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Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of the trilogy, Dr. Ransom's adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiac kingdom.

©1944 Clive Staples Lewis (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Geoffrey Howard's skilled narration keeps the listener riveted. His scholarly handling of the text minimizes characterization, while easily distinguishing the players. Howard's respect for the subject matter equals Lewis's own and entices the listener to address serious questions of temptation and morality." (AudioFile)

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Fantastic book

inspiring and edifying! paints a wonderful picture of what was l'ost and the hope of glory .

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A fascinating Christian mental exercise

Oh how I wish there were more works like this !
I used to read a lot of science fiction. I loved the more philosophical adventures. A space opera with a philosophical edge was always my favorite. But in time I got sick of being preached to by atheists. I stopped reading that stuff and have not touched it in 10 years... and do not miss it. But here, from almost a century ago is a most wonderful discovery! Wow. The complete and utter opposite of what I abandoned. Bravo Lewis!

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One of the best... my third time to read/hear!

Amazing book. Very deep in unexpected places... and then gets deeper toward the end and may need the reader to stop the recording and listen again.

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Did Not Resolve Very Well

In the typical Lewis fashion, we find in Perelandra a new, beautiful world woven with extraordinary depth and colors, but this time a story which feels in many ways wholly unconnected to its first installment in this trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet.

The picture he painted of this virgin planet is a thrill to the senses, its pleasures sparking wonder and longing for the existence of such a place and a way to enter into it - as Lewis accurately states in one of his other works is the natural response to beauty; the desire to pass into it and become part of it.

The story I cannot on the whole criticize, for it has at points many pictures well painted also, of various points of theology, and the idea of a sort of "Paradise Lost" reenacted - but the theology I cannot follow all the way through, and some of the allegory was rather hard to swallow...dare I say cheesy? Dare I say boldly close to sacrilegious?

Maybe I should leave it at saying it simply moved a little slowly, and felt a little cumbersome for Lewis.
I have to say I was let down. The buildup in the beginning was glorious, and the climax satisfying, but afterwards it sloped off so gradually and so gently that I didn't feel like things were properly resolved...

Not my favorite of his works, but I did enjoy it, so we'll see what That Hideous Strength has to offer.

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philosophic and entertaining.

I loved the way Lewis wraps up a story with Christianity. It's fun finding the references you know, and makes you wonder about which references you miss. quite enjoyable.

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A fantastic book!

This is a fantastic book. It has great insight into every day humans and is a great adventure!

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A really good book

Perelandra is a great story about conflict between good and evil and how Dr. Elwin. Ransom has to save Venus from the devil.

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Intellectually and imaginatively challenging

Perelandra follows the spirit of its predecessor in similar fashion by challenging the reader to examine the lives, culture, and spirituality of "aliens" to that of our own planet. The sin-less lives of the inhabitants of Venus is eye opening in their obedience and faith to God.

CS Lewis once again challengers the reader through fictional tales, drawing incredible parallels to our own experiences as humans on earth.

The narrator does an excellent job of reading with just enough emotion to keep the reader interested, but not take away from the text by drowning it in his own perspective.

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Thought provoking

Having read the book before, it is a pleasure to hear it again. The story is one of the most enjoyable, philosophical stories written. If you simply want entertainment, don't listen, but if you'd like to learn in addition to hearing a good story, this is one of the best.

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As always C. S. Lewus is very deep

This is a very well written story bringing up much to meditate upon regarding good and evil and the nature of God.