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Publisher's Summary

In this, the final book in C.S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. Finding himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok, Dr. Ransom struggles with questions of ethics and morality, applying age-old wisdom to a brave new universe dominated by science. His quest for truth is a journey filled with intrigue and suspense.

©1946 Clive Staples Lewis (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Well-written, fast-paced satirical fantasy." (Time)
"Biting wit, superlatively nonsensical excitement, challenging implications." (New York Times)

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Awesome

This is my favorite enstalment of C.S. Lewis' space trilogy. Are you an adult and loved the Chronicles of Narnia? Do not miss out on the space trilogy! Without spoiling the story I'll just tell you that the story includes angels, Merlin, a seer, ancient magic, and evil scientists. Do not let the book's slow start fool you, it is a great thriller in Lewis' best style. A lot of my friends find the first few chapters very boring-- it is only fair to warn you. Still, I can not rate this book more highly. It is one of my favorite all-time books (I read a lot of British liturature.)

The reader has a wonderful voice. This audio edition is great!

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Cloning, stem cell research, psycho-chemistry.

Maybe you're all for human cloning and pushing the scientific exploitation of man as resource. You won't like this book. Lewis paints the future bleak where man is just another hunk of meat to use for some purpose. Where ever you are on the argument, you might want to read this as a pretty good exposition of the negatives that could be inherent in perceiving man as just another pile of stuff to bend to the will of... Well, that's it, isn't it. Who, exactly, gets to call the shots? Lewis achieves better narrative drive in this, the last volume of the Space Trilogy. It really does work as a pretty good thriller.

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Couldn't 'put it down'

This reading kept me short of sleep for several nights. After work I would come home and listen until I nodded off, and then take the print version to bed with me!

In 1943 the Narnia author C.S. Lewis wrote this gods-on-earth fantasy for adults, including more dimensions of characterization, plus Arthurian mythology and social analysis. 70 years ago fictional writing styles were more leisurely than today. The reader's delivery in the descriptive sections doesn't slow them down, instead it keeps the story clothed in atmospherics. I'm sure Lewis would feel pleased with Geoffrey Howard's presentation.

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Superior Book

I loved the story and the reading was done with impressive skill. Would certainly recommend along with Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, the first two books in the series.

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Wrap up to other books

Don't start with this if you haven't heard or read the 1st 2 in this trilogy. Yes, it is slow, but in the end it is rewarding, wrapping up the whole story. Even after listening to this I've come back to many of the themes of the book when listening to fiction and non-fiction (most particularly Confessions of an Economic Hitman). Not as good as some of Lewis' other works but well worth the listen if you've gotten yourself hooked with his other scifi works.

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Pretty good

This book was my least favorite in the series. It is still pretty good, but darker than the others, and a little weird. The narrator does a nice job. This series is not as fun as the Narnia series, but has more theology and Christian philosophy.

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One of Lewis's best

Great narrating and a riveting story. I've listened to it many times now and it just gets better and better.

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SHE BEGAN TO SEE PICTURES IN HER MIND

You have probably read the first two books if you are reading this. I bought all three in a sale. I was not crazy about the second book and this one even less. I find the book too boring and mystical. It is filled with lots of very descriptive writing, which some people like and some don't. If you liked book two, you will like this.

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not as good as first two

I loved this series but the last book is not worth reading In my opinion. better if the story ends with the second book.

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Classic CS Lewis style which I've come to love!

Not as good as the first book in the series but a delightful read non the less!!

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flawed genius, but still genius

If Star Wars, Xmen, Spiderman and the Alien movies are anything to go by, it hard to make a decent ?part 3?.
With this book C S Lewis takes the bold step of focusing on brand new characters and reducing Ransom, the hero of the previous books, to a mentor figure. If that wasn?t enough, it focuses on a secret society on earth and mixes in elements of Arthurian legend. It?s certainly a departure from intergalactic adventures of the previous two books and it feels disappointingly out of step with them.
Taken on it?s own merits it is certainly a gripping and contemporary story of ?the nanny state? gone mad. But it?s far from flawless. Lewis? literary mates and harshest critics the Inkings slated it for being to long and self indulgent (as it is set in the academic world which Lewis lived in). I think time has proved the Inklings right, if only in this case.
If you?ve listened to the previous books there is no way you should miss out on this one, but do be prepared for a massive change of pace.
If you are new to Lewis or his ?space trilogy? then listen to ?Out of the Silent Planet? immediately. You will be glad you did!

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