I enjoyed this book, however, I found there to be several dull points in which I found myself drifting off. The allegory is a bit too in-your-face for me; I prefer a much subtler allegory. Overall, I'd say it's good for one read through. Definitely not a rereader.
Fans of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia will find a very different world here, but that's not a bad thing. The descriptions of human nature and another planet with distinctive beings are very well done. The reading of the book is fine also.
It was a good story, but nothing amazing here. I feel like this story is an English department best-effort at science fiction without any real scientific premonitions and too much introspection for a proper scifi. I was very terrified for Ransom at the beginning and the author does a great job seeding fear and impending doom, but it kind of just petered out. The alien language names make the story difficult to follow. I was instantly lost in all the similar sounding words. I believe that the things I didn't like we're actually intentional, but that doesn't make me enjoy them any more. I think the interpersonal themes of the story could be explored in any setting which makes me feel like the alien planet is contrived. There are some sparkles of Christianity in the shadows of the story. The beginning is far better than the end - almost like the author had a great idea and didn't quite finish it off. Audio performance was great. I was never irritated or critical of the voice and was convinced that the reader was the narrator. Decent but not amazing. This is to sci-fi what Narnia is to fantasy.
Although he wrote in a time when there was no space program, C.S. Lewis challenges our imaginations to stretch beyond what we presume to know today. When the reader discovers the condition of our Home planet, an understanding is established for the other books in this trilogy.
Love the description of Malacandra, and the beings that inhabit it... The science is hokey, but when you consider it was written in 1938, and that what we knew about space or the planets was extremely limited, it is easily overlooked. As a friend of mine pointed out, at that time computers had not even been invented .
Don't listen to those other reviews. The book is by CS Lewis - of course it has religious undertones; however, I did not think this book had a ton. I think much like any "life on another planet" book, they have to explain the different species and how everything came about and I think those things always seem godlike. I am excited to continue the series. Very interesting and compelling story line.