I loved this book. The story was compelling, exciting, even spiritual, and very thought promoting. The only complaint I had is that it mentions private body parts - somewhat scientifically, but with my little kids listening in, it made me just slightly uncomfortable a couple times. I didn't think it was necessary to the story either, so why include it? But, I can't argue with CS Lewis. He wrote a great story and I can't wait to start on the sequel!
Being on the other planet, and feeling the calmness of the creatures, and the simplicity and purity of their motives. Also, when Ransom meets the hross creature for the first time, the way they look at each other and communicate is wonderful and completely believable.
Great voice, accent, feeling.
The book is very well written, the story is creative and thought provoking.
Lewis is fantastic at creating a picture, even another world in his books by details and well crafted characters that pull you into the story.
I am a life long C.S. Lewis fan. I have read everything he has written with a few exceptions. Geoffrey Howard's reading was adequate. Certianly not annoying but a less monotone voice would have been perferable.
There really are no comparisons to this book. An anti thesis to it would be HG Wells' "First Men in the Moon". Most people would say the HG Wells book is the better work, I would not be one of those.
He did not detract but he was a bit monotone. I've had to endure much worse narrators than this one.
It depends on who made it and what actors are in it. There are certain actors I cannot stomach no matter how good I think the movie may be. The last movie that was made from a C.S. Lewis book was the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They gutted the Lewis story in that movie and it was really quite sad because it is the best of the Narnia stories.
If this were done by a better Narrator, I would purchase it again. The main problem was the the chapter navigation in the book is all messed up and doesn't seem to work on my IPOD at all. You can play it from beginning to end but you cannot jumb from chapter to chapter.
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.
overall I enjoyed listening, especially the parts about the linguistic and community structure.
intresting story, but outdated science part.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE IS A KIND OF MADNESS
I loved parts of this very much and was bored by a lot of it very much. Lewis is an intellectual, but makes hard things easy to understand. If only I could have edited out the mindless running around and the creature of the week. This is my second reading of this, not sure if I will read it again. I wonder if we have eldil on our world, but just don't know it. I loved the beginning of the book and want to go on my own walking tour. I liked how he gets to Malacandra (Mars). Once he gets there, he runs into several different beings and we get these long descriptions of them, along with the fauna. He starts running around the planet which leads to more descriptive monsters and fauna. Occasionally he has conversations with some of the beings and those are usually very thought provoking. I think the intellectual conversations make the book worth getting, but the mindless running around, just to be able to describe more creatures, keeps me from giving it a fifth star.
YOU HOLD ALL THE CARDS
Science fiction and God usually don't make good bedfellows. But an understanding of the devil from the perspective of a Ruling Angel from another world is brilliant. Loved it.
I think you could only write this book if you had no idea what space was actually like. If you want to consider matters of randomly generated space characteristics and theology you may enjoy this.