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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: C. S. Lewis, Charles Colson Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780849963728
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In his classic book The Four Loves, Lewis describes the four basic kinds of human love—affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Since this is the only commercial recording of C. S. Lewis that is available today, fans of his writing will desire to add this impressive recording to their collection.

While Lewis's writings have impacted more evangelical Christians than perhaps any other writer, this audio product of the author's reading of this classic book will undoubtedly expand the theological understanding of the nature of love to a much wider audience. He explores the love between parents and children, the love of friends, the love of men and women for each other, and the love of God that may enrich all love. He also goes in-depth into questions of sex, possessiveness, jealousy, pride, false sentimentality, manners in loving, and the need for more laughter between lovers.

Lewis's wise and candid reflections on the virtues and dangers of love draw on sources from Jane Austen to Saint Augustine.

This recording features an audio introduction and commentary by Chuck Colson.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope Randall | 2/16/2014

    " An insightful and entertaining book on love, even for a non-Christian reader. I love Lewis's casual tone, his humor, and his earnest request for humanity not to take itself too seriously. I also felt inspired by his conviction that though love exposes us to risk, it is worth one worth taking. My favorite quote from the book: "The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Woodward | 2/12/2014

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as Lewis' others. It's not that he didn't write well, or give enough attention to the "four" loves, it's that I just didn't find it compelling. Some of his thoughts were excessive, also. It seems that every female I have asked about this book likes it. Not sure what it is, but just wasn't drawn to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/7/2014

    " I read this for an English class in high school and really loved it. Lewis is a skilled and intriguing author. You walk away from every book wanting a better mind instead of disappointed that you could have written parts of the book better. Love this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/3/2014

    " I went into the book not knowing that religion would be a foundation for the arguments made in the book. Religion aside, each chapter had quotes or paragraphs that made me think about how I viewed that type of 'love,' especially in my own life but also philosophically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Leach divergigelis | 2/3/2014

    " My favorite Lewis book of all time!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron West | 1/16/2014

    " Good insights but not a biblical study of love by any means. I need to read this one again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susi | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It is short, nonfiction and enlightening in the different ways that humans love. I have always enjoyed C.S. Lewis, but I had never read this before. He uses gardening as a metaphor for the work and discipline of love, and that is something I could relate to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/13/2014

    " I was really excited to read this book but found it a little hard to get through - dry, amongst Lewis' writings. However, the different kinds of love were interesting as categories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/11/2014

    " Typical C.S. Lewis...must read slowly and numerous times to grasp what he is saying, but well worth the extra effort! He brings the reader into new understanding of the complex facets of love. A definite must-read for Lewis fans. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magda | 1/2/2014

    " As gin is not only a drink in itself but also a base for many mixed drinks, so Affection, besides being a love itself, can enter into the other loves and colour them all through and become the very medium in which from day to day they operate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/13/2013

    " He explains in a very understanding way the four different types of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianna | 12/4/2013

    " loved the book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Smith | 11/29/2013

    " Lewis never fails to pull me in.... I fall every time when he explains the unexplainable so convincingly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Wiggins | 11/14/2013

    " In this book C.S.Lewis expounds on the four different loves: charity,friendship,Eros and affection.Full of great illustrations and eye opening truths to these loves we experience on a day to day basis, it is a rich read indeed. So many memorable passages in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/11/2013

    " The chapter on friendship is simply awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/8/2013

    " Read this after my Mexico Volunteer group leader explained how this book convinced him to marry his wife. Lots of good ideas and CS Lewis is rather brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 3/14/2013

    " Definitely worthwhile, but I had the feeling I would have to read it two or three more times to really understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 2/23/2013

    " Sometimes lots of tangents, but lots of little gems of wisdom throughout the book, and for those, worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/10/2013

    " I need to reread this one because I don't remember much about it! Just that Lewis expounds upon what he sees as four Biblical distinctions of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Effie Darlene | 12/25/2012

    " Expounds the depth of our multiple types of love with such depth of understanding that it becomes necessary to reread it from time to time. Only in understanding love with it's complexity can we begin to see a glimpse of God's love for us "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/23/2012

    " This took me a long time to read, even though the book itself isn't long. The ideas in it are profound. Not a book one flies through. I found myself stopping a lot to really consider what I'd read. Not an easy read, but worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 8/12/2012

    " very good book going deep into the types of love, their roots, and how they relate to us and the world around us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 6/16/2012

    " In The Four Loves Lewis is excellent, as always. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob Meiser | 5/5/2012

    " One of those books that I will continually go back to. Like most of Lewis' works, every sentence and idea is so well thought-out and connected that he presents an incredibly thorough description of what love is. Definitely one of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/8/2011

    " Love - what is it? read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 10/18/2011

    " A great relationship magnifying glass "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Morgan | 9/10/2011

    " This is an excellent (non-fiction) book. Lewis deals with the four different Greek words for love, and explains their deep significance in the context of (1) the Christian faith and (2) the human experience. A lot of food for thought here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katia | 6/29/2011

    " I love the concepts. It's just heavy to read. One page takes a long time to digest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " One of his best. Read it with De Rougemont. Read it before you try to get a girlfriend. Then make your girlfriend read it. Then make your parents and her parents read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 5/20/2011

    " Although I read this book when I was younger, there are many things in it that have stuck with me for years and continue to affect how I see things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2011

    " 3 and 1/2 stars. Although I didn't find this book as riveting as some of C.S. Lewis' other works, it was still fascinating. I especially enjoyed the last section on charity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 4/30/2011

    " In this book C.S.Lewis expounds on the four different loves: charity,friendship,Eros and affection.Full of great illustrations and eye opening truths to these loves we experience on a day to day basis, it is a rich read indeed. So many memorable passages in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 4/26/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 3/21/2011

    " A classic, and very thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/3/2011

    " I listened to the audio version of this book. The sound quality was poor, but Lewis himself is reading it. Very insightful look at ourselves and the four loves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/22/2011

    " As always, there were some golden tidbits in this book. But I would not rate it as highly as "Miracles" or "The Problem With Pain." "

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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

Charles W. Colson (1931–2012) was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, The Body, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith.