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Perelandra Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,160 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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Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, Dr. Ransom’s adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiacal kingdom. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order, or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable.”

    New York Times

  • “A powerful, discriminating and poetic mind, great learning, startling wit, an overwhelming imagination.”

    Saturday Review

  • “Writing of the highest order. Perelandra is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.”


  • “[Ralph Cosham’s] skilled narration keeps the listener riveted. His scholarly handling of the text minimizes characterization, while easily distinguishing the players. [Cosham’s] respect for the subject matter equals Lewis’ own and entices the listener to address serious questions of temptation and morality.”


  • “[Ralph Cosham] provides a lively narration about the pleasure planet.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Sue Davis | 2/17/2014

    " Didn't understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jaclyn | 2/12/2014

    " Excellent writing. Provocative ideas, dark at times. Mind-spinning, paradigm shifting, soul-searching... Lewis asks the questions we've all asked about the universe, the human mind and condition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Chris | 2/7/2014

    " This book is a literary masterpiece. I read this book for simply a good read, but I have never been so spiritually inspired by a book in my life. As I finished this book, I closed it in tears from the magnitude fo the story. This is currently my favorite book of all time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Don Gubler | 2/6/2014

    " Because it is C.S. Lewis there are some interesting philosophical and theological insights. "

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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. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.