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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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    Brenda Wood 01-26-17
    Brenda Wood 01-26-17
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    "Easily one of my favorite books!"

    I love everything about this series, but this book is by far my favorite! take my advice, read it. :)

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    Amazon Customer 01-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good for a one-time read"

    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.

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    Janine B. 01-15-17
    Janine B. 01-15-17
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    "Great, original science fiction "

    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.

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    C.Tarbet 01-08-17
    C.Tarbet 01-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sophomoric science fiction"

    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.

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    William 12-26-16
    William 12-26-16 Listener Since 2006
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    "Lewis opens new thoughts about space and ethics"

    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.

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    Deborah Shields 12-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    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 .


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    payday 11-23-16
    payday 11-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Yes!"

    Did Lewis really know Ransom? This was my fourth time reading the book and I still think it really happened!!! HA!!

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    Brian Cook 10-26-16
    Brian Cook 10-26-16
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    "Interesting sci fi"

    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.

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    Lilstarr Galveston,In 10-23-16
    Lilstarr Galveston,In 10-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Wow"

    This book was absolutely stunning from the beginning to the finish! Most enjoyable and would listen to it again!

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    Is5410 Rochester, NY 10-09-16
    Is5410 Rochester, NY 10-09-16
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    "Interesting premise"

    As with all CS Lewis writings, it will require reading or listening to it multiple times.

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