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Perelandra | [C.S. Lewis]

Perelandra

Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.
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Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of the trilogy, Dr. Ransom's adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiac kingdom.

©1944 Clive Staples Lewis; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Geoffrey Howard's skilled narration keeps the listener riveted. His scholarly handling of the text minimizes characterization, while easily distinguishing the players. Howard's respect for the subject matter equals Lewis's own and entices the listener to address serious questions of temptation and morality." (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 12-24-05
    Amazon Customer Prairie Village, KS USA 12-24-05 Member Since 2005

    Larry

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    "The nature of the Fall."

    Lewis tells a fair yarn but the interesting thing is his thinking on the state of Man in the universe. If your looking for escapist fiction, this isn't it. The science is half baked and the dialogue contrived. The ideas, however, are worth pondering.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 11-17-10
    Tim United States 11-17-10

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Surprised"

    I am not sure what I exptected but this is a great listen. It helped me understand what Eve must have been like in the garden.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dean Creech Easley, SC United States 01-24-15
    Dean Creech Easley, SC United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall another worthwhile listen."

    The overall story and meanings and parallels were easy to follow and enjoyable. The last chapter was more of an essay than a story and difficult to capture by listening. The readings of some of the descriptions of scenes were better than out of the planet. But, at times difficult to catch the picture in my mind. I still plan on listening to the third book in the series.

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    Richard A Chandler 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I Love This Book In Spite of Myself"
    If you could sum up Perelandra in three words, what would they be?

    Challenging, eloquent, suspenseful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ransom, of course.


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

    Ransom, of course.


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

    By far the best of the "Space Trilogy" books, it's both emotionally and intellectually compelling, all the more so because it comes out of a worldview far removed from the common sense of the present day. It assumes the intellectual substance of traditional Christianity, and conjures up its emotions and aesthetics. And it's a hell of an adventure story. The suspense is genuine.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a rationalist and materialist. I'm the last person who should like this book, but I do. It didn't change my mind, but it did make me respect Christian thought and feeling. The ending however, is a bit ... much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Schuster Highlands Ranch, CO USA 10-23-14
    Jeff Schuster Highlands Ranch, CO USA 10-23-14
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    "Dissapointed"

    I have loved CS Lewis's books. I love his writing style, his intellect and even his radio voice. However, I was lost listening to the story of Perelandra. I am guessing that it may have helped if I had first listened to Malacandra this story would have made more sense. I did get the parallel with Adam & Eve... but really felt lost about most of the rest of the story. The descriptions of the scenes were quite vivid; but the story/plot were lacking in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Shields 09-10-13 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "In the 2nd book of the series Ransom visits Venus"

    The books of Lewis’s space trilogy are hard to review. How to you review a classic work of CS Lewis?

    In the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, Ransom is kidnapped and taken to Mars where he finds a ‘garden of Eden’. Mars is an old world, one that has not fallen. There is no sin. There are only the creatures, following in perfect unison with their creator.

    In Perelandra, Ransom is called to Venus for some purpose he does not know. Once there Ransom meets a green woman. One of only two people on the planet. She has been separated from ‘the king’. The world of Venus is a great ocean with floating islands. There is one solid place in the whole world. But the green woman and ‘the king’ have been told by their God that they can visit, but they are not to live there.

    Ransom is intrigued by this world, but he is sure there is something that he is supposed to do. And then comes Professor Weston. Weston is one of the two that kidnapped Ransom to go to Mars and he is back again on Venus. Except this time it is not really Weston. He is a man possessed, literally. The king of the world (Satan?) is there to tempt the green woman to the fall just as he did Eve on Earth. And Ransom’s job is to try and prevent it.

    I think this is better than Out of the Silent Planet. There is more story here and less pure theological explication.

    In the end this is more of an allegory than Chronicle of Narnia. The first book presents the potential of a world without sin. The second presents another look at how the fall could (or could not) have happened. It is intriguing, theologically sophisticated and well written. If you have a chance, pick it up.

    (originally posted on my blog Bookwi.se)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison East Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-24-13
    Allison East Palo Alto, CA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great until it turned into a sermon"

    I was really enjoying this book and the descriptions of venus but slowly the book got bogged down more and more in sermons until I almost didn't complete it.

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    David Monahans, TX, United States 07-01-13
    David Monahans, TX, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for Me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less of everything it was. WAY to Descriptive. Just goes on and on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C.S. Lewis again?

    Not thinking so. But pretty sure I have before.


    What three words best describe Geoffrey Howard’s performance?

    He was confident.


    What character would you cut from Perelandra?

    Did not finish the read.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for me, meaning the story just seems to be about describing EVERY little thing then correcting all those description to say Or Not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Q Mandeville, LA United States 11-19-12
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    "Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Perelandra to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but the audio version was excellent. I love a good story and listening to this one was enchanting.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darrell Kent, WA, United States 08-15-12
    darrell Kent, WA, United States 08-15-12
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    "I love reading Lewis"
    Would you listen to Perelandra again? Why?

    Yes. I am also reading along with the book. My son and I are doing so together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Perelandra?

    Discovering the new worlds created by Lewis. He is so descriptive. last book was a surprise. It was earthbound but surreal.


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

    I have listened to the entire Lewis Space trilogy. All were read well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    THe connection.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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