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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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    James COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-04-12
    James COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good science fiction story with a Christian contex"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was enjoyable and enlightening.


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

    When they all meet on the island and talk to the Eldil.


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

    Not that I recall.


    Any additional comments?

    The last 15-20 minutes of the book seem to be a somewhat strange add on, but the book was overall very good.

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    Patrick United States 07-02-12
    Patrick United States 07-02-12
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    "Loved listening"
    Would you listen to Out of the Silent Planet again? Why?

    I have read this wonder filled book several times. It was a nice experience to hear it read.


    What other book might you compare Out of the Silent Planet to and why?

    Any well written, stimulating and inspiring fantasy.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His British accent was a perfect way to listen to a story about an Englishman in space! LOL


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was mesmerized by the descriptions of space travel and an alien landscape. The interactions Ransom had with the Martians was quite moving and heartfelt. The ideas explored in the interactions between the characters make this more than a fantasy. They are profound in their implications about our place and conduct in the real world.


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    Ernest vacavilee, CA, United States 04-16-12
    Ernest vacavilee, CA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Facinating"
    What did you love best about Out of the Silent Planet?

    Very descriptive account of what Mars would look like if it had life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brings the ability to see how someone can overcome their prejudices and work with someone who is completely different. Even going to the point of understanding their culture and language.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a certain speed and confidence in his reading.


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    Adam CARY, NC, United States 02-13-12
    Adam CARY, NC, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Thought provoking"
    If you could sum up Out of the Silent Planet in three words, what would they be?

    Mankind is small minded, self-centered, and destructive. That is not what we were intended to be.


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

    The scene when the three Men were before Oyarsa, the ruler of Malacandra.


    What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think of his voice when I think of C.S. Lewis.


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    Jonathan United States 02-06-12
    Jonathan United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "SciFi Backdrop for Theological Revelation"
    What did you love best about Out of the Silent Planet?

    C.S. Lewis does it again! I am amazed at his ability to think of technologies and civilizations that he had yet to encounter for this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part is that the story isn't even about scifi! It's about us, humanity, and how we have been deceived. He incorporates the Heavens in a way that explains angels, God, and the Big Picture.


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Howard – was your favorite?

    Obviously Dr. Ransom was the main (90%) of the dialogue.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did make me think and that's better than both.


    Any additional comments?

    Geoffrey Howard and C.S. Lewis must have been good friends or maybe he is an avid admirer of him b/c he is the only person I have heard read Lewis.

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    Leslie INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-04-11
    Leslie INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 12-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "C. S. Lewis is a great writer."
    What did you love best about Out of the Silent Planet?

    I never knew what was going to happen


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Very, very good performance.


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

    No special moment


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and its two sequels

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    Dean 03-19-10
    Dean 03-19-10 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Political, Scientific, and Religous."

    I found the book quite interesting, peticularly in light of the year it was written. I think the narator placed the original publication date somewhere in the 1930's.

    The character development was more than I was expecting, given some of the other Lewis books I have read recently.

    A few items of note though,the last ch...apter or so was a bit tedious considering it is supposed to be letters from one of the main characters to the books author. The second item was...a bit of a political football here in the USA right now...two of the human characters were put through waterboarding to clear their heads during an interview. The last item that occured to me while writing this was considering the time of this books release...and Gene Rodenbury's 'Martian Chronicals' did one inflance the other?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Nowthen, MN, United States 12-31-08
    Bryan Nowthen, MN, United States 12-31-08
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    "Very good"

    This book was my 2nd favorite in the series. I've listened to it twice now, and recommened it for any Christian. The narrator does a nice job. The book is engaging and well written, though a little dated, because it was pretty early for SciFi. This series is not as fun as the Narnia series, but has more theology and christian philosophy. It was sometimes challenging to think about what Lewis was teaching at the same time as following the story, but well worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 05-21-05
    Suze Victoria, BC, Canada 05-21-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Profoundly Disappointing"

    I used my credits to get the first two books in the series as I am a huge C.S. Lewis fan and wanted the books for my grand-children - I am very happy that I opted to vet the series before passing it along because I will definitely NOT be giving it to them nor recommending it to anyone. Sorry C.S...

    C.S. Lewis uses an extra-terrestrial setting to drone on about Christianity... (and this seriously monotone narrator can drone like no other!) The story-line has it all... God, the devil,and everything in between in alien characters - Oh yeah... the Christ character is from earth... the silent planet - Sheesh...

    The writing lacks all the great plot and character development of any decent sci-fi or fantasy. It is a total waste of time - C.S. Lewis should stay in Narnia where he truly shines!

    Save your purchases folks!

    19 of 107 people found this review helpful
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