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The Great Divorce

Written by: C. S. Lewis
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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C. S. Lewis' dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.

In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven? This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C. S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil and on what God really offers us.

©1973 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Unusual and very thought provoking It was very engaging and convicting at times. Written in a very interesting fashion.

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Fantasy to Explain Reality

Lewis is a master of using fantasy to explain theology. And this particular work is referred to and respected by Christians from Catholic to Protestant to Orthodox. This is a short book but it looks deeply into what things we cling to at the cost of rejecting heaven. #Audible1

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Very different perspective on heaven and hell

#Audible1 I am adding a written review in order to get into a draw, but still an excellent book.

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A Profound and Uncanny Vision of Spiritual Reality

The most accurate illustration of the nature of heaven and hell regarding salvation. Deep, pithy, and moving words crafted by a classic master of english literature. An excellent, well executed performance by the orator. I highly recommend multiple read/listen throughs.

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  • James
  • 2017-11-30

A Thought-Provoking Allegory

As a non-Christian picking this up, I was admittedly skeptical. However, I promised myself I would keep an open mind. I was greatly rewarded. The humility with which Lewis recounts or constructs this dream sequence/Christian allegory won me over. I took away several lessons. Proceed in humility. Don't cling to petty, ultimately inconsequential bull shit. Trust in the mysterious power of light over darkness, joy over misery. All evil is a distortion of ultimately good, life-giving things. Any attempt to explain eternity and experiences of the eternal through the lens and language of time will not even come close to doing it justice. Even so, we should still attempt to have those glimpses and try to explain them. Don't commit the sin of certainty. Above all, keep eyes and ears and senses open to experiencing the divine within the everyday...

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  • JSK
  • 2017-07-17

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Of the 100 or so titles I have heard on Audible, this production of The Great Divorce is one of the best. The narration was superb with pleasant pace, tone, and diction. Mr. Rhind-Tutt masterfully spoke for the many characters, each with their own distinct voice. C.S. Lewis is a wonderful author and this is one of his most beautiful stories.

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  • Paul Moreau
  • 2017-05-16

Loved this book

Listened to this all the way through. Absolutely beautiful portrayal of our inability to let go of this world. Made me swallow hard and think harder. One to pass on through the ages.

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  • Richard Ferris
  • 2015-07-09

A wonderful narration of this title!

I have read this book a few times in my life. However listening to the narrator with voice inflections and different voices for the characters made me appreciate this story on a much deeper level!

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  • Austin
  • 2015-02-25

Wow..

This is the most beautiful story I've ever heard. I started this book and went for a walk and couldn't come home this evening and fear of falling asleep before I could finish it. CS Lewis really outdid himself with the story

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2016-07-10

My Favorite CS Lewis Work

The Great Divorce is a short novel about heaven and hell. It is not meant as a theological work, but rather a tale of a dream. Still, it is a masterpiece of irony, perception and of human folly.

I listened to it in a sitting, and relistened again. Suppose those souls in hell are free to leave at anytime? After spending many years in the torment of hell, will they freely choose to abandon that existance for an eternity of joy and bliss? Apparently most would indeed choose hell. Even when they have loved ones from heaven seek patiently and tirelessly to help them leave hell, they choose misery.

In the past year I have lost two loved ones. The Great Divorce is more than a great comffort, it inspires me to view life with a different perspective.

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  • Michelle Pierce
  • 2014-08-22

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What did you love best about The Great Divorce?

This is an intersting take on why people choose not to believe or what in their psyche prevents them from being able to believe.

What other book might you compare The Great Divorce to and why?

This one stands on its own.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene with the selfish mother who distorts something as beautiful as love for her son into something evil.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the lizard was destroyed, the description of the awakening was amazing!

Any additional comments?

I've read this book 3 times now. It's truly amazing.

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  • Will
  • 2017-05-16

didn't like the narrator

personally not a fan of the narration. it's a bit hard to listen to as a result.

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  • Mary
  • 2017-02-15

One of my favorites.

I love this book. I always revisit it from time to time. Never gets old.

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  • Brittany
  • 2017-01-13

Excellent narrator

Excellent book. But what really made this book great to listen to was the narrator. He captured each character perfectly with his voice.

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