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The Four Loves

Written by: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: C. S. Lewis
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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The remarkable audio edition of C.S. Lewis' beloved classic is the only existing recording of Lewis reading his own work. With penetrating logic and winsome wit, he explores the four aspects of love: storge (affection), philia (friendship), eros (sexual love), and agape (selfless love). Lewis exposes the pitfalls in our loves, leading us to the agape love that God has for men and women and the kind we must develop to nurture our relationships.

Discussion questions available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©1960 C. S. Lewis (P)1970, 1982, 1994, 2004 The Episcopal Media Center

What the critics say

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)

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  • William
  • 2005-01-30

Insightful Views on Love

It is a great treat to hear Lewis' voice. But be aware that this is not the exact same material as his book that bears the same title. Rather it is from a series of radio broadcasts prior to the publication of the book.
The material is still very insightful, even though the book itself contain additional material.

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  • Allison B
  • 2008-12-14

Hearing this book in his own voice was incredible.

CS Lewis is such a profound thinker, and his insight into the types of love and how they grow or fail is so perceptive. While the reading isn't up-tempo or fast paced, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Lewis himself reading this. It was more like having your grandfather give you really great insight into a matter than hearing a motivational speaker talk about it, and this seemed to make it more tangible.

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  • James
  • 2013-01-04

Lewis's Own Voice: an Acquired Taste

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C. S. Lewis is my favorite author, but I was almost horror-stricken the first time I heard his voice. He sounded to me like he was looking down his nose, and unfriendly. But I kept listening, mostly out of sheer novelty. And now, all sorts of qualties, tones, colors, nuances, and inflections have settled in and I find that not only do I enjoy his voice, but I almost can't understand how I had such an aversion to it. I think there's just been a lot lost in the lecture manner of 1950's Oxford/Cambridge, until what was excellent, clear, and forceful once comes off as cold and affected now. But in his day, nobody packed the house for lectures like Lewis. And it wasn't just his ideas, but his voice they loved. There are many accounts of this. So, if you are turned off at first, keep going and see if you don't end up loving it.I know, by the way, that this wasn't just a matter of "getting used to it" or forcing myself to like it because I like Lewis. Because I tried to apply the same acclimation to a particularly obnoxious narrator who happened to perform my favorite novel of all time. But try as I might, I couldn't take the guy.Lastly, if you find the commentary (I believe it's Dobson, but I could be wrong) before each of the loves to be jarring - as I did - you can order a CD version of these recordings plus two other CD's of Lewis reading a paper on The Pilgrim's Progress and a longish paper he wrote when he took his position at Cambridge, all for 20 bucks from the folks at Episcopal Media Center. They call the collection "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind." In addition to the extra material, the Four Loves recordings are presented without commentary. (I hope Audible doesn't mind my plugging their version here, but Audible doesn't have those other recordings available.) Just google "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind" and it'll pop right up.

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  • Carpiesong
  • 2011-06-08

C.S. Lewis read by C.S. Lewis

This is an amazing piece. Considering it was recorded over 50 years ago, the quality is pretty good. I highly recommend it.

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  • Zachary
  • 2015-08-29

I LOVE C.S. Lewis!

Being able to hear my favorite author was truly a treat for me! I have already listened to this recording several times and I get something new from it each time. C.S. Lewis puts a concept that has been convoluted and scrambled for so long into such beautiful terms that it is nearly impossible to not understand at least one part of loves spectrum.

Personally, I would be ok without Chuck Coulson's input during the section breaks... But other than that I absolutely
Love this audiobook.

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  • Debra
  • 2017-10-21

A classic. Lewis reading Lewis

Thanks for preserving for us this classic recording of insight into how we truly love and must love as we grow in Christian maturity.

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  • Linda Stevens
  • 2016-03-03

Fascinating

I had to listen to this more than once to get all the nuances of Lewis speaking. That said, it is very applicable to everyday life. A clear understanding of the concepts of love and how they are portrayed in daily life

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  • Craig
  • 2014-03-23

Not His Best Book, But Great Hearing Lewis' Voice

What made the experience of listening to The Four Loves the most enjoyable?

Hearing Lewis read the book himself!

What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

I really can't think of one at the moment.

What does C.S. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, hearing Lewis read the book himself.

What did you learn from The Four Loves that you would use in your daily life?

Finding different ways to love.

Any additional comments?

As a Classical Greek minor, I was a little disappointed that Lewis (a Greek scholar himself) only discussed four words for love in Greek. There are at least seven that I'm aware of. Despite this flaw, however, I highly recommend this audiobook, even though I'm an Atheist. :)

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  • BenQ
  • 2009-02-18

Must read book on love

This book by Lewis unpacks what love is. And how cool to hear his voice as he reads this book.

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  • Angel R. Hinkle
  • 2015-11-23

No introduction needed!

The introduction before the book starts is so drawn out and adds nothing to the experience except annoyance. Skip ahead seven minutes to avoid that ridiculousness.
Hearing C.S. Lewis read it aloud is great. I liked it very much!

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