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The Four Loves | [C.S. Lewis]

The Four Loves

In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).
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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

But instead of giving us a dry, theological treatise, Lewis makes the subject extremely personal and practical by showing us how easily natural loves can go wrong and pollute our relationships. He shows that what we often tend to excuse as natural behavior is really selfish and destructive.

Lewis exposes these pitfalls in our loves in order to lead us to the solution, Godlike agape love that God has for men and women and the kind we must develop and nurture in our relationships.

As in his writing, Lewis doesn�t merely tell, he shows these loves in action with vivid and often humorous illustrations. The images are so realistically drawn and so alive you are sure to recognize someone you know or live with, or maybe even yourself.

© and (P)1970, 1982, 1994, 2004 by The Episcopal Media Center

What the Critics Say

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)

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    William Dunbar, PA, USA 01-30-05
    William Dunbar, PA, USA 01-30-05
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    "Insightful Views on Love"

    It is a great treat to hear Lewis' voice. But be aware that this is not the exact same material as his book that bears the same title. Rather it is from a series of radio broadcasts prior to the publication of the book.
    The material is still very insightful, even though the book itself contain additional material.

    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    allison 12-14-08
    allison 12-14-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Hearing this book in his own voice was incredible."

    CS Lewis is such a profound thinker, and his insight into the types of love and how they grow or fail is so perceptive. While the reading isn't up-tempo or fast paced, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Lewis himself reading this. It was more like having your grandfather give you really great insight into a matter than hearing a motivational speaker talk about it, and this seemed to make it more tangible.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James JACKSONVILLE, AL, United States 01-04-13
    James JACKSONVILLE, AL, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lewis's Own Voice: an Acquired Taste"
    Any additional comments?

    C. S. Lewis is my favorite author, but I was almost horror-stricken the first time I heard his voice. He sounded to me like he was looking down his nose, and unfriendly. But I kept listening, mostly out of sheer novelty. And now, all sorts of qualties, tones, colors, nuances, and inflections have settled in and I find that not only do I enjoy his voice, but I almost can't understand how I had such an aversion to it. I think there's just been a lot lost in the lecture manner of 1950's Oxford/Cambridge, until what was excellent, clear, and forceful once comes off as cold and affected now. But in his day, nobody packed the house for lectures like Lewis. And it wasn't just his ideas, but his voice they loved. There are many accounts of this. So, if you are turned off at first, keep going and see if you don't end up loving it.I know, by the way, that this wasn't just a matter of "getting used to it" or forcing myself to like it because I like Lewis. Because I tried to apply the same acclimation to a particularly obnoxious narrator who happened to perform my favorite novel of all time. But try as I might, I couldn't take the guy.Lastly, if you find the commentary (I believe it's Dobson, but I could be wrong) before each of the loves to be jarring - as I did - you can order a CD version of these recordings plus two other CD's of Lewis reading a paper on The Pilgrim's Progress and a longish paper he wrote when he took his position at Cambridge, all for 20 bucks from the folks at Episcopal Media Center. They call the collection "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind." In addition to the extra material, the Four Loves recordings are presented without commentary. (I hope Audible doesn't mind my plugging their version here, but Audible doesn't have those other recordings available.) Just google "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind" and it'll pop right up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BenQ Greenville, SC, USA 02-18-09
    BenQ Greenville, SC, USA 02-18-09 Member Since 2009

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    "A recording of CS Lewis himself!"

    Excellent and in depth talks on the 4 types of love - affection (storge),friendship (philia), erotic love (eros), and the love of God (agape). Very practical and easy to understand. This is not a reading from the book "The Four Loves". Instead it is material that Lewis read directly from his transcrpts and was recorded in 1958 and broadcast over the radio. The material was included 2 years later in his book "The Four Loves". This is the only professional recording of CS Lewis' voice available today.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Burnsville, NC, United States 04-25-13
    Gina Burnsville, NC, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

    I love Jesus, family, animals, nature ~ I'm in school for Web Technologies and Information Systems Technology. I love web design and writing.

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    "C.S. Lewis' real voice :)"
    Where does The Four Loves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is C.S. Lewis himself and I had never heard him, so felt blessed to have the opportunity to hear his work as expressed by him. I enjoyed the book but didn't get it all with one listen and will definitely be listening to it again and possibly more than once more. It is a great topic - LOVE - and he definitely has a well thought out idea of the various aspects of love. Although I need to hear it more often to get it all, I enjoyed the first listen enough to encourage me to listen again and again. Inspiring and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Agape Love


    What about C.S. Lewis’s performance did you like?

    It is in his own voice


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carpiesong Laredo, TX, USA 06-08-11
    Carpiesong Laredo, TX, USA 06-08-11 Member Since 2008

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    "C.S. Lewis read by C.S. Lewis"

    This is an amazing piece. Considering it was recorded over 50 years ago, the quality is pretty good. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maggy Taipei, Taiwan 03-25-11
    Maggy Taipei, Taiwan 03-25-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I feel I am deceived"

    I bought this audio book because it says it is an unabridged version. But it is not true. It is different from the original book. I am very disappointed about the wrong description.

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    Zephyr 06-20-14
    Zephyr 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Lewis but..."
    Would you listen to The Four Loves again? Why?

    I would listen to the four loves again because the substance of the book is solid.


    What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

    The four loves is one of the best works of C.S. Lewis. He is very informative in this book and not at all out of his philosophical depth as in "The abolition of man". He provides good insights and clarifications as well as warnings. So i would most compare the four loves to "Mere Christianity".


    Would you listen to another book narrated by C.S. Lewis?

    In a sermon on transposition (found in "The weight of glory") Lewis gives a very helpful analogy whcih begins with the fact that since there are more vowel sounds then there are vowels in our alphabet some vowels must make more than one sound. He would do well to remember this when he speaks as his pronunciation of many words is frightful. My mind always cringed when he would pronounce Agape as Ahh-guh-pee. However this can be overlooked since his topic is so well covered and he is so very British.


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    Craig Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-23-14
    Craig Salt Lake City, UT, United States 03-23-14

    Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.

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    "Not His Best Book, But Great Hearing Lewis' Voice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Four Loves the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Lewis read the book himself!


    What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

    I really can't think of one at the moment.


    What does C.S. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again, hearing Lewis read the book himself.


    What did you learn from The Four Loves that you would use in your daily life?

    Finding different ways to love.


    Any additional comments?

    As a Classical Greek minor, I was a little disappointed that Lewis (a Greek scholar himself) only discussed four words for love in Greek. There are at least seven that I'm aware of. Despite this flaw, however, I highly recommend this audiobook, even though I'm an Atheist. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ferroni Ohio 02-04-14
    Joseph Ferroni Ohio 02-04-14
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    "C. S. Lewis is incredible and everyone will enjoy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think it should be "read" by everyone alive to day


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Loves?

    Learning about Love being everywhere and shared by all.


    Which character – as performed by C.S. Lewis – was your favorite?

    N/A


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Lewis is incredibly gifted and is able to share his gift with all enjoy and share


    Any additional comments?

    To think Lewis and "JRR Tolkein"were friends. It makes me shake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    6/24/11
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    "Lewis at his incisive best"

    This series of four readings, which I think were originally broadcast on the radio, give Lewis' thoughts on the four types of love. His analysis is incisive and intelligent, but at the same time witty and not at all dry. I have certainly learned a lot from this recording, and you'll probably find you need to listen to it more than once to get the gain of it. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashling
    Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    5/22/08
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    "Ashling"

    It is so wonderful to hear C.S Lewis read his own piece. Only he can read it the way he truly intended it and i wish there were more recordings of his voice. This is great to listen to, i've enjoyed it so much i've listened to it quite a number of times now. Only Lewis can accomplish this brilliant mix of profound wit and wisdom, which brings so much insight into our relationships and our relationship with God...of course, i'm convinced to God's delight, without taking ourselves so seriously.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Cardross, Argyll & Bute, United Kingdom
    4/20/06
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    "Excellent"

    Plain, understandable and erudite. A thoroughly enjoyable book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Chard, United Kingdom
    4/11/12
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    "The Master's servant's voice"

    C S Lewis is one of the most-quoted Christian apologeticists of the modern era, and I've heard him cited by adherents of a wide range of denominations. His reasoning is solid and his arguments lucid. So it's a real treat to hear him deliver one of his most influential texts in his own voice. Some of the comments in the section on 'eros' may feel a little dated now, and perhaps reflect the era and his own seclusion in the bastion of male academia of the time, but overall the insights in this short narrative remain incisive and helpful on every topic.
    I have fair regard for Chuck Colson as an author, too, but would have preferred his interpolations in this recording edited out. He's really acting as cheerleader and doesn't add much insight - but each of his commentaries is short, so all is not lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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