©1944 Clive Staples Lewis; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"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)
This is a fascinating book with parallels to spiritual offerings of old. Very well read and this made the content bearable to happily listen to. Must read or hear rather.
Classic Lewis Becoming—A younger and rougher Lewis, and yet somehow deeper than you remember him.
The focus on struggle. The idea being that science and theology are not at constant odds, but that poor science and poor philosophy cannot stand without deception. (Any more would spoil the book!)
Geoffrey Howard performs the entire series. He is by no means the best narrator, but he is good at his trade. You will be able to understand him, and he will not put you to sleep.
The Question of Good or Evil.
I highly recommend listening (or reading) the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, before listening to this book. While you may be able to gather quickly the missing parts, some of the plot will make little sense without this foundational knowledge.
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.
Challenging, eloquent, suspenseful.
Ransom, of course.
Ransom, of course.
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.
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.
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.
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
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)
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.
Less of everything it was. WAY to Descriptive. Just goes on and on.
Not thinking so. But pretty sure I have before.
He was confident.
Did not finish the read.
Not for me, meaning the story just seems to be about describing EVERY little thing then correcting all those description to say Or Not.
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.
His voice is perfect.
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