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Publisher's Summary

Have we been taught to discount the veracity and deeper meaning of our emotional resonance with the world around us? In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis looks at the curriculum of the English "prep school" and begins to wonder if this subliminal teaching has indeed produced a generation who discount such a nature.

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis's classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil.

©1945 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"These two short works by Lewis are a fine introduction to his eloquent writing, as well as his thought....Robert Whitfield's disciplined and well-modulated voice has an appealingly confident quality." (AudioFile)

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First is great. Second is hard.

The great divorce was fantastic. The abolition of man was hard to listen to, but has great content.

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Outstanding

The Great Divorce and The Abolition of Man for the price make getting these books a no brainier. I love the Great Divorce as it really makes you think.

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  • Peter
  • Kennewick, WA, United States
  • 04-19-15

still true today

timeless insight into human nature. cs lewis reasons out and presents difficult truths in a way I can understand.

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interesting

this is a profound book but in some points can be confusing. I would recommend it.

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The narrator gives each character their own voice

The Great Divorce was an amazing #audiblebook. The narrator Simon Vance did a fantastic job bringing to life both heaven and hell. Every character you meet along the way had their own unique voice, personality and charm just like CS Lewis must have imagined when he wrote the book. As for the content it's one of my favorite CS Lewis writings. A little bit of science fiction and a whole lot of great theology. As for the Abolition of Man the content didn't interest me and it was too heady for my taste. But the audiobook is well worth it to hear Simon Vance narrate the Great Divorce.

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Another excellent classic of Lewis, by Simon Vance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a wonderful listen. I was happy to find the two books in one.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, there are two stories, and I loved all of both.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, excellent as usual. I have many novels performed by Vance.

Any additional comments?

Great buy.

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I love the combo of Lewis and Vance

Something is magical about hearing this story read by Simon Vance. I liked it when I read it before, but now I love it!

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Deep theological matters read well

Both the allegory The Great Divorce and the philosophical work The Abolition of Man are very deep and much needed for our time. It is definitely written at a level above our current educational system. The only problem was not being able to take notes when listening while driving.

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Not Robert Whitfield

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I'm not complaining...but title is read by Simon Vance and not Robert Whitfield. I have several books read by Vance and he always does a great job.

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Incredible Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. I feel that I have understood the battle that each of us may wage to become comfortable in heaven. I am grateful for this allegory. Incredibly deep, but also easy to understand. C.S. Lewis is such a master.