©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)
God is my favorite character. Even though Lewis doesn't render Him overtly, the story contains a vision of how God intended things to be. It would be impossible not to love Him if we understood Him the way Lewis did.
Howard has the whole range of intangibles that separate mediocre readers from very good ones. He can carry the tone and mood of each situation without making himself the object in place of the text.
This is a masterful novel. Those of us who were raised in the Christian faith often find that we begin with a "Jesus Loves Me" kind of understanding of Christianity. When we outgrow that understanding, we need a deeper, more personal knowledge of God. Thank God for C.S. Lewis. I hesitated to read this series at first because, having read the Narnia books, I was afraid these wouldn't be satisfying to adults. They are. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They surpass my own grasp of Christianity and leave me "older" in the faith with many new, profound things to take back to the Bible. Read Lewis. Deepen your faith.
Lewis paints with emotions and all the senses, like the master painters of the renaissance. True science fiction, given the science of his day; his created world is complete, if simple. His plot emerges gradually, becoming clear late in the narrative. I never expected to hear such a meld of Christian and cosmological themes.
History of Man
Out of the Silent Planet
That Hideous Strength
Easy to understand. Great character inflection without over doing it.
Ransom's inner struggles of self doubt and fear really do capture the experience of many who long to live a Christian life. God has called us to great things. We are the means of His work on Earth and a chosen part of His purposes, and yet we think that the powers of darkness will overtake us. He has given us the truth, and we walk around as if we have nothing to offer in the debates and lies crowding the minds of men. In the end, we are more than conquerers and our fate is known to us - if only we believe Him and stand against the enemy.
Absolutely. Lewis explains spiritual ideas in a way I have never heard before. It's like God gave him a special gift that he acknowledged and pursued to the fullest extent.
It's so vivid yet so unlike anything any of us have ever seen with our own eyes. He paints it like we have always know it.
He had to go back and forth between a few characters and the shift was clean and appropriate.
when he went into the cave. How can you explain something like that?
If you are considering a good series of books to entertain and to give you some new views on the cosmic battle of the universe, you'll want to purchase the C.S.Lewis Space Trilogy.
Just make sure you have plenty of time to listen because you won't want to stop.
The reader sounds like he is speaking directly to you instead of simply reading out loud.
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Nice touch using someone with a British accent to narrate! This has been great to listen to on my iPod!
Lewis' imagination takes you to a parallel world and supposes what would happen if man did not fall. He does this with a splendid blend of sci-fi and illustrated christian life.
It would be fantastic to see this made as a movie with the Avatar technology set.
This is without a doubt one of my favorite novels by Lewis along with That Hideous Strength.
Perelandra is one of C.S. Lewis' greatest writings. It carries some of the same themes as "Out of the Silent Planet," but deals with the nature of sin and liberal thought. It is a great book for those who love C.S. Lewis and his amazing way of explaining philosophic thought through narrative.
This was the first C.S. Lewis book I read 29 years ago, and listening to it today was just as enjoyable and meaningful. Maybe because it was my first, Perelandra is still one of my favorites. Rich.
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