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The Four Loves Audiobook

The Four Loves

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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

But instead of giving us a dry, theological treatise, Lewis makes the subject extremely personal and practical by showing us how easily natural loves can go wrong and pollute our relationships. He shows that what we often tend to excuse as natural behavior is really selfish and destructive.

Lewis exposes these pitfalls in our loves in order to lead us to the solution, Godlike agape love that God has for men and women and the kind we must develop and nurture in our relationships.

As in his writing, Lewis doesn�t merely tell, he shows these loves in action with vivid and often humorous illustrations. The images are so realistically drawn and so alive you are sure to recognize someone you know or live with, or maybe even yourself.

© and (P)1970, 1982, 1994, 2004 by The Episcopal Media Center

What the Critics Say

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)

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    George B 05-15-17
    George B 05-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Lewis himself"

    enjoyed hearing this classic in C.S. Lewis' voice . Excellent analogies and rich descriptive language.

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    Jessie-May Ventour 04-10-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A precious recording"

    This mini-dissertation by C.S. Lewis is required listening for any person -- whether or not they subscribe to Christianity. I think many of us would have fewer broken relationships on the whole (and hearts especially), if we had been taught this info. Love is multidimensional because we are, and those with whom we live and interact and love most certainly are as well. A recipe for disaster at times? Perhaps. But definitely a key to a richer and well-loved life...

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    Rasmus 04-09-17
    Rasmus 04-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting"

    This book was very interesting. The book gave me a lot of insight into what love is and how the different types of love works and can misrepresent true love. Would recommend.

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    Hugh Hubble 03-11-17
    Hugh Hubble 03-11-17

    Love to read but these old eyes need a break now and then, so I am trying Audible. I can read faster though...

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    What did you love best about The Four Loves?

    The types of love defined presented so thoroughly but simply.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    C.S. Lewis, of course.


    What does C.S. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That rich baritone voice!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    When he ends with what this all means- the essence of all love, God in his omnipotence.


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    lucia robles 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational"

    I just learned about CS Lewis and I'm very happy I did and I love his teaching

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    Sven 01-26-17
    Sven 01-26-17
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    "Good lecture"

    Not sure sure I liked the commentary between the parts, but good overall. I enjoyed listening to C. S. Lewis. What a treat to hear his recording.

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    mark 01-21-17
    mark 01-21-17
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    "Profoundly Insightful"

    Lewis' explanatory power when it comes to dividing love into its proper categories is quite impressive. The 2 hours it takes to read this book will be time well spent.

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    Boyd Tschaggeny 11-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm an electrical engineer who looks like Conan and has a flair for business. I'm nostagic for FF7 and Pokemon... and Salsa Verde Doritos.

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book was written as a lecture to an audience that is familiar already with the general concepts. I'd have written this as a book to discuss these topics with a varied group of people.


    Would you recommend The Four Loves to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend 'The Four Loves' to anyone looking to better understand their personal motivations.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration matched the pace of the story.


    Did The Four Loves inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspired me to consider how to best love a woman.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this lecture if you are interested in C.S. Lewis.

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    Bryce 10-18-16
    Bryce 10-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love is many things to many people"

    I love that mind he has to plainly state the overlooked practicality of love as outlined by life and backed by Biblical theology. He uncovers for us simple folks where we might falter when thinking and living out love in everyday life. Great book for remembering how to live others more appropriately.

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    Mellie Smith 09-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "In His Voice"
    If you could sum up The Four Loves in three words, what would they be?

    How I wish we had more of Lewis's books In His Voice. Like most Englishmen, he speaks low and without much variation so he sounds dull to the American ear. But once the American ear actually listens to him, whole rooms open up in the mind and imagination! His understated style makes his humor that much more delightful. Chuck Coulson's cloying, and completely unnecessary, introductions are useful only as contrast to the Professor's clear, concise, and insightful lessons...skip them, they say nothing that Lewis doesn't say better, and without sappy condescension.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lewis is always worth listening to/reading. The Four Loves, however, has so much solid insight, instantly applicable to one's life while also food for much thought. It is a double value!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite section is the one on Eros. Our culture is so very wrong, on so many levels, about this kind of love, and the resulting heartache and disappointment is so unnecessary. A little time spent listening to Lewis unravel the rat's nest we've made of love could correct expectations and lead to much more satisfying relationships.


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

    I listen to this series of lectures often, while painting, cooking, driving, doing computer games. Every time I find some new insight that I missed earlier. I recommend all of his writings - they are good food for the brain and fertile soil for the soul.


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