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  • Out of the Silent Planet

  • Ransom Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Out of the Silent Planet

Written by: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
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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. The trilogy concerns Dr. Ransom, a linguist, who, like Christ, was offered a ransom for mankind. The first two novels are planetary romances with elements of medieval mythology. Each planet is seen as having a tutelary spirit; those of the other planets are both good and accessible, while that of Earth is fallen, twisted, and not known directly by most humans. The story is powerfully imagined, and the effects of lesser gravity on Martian planet and animal life is vividly rendered.

©1938, 1944, 1945 by C.S. Lewis Pte Ltd. (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the critics say

"A delightful fantasy." (New York Herald Tribune)

 "C.S. Lewis...is a master of fantasy." (Saturday Review

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One of my favourite stories

One of my favourite books read to me by my parents growing up. It was a treat listening to it again and brought back so many memories. Great author and wonderful narrator! Now for the next one in the series....

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Complete Package

I love this series, some of his best work and somewhat overshadowed by his other work. Wish they would make these movies. And Ralph Cosham IS the voice of CS Lewis, his narration is perfect.

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Awe and wonder

I admit when I downloaded this title I did not realize the author was CS Lewis. As the story progressed, I found it reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels but with a less cynical, more open-hearted approach.
Naturally, it is highly allegorical, but gently and poetically so.
The ending of the penultimate chapter was … very Douglas Adams in tone. I wonder if he ever read this (I’m sure he did).
The narrator is perfectly suited to the text - gentle, restrained, and speaking in a voice of awe and wonder.

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Great story, good performance

Kind of science fiction, kind of allegory. I’m sure there’s a lot that I didn’t understand, that I didn’t realize was allegorical, but I got some of it. Lewis was such a deep thinker—and a great storyteller. This book isn’t the least bit boring.

A British professor is kidnapped and brought to another planet to be given for a human sacrifice—he thinks. But he meets one of the creatures who live there and learns some of its language. They are kind and gentle. But there are two other races living there (besides animals species); are they gentle too?

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An interesting interpretation of life

A great story told by Lewis about his interpretation of the world and where the human species was heading if they maintained their course

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silent planet

This is the first book I've read by C.S. Lewis other than the Narnia books. This one was good too. I was surprised which planet was the silent planet.

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So good

Great reader. Fascinating story. Enjoyable short fiction story. I will be looking into CS Lewis’ other sci-fi works as a result.

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Awesome

This was always one of my favourite novels by Lewis. Amazing descriptions. The narration was excellent.

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another masterpiece

what A world that man could paint. beautiful, and captivating from start to finish. excellent narration

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Times never change.

A master piece from C.S. Lewis. Great depth of meaning within layers upon layers.

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