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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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    Rankin 09-26-16
    Rankin 09-26-16 Listener Since 2007
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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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    Aimee Boise, ID, United States 09-14-13
    Aimee Boise, ID, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I tried so hard to like it."

    Honestly, I tried very, very hard to enjoy this book. I love reading Chronicles of Narnia to my kid so I thought maybe I'd give a stab at this one, but when push came to shove I just hated the way it was written. The language was bulky and hard to follow. The characters were only given to me on the surface and I barely knew what any one of them was thinking.

    So, three stars.

    I'll just go back to Narnia with my son and enjoy Lewis that way.

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    Aaron 08-31-13
    Aaron 08-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Dated...not aging well."

    I regard CS Lewis with high esteem, but did not care for this book.

    Perhaps in 1939 this was cutting-edge sci fi., but for me it came across like "Land of the Lost". It had its moments. All in all, however, I would suggest looking to another of his books for your next listen.

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    Kristyne United States 12-10-12
    Kristyne United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    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

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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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    makai 04-06-17
    makai 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    This book was amazing the story was told brilliantly and read Evan better I am definitely going to read the the next two in the trilogy

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    Janet Brown Virginia 02-06-17
    Janet Brown Virginia 02-06-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Reading va hearing"

    I've read this at least ten times, but not for several decades. What a revelation it is to hear it again as an old woman vs a young one! Hearing allows a different relationship with the text. Thanks to all.

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    Brenda Wood 01-26-17
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    "Easily one of my favorite books!"

    I love everything about this series, but this book is by far my favorite! take my advice, read it. :)

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