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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (2 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:
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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.”


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


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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