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Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet

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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

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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    David Henderson, NV, USA 05-27-05
    David Henderson, NV, USA 05-27-05
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    "Original, complex, not middle of the road"

    Written in the 30's and poor science fiction [SF] (some of the science in it is wrong even by the knowledge of Lewis's day), this novel is incredible in imaginative detail and original concepts as well as in conveying real wonder, not just sense of wonder. The characters are fully realized (his hero even has some beliefs and attitudes he disagreed with) although having some cliche aspects, an intentional tool Lewis used in emphasizing the story's theme of GOOD against evil.

    Not for anti-Christians although open minded atheists could enjoy it; Lewis fills the story with theology, spirituality, and deep philosophical considerations that point toward a God without being preachy - it's just from a spiritual perspective. Principles of morality, ethics, and honesty are a major componant of the story. Yes it's a simple plot as most good vs evil stories are. But he plays great games with fun aliens (giving each species its own characterization), plausible plantary environments, and weird (sometimes too weird) alien vegetation.

    While the author is doing all of this, he finds time to give other SF writers lessons on how to deal with characters encountering alien languages - his protagonist is a philologist, a scientist of language. He makes learning a language seem easy and even fun. As for sociology, he put more detail into the aliens' cultures in this novel in 1937 than was to be found in most of the SF field of the day.

    Not perfect in any respect, yet it is more original than the vast majority of SF published before or since. Some SF from recent decades improves on many of the science fictional aspects, but Lewis's spiritual/philosophical approach provides a distinctive point of view that hasn't been seen since his trilogy.

    The following books get even better while more cliched in the theological aspects. The third book is a major work of fantasy while couched in SF terms. If Audible ever gets them, they are worth checking out.

    47 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Dent Lithia Springs, GA United States 11-18-09
    Jonathan Dent Lithia Springs, GA United States 11-18-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good Writer and Reader"

    I downloaded this for road trips. There are two reasons why this is an excellent purchase.

    1) C.S. Lewis is brilliant. His grasp of how space travel would happen and of spirituality is very gripping.

    2) The person reading the book did an excellent job.

    We listened to it over 4 trips. It made the drive something to look forward too! I am about to download the next two in the series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    SAinCA 04-24-12
    SAinCA 04-24-12

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    "Gripping, provoking and how true"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Lewis' grasp of the best and worst of humanity is clearly portrayed in a fast-moving, thought provoking story, where one can relate great principles and insights to the non-listener. Though some may not be drawn to science-fiction novels, the lack of techno-overkill is refreshing enabling the listener to enjoy the story for itself and the themes embarked upon in part 1 of this trilogy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The eye-openers Ransom experiences, particularly the appreciation of the traits of each species he encounters that are so contrary to the attitudes formed before meeting them - pre-judging others is such a stupid predisposition...

    The use of so many English words long fallen into disuse is very refreshing and stimulates the listener's vocabulary back above the 6th-grade norm of so much of modern "literature". The language Lewis uses paints graphic word pictures that few others approach. This is classic writing!


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

    He brings tangible emotion to the listener that is clearly in keeping with the context and his speaking pace is fast, which keeps one's attention.


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

    The honor and respect given to the three hrossa killed by the "bent men".


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a great novel; highly recommended for its language and story, but predominantly for its themes and messages.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 07-22-05
    Victoria 07-22-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Fantastic fantasy..."

    C.S.Lewis does it again. I am never disappointed with any of his fiction, and this time is no different. This book can only be fully appreciated when read in the full trilogy. It's just a shame that Audible.com doesn't carry 'Perelandra' (or 'Voyage to Venus', as it is otherwise known), which is the pinnacle of the trilogy.
    The style of this book may seem dated, but the themes are so profound and perennial that this book will resonate with the reader for a long long time, if one reads carefully and with an eye to such themes (Lewis never writes superfluously).
    For the true Lewis fan, who understands his purpose, you will not be disappointed!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Davis, CA, USA 10-13-06
    Heidi Davis, CA, USA 10-13-06
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    "You'll love this book...."

    Another wonderful tale by C.S. Lewis. In fact, my ten year old son enjoyed this story as much as I did! Although the deeper points of this enchanting story may be lost on the young, the beauty of this book is that it has a philosophical aspect that draws in the mind while sparking the imagination. We can't wait to read the next book in the series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 10-30-12
    Dan Sheboygan Falls, WI, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Out of the Silent Planet to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    The Hnakra


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

    Ranson


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I liked it so much, I forced myself to take it slow


    Any additional comments?

    What an incredible book. Better than Narnia, Better than Middle Earth. If I could go to any one of them, I'd go to Malacandra and the Handramit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jeremy smither 03-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "GOOD BOOK"

    I am an athiest and I did not want to be pounded with a religious message and to my delight I was not, C.S of course is going to thread it in at times but its not so much as to annoy the listener. I say for a science fiction book this one is pretty good.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-19-15
    Dalen Hamilton, ON, Canada 01-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazingly inventive allegory"

    Wonderful book by one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time. Lewis blends fiction with Christian principles in a seamless way. Think narnia in space for adults.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 08-31-13
    Aaron 08-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Dated...not aging well."

    I regard CS Lewis with high esteem, but did not care for this book.

    Perhaps in 1939 this was cutting-edge sci fi., but for me it came across like "Land of the Lost". It had its moments. All in all, however, I would suggest looking to another of his books for your next listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristyne United States 12-10-12
    Kristyne United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great!"
    Would you listen to Out of the Silent Planet again? Why?

    I loved this book. The story was compelling, exciting, even spiritual, and very thought promoting. The only complaint I had is that it mentions private body parts - somewhat scientifically, but with my little kids listening in, it made me just slightly uncomfortable a couple times. I didn't think it was necessary to the story either, so why include it? But, I can't argue with CS Lewis. He wrote a great story and I can't wait to start on the sequel!


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

    Being on the other planet, and feeling the calmness of the creatures, and the simplicity and purity of their motives. Also, when Ransom meets the hross creature for the first time, the way they look at each other and communicate is wonderful and completely believable.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, accent, feeling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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