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That Hideous Strength

Ransom Trilogy, Book 3
Written by: C.S. Lewis
Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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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.

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What the critics say

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

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Riveting read or should I say listening

Mr Howard, the narrator, has done better than the voices in my head of the many characters in the story.
Mr. Lewis is at his literary best in weaving this climactic final tale in his sci-fi trilogy. I was fully drawn in.

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  • Stephanie
  • 2007-06-10

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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  • Larry
  • Prairie Village, KS USA
  • 2005-12-24

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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  • Joy
  • 2012-01-27

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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  • David
  • TALBOTT, TN, United States
  • 2013-01-02

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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  • Marie
  • WASHINGTON, DC, United States
  • 2011-03-20

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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  • Bryan
  • 2008-12-31

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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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-01-16

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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  • Spacegrl
  • 2015-11-04

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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  • Seth
  • 2015-10-20

Great book

Great finish to the series. Paralandra is my favorite but this ties the other two really well.

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  • Robert
  • 2015-09-22

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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