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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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    payday 11-23-16
    payday 11-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes!"

    Did Lewis really know Ransom? This was my fourth time reading the book and I still think it really happened!!! HA!!

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    Brian Cook 10-26-16
    Brian Cook 10-26-16
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    "Interesting sci fi"

    Don't listen to those other reviews. The book is by CS Lewis - of course it has religious undertones; however, I did not think this book had a ton. I think much like any "life on another planet" book, they have to explain the different species and how everything came about and I think those things always seem godlike. I am excited to continue the series. Very interesting and compelling story line.

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    Lilstarr Galveston,In 10-23-16
    Lilstarr Galveston,In 10-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Wow"

    This book was absolutely stunning from the beginning to the finish! Most enjoyable and would listen to it again!

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    Is5410 Rochester, NY 10-09-16
    Is5410 Rochester, NY 10-09-16
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    "Interesting premise"

    As with all CS Lewis writings, it will require reading or listening to it multiple times.

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    Dagnabbit 10-09-16
    Dagnabbit 10-09-16
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    "Outstanding tale, thought provoking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Silent Planet to be better than the print version?

    No, the print version of this and the following two in the series, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, are joys to read... and while the audio versions are a treat on the go, if you're settling down for a long winter's evening with a book, take on the paper version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ransom, the perplexed and human hero, humbled with a hammer of reality when he faces the magnitude of the cost of his selfishness, and then moves on manfully. Not the time to apologize endlessly in hopes of some sort of balm from the one he fatally injured - the deed is done and its time to go do something about it. Smart and true


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Little less breathy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. The episode where Ransom goes privately to explain what has happened in our own world - we are not admitted to that conversation - but when they emerge, the king of that world is visibly moved and stunned, and ready to act. very stirring.


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    J. Reid So. California 09-29-16
    J. Reid So. California 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Most excellent and beautiful!"

    This was classic science fiction at it's best! Fantastic world. Alien life. Danger. Fun. Meaning. It is all there. I really like Lewis' other work and this is no different. Do yourself a favor and get this.

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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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    Lorene Stilwell 09-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "disappointing"
    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

    I love audiobooks from the childhood. I Iive in Kazakhstan and work as an accountant for US. Listen audible while coloring or dog-walking.

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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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    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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