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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

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"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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Truly Christian science fiction

Lewis paints with emotions and all the senses, like the master painters of the renaissance. True science fiction, given the science of his day; his created world is complete, if simple. His plot emerges gradually, becoming clear late in the narrative. I never expected to hear such a meld of Christian and cosmological themes.

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A masterpiece

Would you listen to Perelandra again? Why?

An incredibly inspiring and creative story that both captured my imagination and caused me to think deeply about life as we know it in this fallen world.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Most Enjoyable

If you could sum up Perelandra in three words, what would they be?

History of Man

What other book might you compare Perelandra to and why?

Out of the Silent Planet
That Hideous Strength

What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

Easy to understand. Great character inflection without over doing it.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Adam
  • CARY, NC, United States
  • 03-05-12

Deepens Understanding

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Ransom's inner struggles of self doubt and fear really do capture the experience of many who long to live a Christian life. God has called us to great things. We are the means of His work on Earth and a chosen part of His purposes, and yet we think that the powers of darkness will overtake us. He has given us the truth, and we walk around as if we have nothing to offer in the debates and lies crowding the minds of men. In the end, we are more than conquerers and our fate is known to us - if only we believe Him and stand against the enemy.

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The Garden, but in our time.

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

Absolutely. Lewis explains spiritual ideas in a way I have never heard before. It's like God gave him a special gift that he acknowledged and pursued to the fullest extent.

What did you like best about this story?

It's so vivid yet so unlike anything any of us have ever seen with our own eyes. He paints it like we have always know it.

What about Geoffrey Howard’s performance did you like?

He had to go back and forth between a few characters and the shift was clean and appropriate.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when he went into the cave. How can you explain something like that?

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You Won't to Stop Listening

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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  • kathy
  • Richardson, TX, United States
  • 12-19-11

Feel like C.S. Lewis is reading it to us...

Nice touch using someone with a British accent to narrate! This has been great to listen to on my iPod!

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 11-17-10

Surprised

I am not sure what I exptected but this is a great listen. It helped me understand what Eve must have been like in the garden.

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  • Herman
  • PretoriaSouth Africa
  • 01-24-10

Fantastic Supposal

Lewis' imagination takes you to a parallel world and supposes what would happen if man did not fall. He does this with a splendid blend of sci-fi and illustrated christian life.

It would be fantastic to see this made as a movie with the Avatar technology set.
This is without a doubt one of my favorite novels by Lewis along with That Hideous Strength.

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deep knowledge following deep magic...

Sad that the book ended...it is uthe sadness of bidding farewell to a beloved friend...

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