like a really bad episode of the original Star Trek except without the characters and chemistry to draw the watcher/reader in.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Geoffrey Howard’s performances?

    His voice put me to sleep which is very bad because I listen at work or while driving.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and anger. I'm going to ask for my credit back.


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    Yuliya Almaty 09-17-16
    Yuliya Almaty 09-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "intresting story, but outdated science part."

    overall I enjoyed listening, especially the parts about the linguistic and community structure.
    intresting story, but outdated science part.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-09-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "OYARSES, INTELLIGENCE OR TUTELARY SPIRIT OF A"

    HEAVENLY SPHERE
    THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE IS A KIND OF MADNESS
    I loved parts of this very much and was bored by a lot of it very much. Lewis is an intellectual, but makes hard things easy to understand. If only I could have edited out the mindless running around and the creature of the week. This is my second reading of this, not sure if I will read it again. I wonder if we have eldil on our world, but just don't know it. I loved the beginning of the book and want to go on my own walking tour. I liked how he gets to Malacandra (Mars). Once he gets there, he runs into several different beings and we get these long descriptions of them, along with the fauna. He starts running around the planet which leads to more descriptive monsters and fauna. Occasionally he has conversations with some of the beings and those are usually very thought provoking. I think the intellectual conversations make the book worth getting, but the mindless running around, just to be able to describe more creatures, keeps me from giving it a fifth star.

    YOU HOLD ALL THE CARDS

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    Hookedonweb 09-01-16
    Hookedonweb 09-01-16
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    "Great Writer, Great Reader"

    Science fiction and God usually don't make good bedfellows. But an understanding of the devil from the perspective of a Ruling Angel from another world is brilliant. Loved it.

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    Morgan 08-24-16
    Morgan 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A great read"

    I just love his creativity and the reader did a great job delivering the story!

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