It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that has created in him an intense longing, a mysterious, sweet desire. John's pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media Halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, Mr. Sensible, and Mr. Humanist, and through such cities as Thrill and Eschropolis, as well as the Valley of Humiliation.
Though the dragons and giants here are different from those in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Lewis's allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say with fantasy and simplicity what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion. In Lewis's skillful hands this fable becomes as effective a Christian apologia as Bunyan's.
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"Profound and Life Changing"
I listen to this three time in a row.
It has so much depth and so many layers that reveal so much profound truths about being human, the spiritual part of being human and the nature of God. It is amazing how CS Lewis accurately captures the nature of different social beliefs and then reveals their fallacies in comparison to the spiritual truth of God’s Kingdom. It is a treasure map that takes the reader on a search of gold nuggets of truths and insights. They are hidden everywhere throughout the book and many of them can only be found by re-reading (or listening) to it again and again.
"Why havent I read this sooner"
I went through the book two and half times in one week.... If you like CS Lewis... try it out
"Great Book...Hang in there"
This book alows the listener to refect on his or her own path to salvation. The longer you listen to the book the more you enjoy it so stay tuned. The reader did a wonderful job with narration and the different character roles.
"Great short story"
It is a much more modern way of looking at our walk with God than the pilgrims progress and you don't need to know old English to understand the conversation
"Difficult to Understand"
I persevered to the end, and I have to say that this book is incredibly difficult to understand. I'm sure a thorough knowledge of historical thoughts and philosophies would be beneficial.
"Very thought provoking."
I might need to listen to this one again to catch all the nuance but it it's a very interesting read and well performed.
The narrator is incredibly good! C.S. Lewis begins very well his fiction but the book ends with rather misterious questions unanswered. The reading is incredibly rewarding and his work here is unparalleled. Totally distinct from John Bunyan's classic, but equally relevant. I believe that, in a sense, one completes the other. Buy it and listen!
"Not an Easy Book"
It is an interesting story, but not always easy to understand. Sometimes I felt I needed a translator.
This is my favorite book by C.S. Lewis. I thought Simon Vance does a great job of narrating as well!
"My girls had the abridged version of this book a required reading in fifth grade"
The accents and inflections sounded like I was listening to a play. Well done. I've listened to this book yearly for several years now.
Brilliant and captivating reading of this essential book. I didn't want to stop listening. Highly recommended.
"Fascinating.... but not an easy listen"
I don't think this has aged as well as most of Lewis' books. The reader does a great job and it's never less then fascinating, but at several times the many alagories feel a little to obscure to modern ears. We are no doubt worse educated in classics now then the average reader in the 1930's, leaving a modern listener at a massive disadvantage when it comes to disciphering what the many meaning ladden classical names and images represent. Or maybe the Oxford don in Lewis got a little carried away here, I found it hard to tell. This is a very interesting book but I can't really recommend it to anyone but Lewis fans and greek geeks.
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