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The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and talking beasts, centaurs and epic battles between good and evil: these have become a part of our collective imagination through the classic volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. Yet who was the man who created this world? This audiobook attempts to unearth the making of the first Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself.

One of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential religious writer of his day, Lewis was also an Oxford don and a scholar of medieval literature who loved to debate philosophy at his local pub. Yet one of the most intriguing aspects of Clive Staples Lewis remains unanswered. How did a bachelor professor, nearly 50, and living in a wholly adult world, turn to the writing of stories for children, stories that would become among the most popular and beloved ever written?

Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the story of C.S. Lewis. From his childhood days in Ireland to his horrific experiences in the trenches of the First World War, to his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkein (and other members of the Inklings) and his remarkable late-life marriage to Joy Davidman, Jacobs traces the events and people that shaped Lewis's philosophy, theology, and fiction. The story of a profound mind and extraordinary imagination, The Narnian is a remarkable tale of a man who knew great loss and great delight, but who knew above all that the world holds far more richness and meaning than the average eye can see. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Philip Boling | 2/2/2014

    " This book was very unlike most biographies that I have read. It does tell the life story of CS Lewis but it is much more "scholarly" in the editorializing done on the writings of CS Lewis. I think I'll always be gratefull for having read the book and much more comfortable in my understanding of respect shown CS Lewis for his defence of "mere Christianity" and his criticism of liberal Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gwen Burrow | 12/30/2013

    " The detail and beauty of Jacobs' exploration is nothing short of astonishing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily | 12/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this. One of the few Lewis biographies out there that show him for the human he was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 11/11/2013

    " Wow, this is one of the most interesting biographies I've ever read. What a great scholary work it is too. I hated for it to end. I have made myself a whole new reading list based on just the stuff HE read all his life. I imagine I'll probably read it again sometime. "

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