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Publisher's Summary

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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Beautiful Story and Eloquent Reading

I loved the book and the beautiful core of Godliness and hope for each man, woman and all of God's creatures.

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A Work of Art

Even better than the first book in the series, and one of my overall favorites by C.S. Lewis. What a mind-expanding experience.

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Excellent narration.

Geoffrey Howard's style is very similar to CSL's speaking style. Re the book itself, the writing style is the opposite of that in the Narnia nooks. Instead of telling a story that reaches a moral, CSL uses the story yo frame the conversations that teach the moral.

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Excellent Work!

How wonderful to find the series I literally "wore out" twice available in this format

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faith & cience fiction, rolled into one.

Great performance of a story of interplanetary travel written before man landed on the moon. A new twist on a medieval morality tale done well.

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  • BruceB
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • 05-07-15

My favorite story with a REAL happy ending

If you need a book to bring you encouragement and hope in the Risen King, this is it!

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Amazing prospective.

Such a beautiful series, deep and reflective. The story and dialogue are rich and offer a new an fresh prospective to an ancient truth. I really enjoyed the book and loved talking about it with friends.

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Their is more than one reader.

It skips between two different people who read. it can be a little strange but it takes no time to get used to.

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  • paul
  • Port Huron, MI, United States
  • 08-06-12

This is no schoolboy vision of our faith.

Would you consider the audio edition of Perelandra to be better than the print version?

Yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

God is my favorite character. Even though Lewis doesn't render Him overtly, the story contains a vision of how God intended things to be. It would be impossible not to love Him if we understood Him the way Lewis did.

What does Geoffrey Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Howard has the whole range of intangibles that separate mediocre readers from very good ones. He can carry the tone and mood of each situation without making himself the object in place of the text.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This is a masterful novel. Those of us who were raised in the Christian faith often find that we begin with a "Jesus Loves Me" kind of understanding of Christianity. When we outgrow that understanding, we need a deeper, more personal knowledge of God. Thank God for C.S. Lewis. I hesitated to read this series at first because, having read the Narnia books, I was afraid these wouldn't be satisfying to adults. They are. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They surpass my own grasp of Christianity and leave me "older" in the faith with many new, profound things to take back to the Bible. Read Lewis. Deepen your faith.

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  • Jane
  • Tomball, TX, United States
  • 07-23-12

Enteraining and thought provoking.

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

Yes, I would most certainly recommend to a friend. Although, C.S. Lewis is best known for his essay works and Narnia, his science fiction saga is almost as enlightening, is thought provoking and very entertaining. He was a brilliant thinker and writer.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A war between good and evil, Godliness versus Godlessness.

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