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.
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"A delightful fantasy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"C.S. Lewis...is a master of fantasy." (Saturday Review)
What a mind C.S. Lewis had. The books was good and I enjoyed the adventure he took me on. The details are such I felt like I was there experiencing it along side the main character. It is worth listening to the book.
I had read it before but forgotten much. Loved it again. He tells through fiction what either cannot be communicated directly or would be much, much more difficult.
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I have always loved this book from the first time I read it many years ago. Was happy to find the audiobook so inexpensive. I only wish that the reader had been better. This wonderful, deep, laugh out loud funny book deserves the best interpreter out there. C.f. The Abolition of Man by Lewis for an excellent companion to this book,if you want a nonfiction look at some of the ideas touched on here.
C. S. Lewis knows how to write good sci-fi. I never read the same book twice, but this one I would read again and again. His description of the protagonist's first moments aboard the spacecraft stick in my mind as an example of his mastery of this form. I would recommend this book to any lover of science fiction or simply quality storytelling.
We need such stories which address conclusions of what we believe about the world and life. It underscores the question of not just why materialist beliefs are preferred but why they are such strong beliefs.
A great book, a great performance, five stars. I have listen to the book 3 times now, and intend to listen to it more. I also recommend the other books in the trilogy.
The narrator was decent. I felt like he could have been more emotional and created some more pause between dialog instead of his monologue of rhythm that barely stops. The story takes a tiny bit to get into but is absolutely fantastic once into it. Like all great stories it leaves you longing for that other world. For Lewis that world is heaven.
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