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4.07888888888889 out of 54.07888888888889 out of 54.07888888888889 out of 54.07888888888889 out of 54.07888888888889 out of 5 4.08 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Space Trilogy Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455176625
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Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy (also known as the Cosmic or Space Trilogy), which is considered his chief contribution to science fiction. A planetary romance with elements of medieval mythology, the trilogy concerns Dr. Elwin Ransom, a professor of philology who, like Christ, is offered as a ransom for mankind. On a walking tour of the English countryside, Ransom falls in with some slightly shady characters from his old university and wakes up to find himself naked in a metal ball in the middle of the light-filled heavens. He learns that he is on his way to a world called Malacandra by its natives, who call our world Thulcandra, the silent planet. The Malacandrans see planets as having tutelary spirits; those of the other planets are good and accessible, but Earth’s is fallen and twisted. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book has real splendor, compelling moments, and a flowing narrative.”

    New York Times

  • “Adventure beyond our Earth—beautifully colored and shaped.”

    Times (London)

  • “A delightful fantasy.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “[Cosham’s] tenor voice never stumbles with Lewis’ formal syntax or the invented alien language of the inhabitants of Malacandra. The story…has deeper meaning but is also compelling on its own.”

    AudioFile

  • “This version of the SF novel should bring a new generation of readers and listeners to Lewis’ classic works.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 6/2/2011

    " As always, CS Lewis writes amazing stuff. I really got into all three books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenton | 5/10/2011

    " great metaphors and a very intense story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/28/2011

    " These are my favorite C.S.Lewis books. The writing is rich, the critique of materialism is brilliant, and the weaving of the stories are just brilliant hands down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 4/23/2011

    " This is my all-time favourite read (besides Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials). The entire trilogy is pure fantasy awesomeness. This is a series I re-read every couple of years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 3/18/2011

    " I'm a sucker for trilogies, and this stands as my favorite to date. It combines sci-fi and philosophy, two of my favorite things which happen to be Clive Staple's strengths. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/14/2011

    " Didn't like it enough to finish listening too it. Too many other books I want to read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 3/12/2011

    " my favorite Lewis. i have read all three a number of times and get something new each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/5/2011

    " Probably should re-read as although I enjoyed these 3 books, I did read them at a very young age and thus had difficulty understanding them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 1/28/2011

    " I hated the last book in the trilogy; it wasn't very good. The first two were fairly interesting though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jstrick | 1/26/2011

    " A great Science Fiction trilogy by Lewis. Book 2 is my favorite, but there isn't much that I don't like about any of these books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 1/4/2011

    " CSL at his wordiest. Beloved by millions, but my wife and I weren't fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 1/3/2011

    " I read these when I was young as well. Really remember liking them and want to reread them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 12/27/2010

    " Superb! A great "adult" version of the Chronicles of Narnia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/10/2010

    " I would like to read them again. The first time through was in high school and they didn't make much sense to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2010

    " Profound, thought provoking, its C.S. Lewis, what more can you say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 11/9/2010

    " This collection really gets your imagination going. Amazing description throughout! "

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About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.