Written by:
C.S. Lewis
Narrated by:
Geoffrey Howard

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2005
7 hours 47 minutes
C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, of which Perelandra is the second volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus’s The Plague and George Orwell’s 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns.

Readers who fall in love with Lewis’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Namia as children unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, it occupies a place among the English language’s most extraordinary works for any age, and for all time.

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’s 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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Sergio C.

This story is a WONDERFUL sequel to Out of the Silent Planet. Both Ransom and Lewis have evolved as characters. With that said, this story takes a WILD twist and turn. There will be entire chapters dedicated to debate of Philosophy and Theology. Lewis does an excellent job of making you care about the characters and situation to care about the conversations being had. Further, with a spoiler warning given, I will say there is an amazingly WILD conversation Ransom has with himself where he must decide whether or not to Box a devil, Cambridge style. For that scene alone, this book is worth listening to or reading. I've never been curious about the Space trilogy before now, but it is essential Lewis and absolutely deserves a read or listen.

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