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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Ralph Cosha Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Space Trilogy Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Paul | 12/6/2013

    " Hey, at least I was honest. "

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