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Out of the Silent Planet | [C.S. Lewis]

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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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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    Baba 07-21-15
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    "Wow what a book!"

    In this wildly creative book we travel and adventure with a linguist named Ransom as he is taken agents his will to world of Mars.
    After escaping Ransom meets and interacts with the creatures of the plant learning there ways and language.
    This book has great biblical and epic themes it deals with Angels, gods and the absurdity of man.
    Should read first as it is the first of three books beautiful narrated and worth your while!
    What a book what an adventure!

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    Jeff Bowling Green, KY, United States 07-15-15
    Jeff Bowling Green, KY, United States 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting"

    Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis is very imaginative. Described in engaging detail and wonderfully performed, I highly recommend it.

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    link 07-11-15
    link 07-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very clever"

    This is the first fiction I have read by CS Lewis. Very different than I imagined but still very entertaining.

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    Jeffrey 06-30-15
    Jeffrey 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lewis never disappoints"

    This book was fantastic! Lewis is always so poetic and descriptive in anything that he writes! I have always respected him and Tolkien for their ability to create whole universes, worlds, languages, cultures, and so on in stories, all the while silently interweaving the history and tenets of the Christian faith so that others may come to know Christ as well. Even if the underlying truth is not realized, this is still a great novel to enjoy for any science fiction or fantasy fan. I highly recommend it to anyone. Also the audio and narration quality by Geoffrey Howard was stellar and he sold it as a performance like any good voice actor would do rather than just reading lines.

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    SeanO 06-24-15
    SeanO 06-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome story"

    I have no complaints other than I was so absorbed in the story that I heard/saw nothing else, to the consternation of my children. Ah well. It was fun anyway.

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    Josiah Newman 06-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome story! Okay narrator."

    The narrator was slightly uninteresting, but it became more bearable as the story progressed. By the end he was enjoyable.

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    Zach 06-12-15
    Zach 06-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Science Fiction"

    If you enjoy science fiction I highly recommend this book. C.S Lewis sweeps you away on an adventure you won't forget. Can't wait to get the next two in the series!

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