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Out of the Silent Planet

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: C.S. Lewis

Narrated By: Geoffrey Howard

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2007

Duration: 5 hours 28 minutes

Summary:

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel from Lewis's Space Trilogy, (also called the Cosmic Trilogy and the Ransom Trilogy,) considered to be his chief contribution to the science-fiction genre. A planetary romance with elements of medieval mythology, the trilogy concerns Dr. Ransom, a linguist who, like Christ, is offered as a ransom for mankind. On a walking tour of the English countryside, Ransom falls in with some slightly shady characters from his old University and wakes up suddenly to find himself naked in a metal ball in the middle of the light-filled heavens. He learns that he is on his way to a world called Malacandra by its natives, who also call our world Thulcandra...the Silent Planet. The Malacandrans see planets as having a tutelary spirit: those of the other planets are good and accessible, but that of Earth is fallen and twisted.

"This version of the SF novel should bring a new generation of readers and listeners to Lewis's classic works."-KLIATT

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  • Jshoke W.

    Firstly, I love C S Lewis's interpretation of celestial and angelic beings. Calling Space 'Heavens' is thought provoking. I do like the 'old' English writing style. I think today we loose much in our lack of patience of words. So saying, I think there is much that could be added to the story to replace story lines that seem to drag. The Narrator makes me to want to sleep. A bit too monotone in cadence for me.

  • Ian M

    The Space Trilogy is an great under appreciated work of our time. Out of the Silent Plant is an excellent piece of fiction by CS Lewis. Lewis provides a rich and colorful setting for a to rival First Men In the Moon or Princess of Mars. This book is both familiar in theme and surprising in it's originality. This story reaches high into elevated subject matter with a powerful depiction of new species not yet seen in science fiction of fantasy. You'll soon find yourself falling in love with his alien species. Lewis does an excellent job writing a story in that genre that fuses Science fiction and fantasy, but this also bring's Lewis's extremely rare ability to expound on rarified themes in a fresh and clear way.