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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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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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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.

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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.