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Out of the Silent Planet Audiobook

Out of the Silent Planet: Ransom Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of the Cosmic Trilogy, considered to be C.S. Lewis' chief contribution to the science fiction genre. The trilogy concerns Dr. Ransom, a linguist, who, like Christ, was offered a ransom for mankind. The first two novels are planetary romances with elements of medieval mythology. Each planet is seen as having a tutelary spirit; those of the other planets are both good and accessible, while that of Earth is fallen, twisted, and not known directly by most humans. The story is powerfully imagined, and the effects of lesser gravity on Martian planet and animal life is vividly rendered.

©1938, 1944, 1945 by C.S. Lewis Pte Ltd.; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A delightful fantasy." (New York Herald Tribune)
"C.S. Lewis...is a master of fantasy." (Saturday Review)

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    Kristyne United States 12-10-12
    Kristyne United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Out of the Silent Planet again? Why?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Silent Planet?

    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.


    What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, accent, feeling.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Bickham DALLAS, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Joseph Bickham DALLAS, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastically Awesome"
    What made the experience of listening to Out of the Silent Planet the most enjoyable?

    The book is very well written, the story is creative and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elbert 01-02-12
    Elbert 01-02-12
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    "You Won't Want to Put it Down"

    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.

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    Caprice 06-02-17
    Caprice 06-02-17
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    "Typical C. S. Lewis"

    I love his writings, even the fiction. Great story line but narration pretty bland

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    Scott Howard Carson City Nevada 04-16-12
    Scott Howard Carson City Nevada 04-16-12

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    "Great Lewis Classic"
    Would you try another book from C.S. Lewis and/or Geoffrey Howard?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Out of the Silent Planet to and why?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did not detract but he was a bit monotone. I've had to endure much worse narrators than this one.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    margaret 08-20-17
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    "Must Read...or Listen"

    C.S Lewis is a remarkable author, with a remarkable imagination. sit back, relax and take a trip through the stars, and explore strange new world's and new civilizations. Boldly go where no reader has gone before.

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    Amazon Customer 08-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "classic c s lewis"

    love c s Lewis. the first of the triligy. looking forward to book 2. nicely done

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    C 07-29-17
    C 07-29-17
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    "a new approach for me. started reading the book"

    started reading but needed audio to finish. helped me envision better. Glad audible had.this available.

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    leslie mudd 07-14-17
    leslie mudd 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good overall"

    This was a very good book that had a great story line. However,the book ran a little long and at some pints I had to rewind just to hear what they said because it didn't grab my attention.

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    Wendy G. Anderson Memphis, TN United States 07-13-17
    Wendy G. Anderson Memphis, TN United States 07-13-17 Member Since 2017

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    "An Engaging Fantasy and Socio-Political Commentary"

    This has long been one of my favourite CS Lewis works. It introduces the "Everyman" character Elwin Ransom (who features prominently in at least two other Lewis books) and explains how he became involved with the spiritual rulers of the solar system. More importantly, it sets forth an idea of the intersection of the spiritual and physical realms, and the ways in which both affect the lives of the sentient beings that inhabit the various worlds comprising the solar system. I find myself longing, at the end of the story, to return to Malacandra and to explore other worlds in the Fields of Arbol with Dr. Ransom, whose philological bent is the perfect enticement to a word-lover like me.

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