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....
C. S. Lewis reworks the timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction in this novel about the struggle between sacred and profane love....
The first book written by C.S. Lewis after his conversion, The Pilgrim's Regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction....
In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity....
C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man....
In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century....
Why must we suffer? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue....
A young man named Anodos experiences dream like adventures in Fairy Land, where he meets tree spirits, endures the presence of the overwhelming shadow...
This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time....
Selected from sermons delivered during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt....
C.S. Lewis shares his ruminations on both the form and the meaning of selected psalms....
Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free....
Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man remains one of C. S. Lewis's most controversial works....
C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways....
One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide....
"The central miracle asserted by Christians is the Incarnation. They say that God became Man. Every other miracle prepares the way for this, or results from this"....
From author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, Martin Luther, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation....
Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire....
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.
"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)
In contrast to the scoring by other reviewers, I felt that this was the strongest book in what is commonly known as "The Space Trilogy". Lewis' examination of the nature of temptation is truly fascinating as we consider how someone who may not fully realize the ramifications of disobedience can be easily misled by a clever tempter.
One of the strongest images that remains with me after listening to this book is the portrayal of Satan. One comes away with a greater understand of the hideous joy he derives from torturing, deceiving and harming creation after reading some rather grotesque scenes within the book.
Although the book does start slow (which is the case in all 3 books in the trilogy), it is a VERY worthy read and has become one of my favorites among Lewis' works of fiction. IMHO it ranks up there with "The Great Divorce" as one of Lewis' best.
The Narrator is also SUPERB!
38 of 40 people found this review helpful
I have listened to about 40 audio books and this one has pushed me to write a review.
I have never met a more insidious creature as one found in Perelandra. The "unman" character will chill you to the bone. He is worth meeting.
Lewis has the gift of building complex concepts residually for even the most ubiquitous experience so that sentence after sentence you find yourself understanding some concept through so many angles and metaphors that you will be surprised that your mind can even hold that much at one time.
Do not worry about book 1 and 3 of the series. They are not as good.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
YOU MAKE ME OLDER MORE QUICKLY THAN I CAN BARE
This is one of those books were people say, "I don't normally read this kind of book, but I liked this one." That means it is not for the normal Sci-Fi Lover. This has lots of flowery descriptions. This is either too deep for me or it is a poser.
I WAS YOUNG YESTERDAY
26 of 32 people found this review helpful
Perelandra is the second volume of C.S. Lewis’s SPACE TRILOGY and I liked it even better than Out of the Silent Planet, its predecessor. Cambridge professor Dr. Elwin Ransom is back on Earth and has told his friend Lewis about the adventures he had on the planet Mars and the supernatural beings he met there. When Ransom explains that there’s an epic battle between good and evil, that the planet Venus is about to play an important part, and that he’s been called to Venus to do some unknown task, Lewis begins to worry about his friend. Yet he decides to help him get to Venus anyway, so Ransom goes and eventually returns to tell his tale, which Lewis has transcribed for us.
Venus is gorgeous — a lush conglomerate of archipelagos where the land floats on top of the water, so that walking on it is like walking on a waterbed. The sky is full of stunning colors that Ransom has never seen before; exotic trees delight the eye and yield delicious fruit. Other than the strange but friendly animals, Ransom seems to be alone in this world — until he sees a beautiful naked woman waving from a neighboring island. When he finally meets her, he discovers that evil lurks in this seemingly perfect world.
If you were able to ignore the Christian allegory in Out of the Silent Planet, you won’t be able to do so in Perelandra — it’s a parallel version of humanity’s awakening in the Garden of Eden and Eve’s temptation to sin. Evil is trying to gain a foothold and Ransom suddenly realizes what it would mean to bring “the knowledge of good and evil” into a sinless paradise. Ransom discovers that the Biblical admonition to resist temptation may be a spiritual truth on Earth, but at this time on Venus it’s a real physical battle and he has been sent to fight it, both with words and fists.
C.S. Lewis, a lover of words and mythology, writes beautifully about the alien paradise of Venus and the possibility that what is myth in one world might be truth in another. He also has much to say about good and evil, sin and obedience, madness and sanity, loneliness and companionship, science and the supernatural, predestination and free will, the nature of God and man, and humanity’s purpose in the universe. Some readers will accuse Lewis of preachiness, I’m sure, and that’s something that usually annoys me, but though Ransom’s introspections go on a little too long, I found it impossible to resist the beauty, logic, and concision of his philosophizing.
I listened to Geoffrey Howard narrate Blackstone Audio’s version of Perelandra which is just under 8 hours long. Mr. Howard narrates rather than performs the story, which I think is suitable. I’ll certainly be listening to him read the concluding volume: That Hideous Strength.
Originally posted at FanLit.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
Perelandra is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis books. Even though it is the second book in a trilogy, I think it stands on it's own merits as a great work. I read it before reading the other two books in the trilogy. Perelandra will cause you to pause and think about your own existence as Lewis examines the struggle between good and evil at the dawn of creation. This is a must read.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
This book was my favorite in the series. It is something of a speculative account of what might have happened in Eden under different circumstances. I've listened to it twice now, and recommend it for any Christian. The story line has a lot of great thought provoking material on pleasure, obedience, self deception, spiritual warfare, God's sovereignty and man's choices, and many other topics. A lot of it comes in dialog between the Lady, Ransom, and Weston. The narrator does a nice job. The book is engaging and well written, though a little dated, because it was pretty early for SciFi. This series is not as fun as the Narnia series, but has more theology and Christian philosophy. It was sometimes challenging to think about what Lewis was teaching at the same time as following the story, but well worth it.
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Where does Perelandra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Tied for the best.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's not a character-based story, so this is a tough question. If pressed, I'd say the green woman of Venus, who represents pre-fall/pre-sin humanity. A fantastically beautiful depiction of what was, could, and ought to be--but unfortunately isn't status quo.
Have you listened to any of Geoffrey Howard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Very similar to his reading of Out of the Silent Planet (the first of this "space trilogy").
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I chuckled at parts, felt heartbreak and nearly teared up at parts, but mostly was engrossed in awe.
Any additional comments?
C. S. Lewis is a more than competent allegorical storyteller. Read his works and be changed.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Perelandra to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version. It's possible that some of the philosophical arguments would be easier to follow in print but it's also possible that some people would prefer to skip them entirely.
What did you like best about this story?
It's a science fiction version Garden of Eden. The descriptions of a completely imagined planet including flora and fauna were astounding. Does god WANT our disobedience?
What about Geoffrey Howard???s performance did you like?
Geoffrey Howard's performance was clear,precise and fascinating.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Lewis tells a fair yarn but the interesting thing is his thinking on the state of Man in the universe. If your looking for escapist fiction, this isn't it. The science is half baked and the dialogue contrived. The ideas, however, are worth pondering.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
The second in this series Lewis decides to get serious. While spinning a great and imaginative story he delves into the Garden of Eden. How was Eve tempted, what was it like for Eve, What did she think after seeing herself for the first time in a mirror. Of course the story actually takes place on Venus, but all the illusions are there. In my opion only CS Lewis can get into the mind of Satan better than anyone. A fantastic story on every level,
3 of 5 people found this review helpful