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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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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

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"A delightful fantasy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"C.S. Lewis...is a master of fantasy." (Saturday Review)

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    A story beyond conscious understanding and totally real and true!! God is everywhere and loves his created beings.

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    "One of the best listens on Audible"

    This is one of the best works of science fiction of the 20th century (despite its scientific inaccuracies regarding the surface of Mars). Reading it again is always akin to visiting with a much beloved grand parent.

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    Worth double your time. Contains an excellent philosophical juxtaposition of worlds, one unreal and one real which reveals man by contrast in a state of brokenness.

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    It is hard to listen to in the first half but it has a few jewels if you endure.

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    "not CSL's best"

    not CSl's best but worth listening nonetheless. the audio version makes it slow and at points boring due to the nature of the story and a less than ideal recording.

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    "Favorite series"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I have listened to it twice in the last few months and it may have to do with having some understanding Jesus' love for me that makes me love them so much. I am so intrigued by C.S. Lewis is every way and this has been a big highlight in my endeavors of thought with him.

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    "Big CS Lewis fan"

    I really enjoyed Out of the Silent Planet. Lewis is a master story teller and I am excited to dive right into the next book in the series. The narrator is fine, but maybe a bit bland. I found myself losing focus from time to time and would have to go back, but don't let that deter you from a great book.

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    "Great!!!!"

    I read this back in high school and it's still just as good! If you want a story with a vivid world and a memorable story, with a dash or two of great humor, than look no further! I plan to finish the trilogy now that I've finished this book!

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    "Interesting analogies"

    Like the statement at one point that much of the evil in the world is that we are trying to be our own Lord and rule over others.
    At times the detailed descriptions of another world are hard to follow by audio.

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    "CS Lewis fans will be delighted"

    Great reading, well paced. Very thought provoking...a typical Lewis lesson. Life changing. Vivid, deep, emotionally taunting while simultaneously objective and philosophical.

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