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.
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"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
It is in his own voice
This is an amazing piece. Considering it was recorded over 50 years ago, the quality is pretty good. I highly recommend it.
I didn't read the print version, but I loved that this was a recording of CS Lewis directly. It was completely awesome to know what the writer sounds like and to hear such an amazing theologen speaking.
Learning how all the loves intertwine as well as the differences between them. It breaks down love to the point where you can understand things like loving your enemy verses those who you love with feeling.
There were no characters.
No, this book did not make me laugh or cry, but rather just helped to open my eyes to the dynamic of love. I also wish English had various words to break down this single word that has so many meanings.
I would listen to the four loves again because the substance of the book is solid.
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".
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.
Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.
Hearing Lewis read the book himself!
I really can't think of one at the moment.
Again, hearing Lewis read the book himself.
Finding different ways to love.
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. :)
"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.
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.
Plain, understandable and erudite. A thoroughly enjoyable book
"Classic, appealing Lewis"
It was wonderful to hear the voice of C.S. Lewis reading his own book - I've never heard a recording of him before.
The Four Loves is an interesting little book. I'm not sure I agree with all that Lewis says in it, and I think I'll need to listen to it again before I understand some things, but everything is clear, well-defended and sensible in classic Lewis style. It isn't a difficult book in the sense that it can only be understood by the very intelligent or the philosophically-minded (neither of which descriptions ought to be applied to me), but it still managed to give me a feeling of having listened to something important.
His voice! Some of the points he makes in The Four Loves are very simple and everyday, but some take more thought to get your head around. Listening to what he places most emphasis on helps to highlight the important bits in places where fools like me blink in confusion!
No - the book itself is very conveniently divided up into four distinct chapters (the Audible version pairs these up to have two chapters). I stopped after each one to let what had been said sink in a bit.
I could have done without the inane 'commentary' of the guy who popped up a few times to say 'Hey! Here's another chapter! C.S.Lewis is totally awesome'. It was unnecessary and added nothing whatsoever to The Four Loves. On the other hand, there was so little of it that it really didn't impact on the book itself at all.
"must read by all people who want to love"
learn to love what you really mean to love and let people love you the way you want to be loved.
"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.
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