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2.99976869699306 out of 52.99976869699306 out of 52.99976869699306 out of 52.99976869699306 out of 52.99976869699306 out of 5 3.00 (12,970 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: June 2009 ISBN: 9781455176649
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This is the final book of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A classic work of fantasy as much for the wonder of its storytelling as for its insights into the human condition, the trilogy stages an epic battle between forces of light and darkness across a canvas of other worlds.

In That Hideous Strength, the brave philologist Dr. Ransom (modeled after Lewis’ friend J. R. R. Tolkien) finds himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok. There is a rumor that the powerful wizard Merlin has returned to the world of the living, and a sinister technocratic organization plans to use his power in their plot to “recondition” society. Ransom’s fight for moral wisdom in a brave new universe dominated by science is a quest filled with intrigue and suspense. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Biting wit, superlatively nonsensical excitement, challenging implications.”

    New York Times

  • “Well-written, fast-paced satirical fantasy.”

    Time

  • “In his usual polished prose, the author creates an elaborate satiric picture of a war between morality and devilry.”

    New Yorker

  • “An extravagant mingling of dream and realism…Excellent and thrilling reading.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “No one in the least susceptible to Mr. Lewis’ conjurations…can drop the book at all.”

    Saturday Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Makenzie | 2/3/2014

    " It has been a couple of years since I read this book, so some of the plot details have escaped my mind. What hasn't escaped my mind is the nightmare-inducing imagery that fills this novel. Lewis has a such gift for describing the grotesque! While I can't see these books being made into movies, there are some passages in this work and in Perelandra that would lend themselves so well to film, simply because of the terror they would incite from the viewer. But then again, those images probably would not be as terrible if they existed in realms other than the written word. Must re-read soon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lane Morris | 1/27/2014

    " This is #1 on my list of favorites. Of course, you will want to read the two preceeding books in the Space Trilogy, but this is an epic tale of good vs. evil, and sacrifice vs. selfishness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/17/2014

    " Very different from the first two books in the series. I thought it was faster-paced with more fleshed out characters. Liked it, but like the first two books it will not go down as a favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/6/2013

    " Hey, at least I was honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avonlea | 12/1/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this trilogy. It was a bit like reading "Screwtape Letters" again. I think Lewis is brillant in how he is able to show us the tactics that the "Dark Side" uses again us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/1/2013

    " Weird. Philosophical. Interesting. Tough to read. Wondering where humanity is headed now, 100 years later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 12/1/2013

    " Loved it. The whole Space Trilogy was amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 10/17/2013

    " heaviest of the space trilogy. a little long towards the end. still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Hoover | 10/1/2013

    " The conclusion to Lewis's science-fiction series. A great read! :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline Stone | 9/3/2013

    " I started reading this book in "08, but I didn't really understand it, so I plan on picking it back up later on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Red | 8/16/2013

    " I loved the first two books, but one word troubled me as I tried to get into the third. And that word was 'Merlin'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Norah Jones | 5/17/2013

    " This book gives me courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/11/2013

    " It's such a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/7/2013

    " It wasn't my favorite Lewis book but I would LOVE to hear from anyone else who enjoyed the book. There are some parts that I need to discuss further with someone else in order to gain full appreciation of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mr. chad | 11/25/2012

    " viva la clive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Bleuel | 11/14/2012

    " Lewis' typical failings apply, and then some, but this is still a powerful, impressive piece. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 10/20/2011

    " NOTHING like the first two books. About Communism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 10/15/2011

    " Read the trilogy. "

  • 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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