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C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces

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This is an extensive collection of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis that have been brought together in one volume for the first time. As well as his many books, letters, and poems, Lewis also wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on various ethical issues and on the nature of literature and storytelling. In this essay collection we find a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

©1973 C. S. Lewis (P)2014 Blackstone Audio

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    Carôle London, United Kingdom 12/03/2015
    Carôle London, United Kingdom 12/03/2015 Member Since 2009
    "Interesting and Deep"

    This audiobook requires several forays. Not because it is disinteresting, but because it covers several topics and with such thoroughness, one sometimes feels quite unschooled!

    I purchased this mainly for Lewis' Apologetics work, which I find fascinating and which gives me a script I can rely on when faced with a colleague or friends' agnosticism or atheism. However I found that he wrote about many and varied subjects, both at the request/behest of another, or because he felt that it should be addressed: So he addressed it. For me, the most fascinating of these dealt with corporal punishment, which was initially shunned in the UK, but addressed - quite seriously and studiously - in Australia.

    Also worth a revisit are Lewis' 2 incomplete novels, at the end of this audiobook. I'm sure that I am doing Lewis an injustice in rating the content so lowly but, as a compilation of his many, many essays, on a first pass, this is a lot to absorb. I shall probably revise this review after my 3rd perusal.

    If you are a C S Lewis fan - this is definitely a book for you. It does not disappoint. It is superbly read by the narrator whom, I've now begun to associate as the voice of C S Lewis, given that all of his work is written in the first person text.

    Definitely worth the money for the time that you will be investing in this audiobook.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
    UKJ 23/09/2017
    UKJ 23/09/2017
    "A Thoughtful and Erudite Perspective of Christianity"

    A wonderfully erudite and intelligent perspective of Christianity. I am thoroughly enjoying this collection. Thanks!

    Allthough many and various topics are covered , C S Lewis's thoughts about Christianity run throughout and pops up again and again.

    These essays need to be listened to more than once, to get the full grasp the author intended for the listener, in my view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • R. Valerius
    "Here is the missing Table of Contents"
    Any additional comments?

    Start Essay
    00:00:00 1) The Grand Miracle
    00:21:25 2) Is Theology Poetry?
    00:55:35 3) The Funeral of a Great Myth
    01:26:52 4) God In the Dark
    01:39:14 5) What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?
    01:50:53 6) The World’s Last Night
    02:25:09 7) Is Theism Important?
    02:35:45 8) The Seeing Eye
    02:57:58 9) Must Our Image of God Go?
    03:01:23 10) Christianity and Culture
    04:05:30 11) Evil and God
    04:14:07 12) The Weight of Glory
    04:45:44 13) Miracles
    05:18:54 14) Dogma and the Universe
    05:42:43 15) The Horrid Red Things
    05:51:58 16) Religion: Reality or Substitute?
    06:10:10 17) Myth Became Fact
    06:22:22 18) Religion and Science
    06:29:46 19) Christian Apologetics
    07:04:21 20) Work and Prayer
    07:12:02 21) Religion Without Dogma?
    07:55:00 22) The Decline of Religion
    08:08:09 23) Unforgiveness
    08:16:37 24) The Pains of Animals
    08:43:20 25) Petitionary Prayer: A Problem Without an Answer
    09:06:28 26) On Obstinacy in Belief
    09:36:03 27) What Christmas Means to Me
    09:40:18 28) The Psalms
    10:19:15 29) Religion and Rocketry
    10:35:42 30) The Efficacy of Prayer
    10:49:29 31) Fern Seed and Elephants
    11:25:59 32) The Language of Religion
    11:58:42 33) Transposition
    12:34:04 34) Why I am Not a Pacifist
    13:12:04 35) Dangers of National Repentance
    13:19:02 36) Two Ways With the Self
    13:24:01 37) Meditation on the Third Commandment
    13:32:29 38) On Ethics
    14:06:13 39) Three Kinds of Men
    14:09:30 40) Answers to Questions on Christianity
    14:40:31 41) The Laws of Nature
    14:48:58 42) Membership
    15:15:03 43) The Sermon and the Lunch
    15:26:43 44) Scraps
    15:29:49 45) After Priggery – What?
    15:39:21 46) Man or Rabbit?
    15:51:47 47) The Trouble With X
    16:02:00 48) On Living in an Atomic Age
    16:17:21 49) Lillies that Fester
    16:48:51 50) Good Work and Good Works
    17:06:20 51) A Slip of the Tongue
    17:18:44 52) We Have No Right to Happiness
    17:32:08 53) Christian Reunion: An Anglican Speaks to Roman Catholics
    17:39:16 54) Priestesses in the Church?
    17:53:30 55) On Church Music
    18:07:12 56) Christianity and Literature
    18:33:28 57) High and Low Brows
    19:07:54 58) Is English Doomed?
    19:16:58 59) On the Reading of Old Books
    19:31:50 60) The Parthenon and the Optative
    19:39:56 61) The Death of Words
    19:47:06 62) On Science Fiction
    20:21:27 63) Miserable Offenders
    20:33:09 64) Different Tastes in Literature
    20:50:18 65) Modern Translations of the Bible
    21:00:28 66) On Juvenile Tastes
    21:07:02 67) Sex in Literature
    21:14:00 68) The Hobbit
    21:17:03 69) Period Criticism
    21:27:16 70) On Stories
    22:10:34 71) On Three Ways of Writing for Children
    22:40:43 72) Prudery and Philology
    22:49:41 73) Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings”
    23:07:31 74) Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said
    23:15:38 75) It All Began With a Picture
    23:17:54 76) Unreal Estates
    23:40:58 77) On Criticism
    24:16:38 78) Cross Examination
    24:33:39 79) A Tribute to E.R. Eddison
    24:35:15 80) The Mythopoeic Gift of Rider Haggard
    24:44:59 81) George Orwell
    24:53:37 82) A Panegyric for Dorothy L. Sayers
    25:03:24 83) The Novels of Charles Williams
    25:20:03 84) Learning in War-Time
    25:43:51 85) Bulverism (or, The Foundation of 20th Century Thought)
    25:55:13 86) The Founding of the Oxford Socratic Club
    26:01:56 87) My First School
    26:09:37 88) Democratic Education
    26:19:09 89) Blimpophobia
    26:26:26 90) Private Bates
    26:34:16 91) Meditation in a Tool Shed
    26:43:55 92) On the Transmission of Christianity
    26:57:30 93) Modern Man and His Categories of Thought
    27:11:02 94) Historicism
    27:46:59 95) The Empty Universe
    27:58:36 96) Interim Report
    28:12:12 97) Is History Bunk?
    28:21:26 98) Before We Can Communicate
    28:29:54 99) First and Second Things
    28:39:32 100) The Poison of Subjectivism
    29:05:59 101) Equality
    29:14:25 102) De Futilitate
    29:52:43 103) A Dream
    29:59:49 104) Hedonics
    30:11:13 105) Talking About Bicycles
    30:22:01 106) Vivisection
    30:33:41 107) The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment
    31:07:08 108) Behind the Scenes
    31:17:41 109) The Necessity of Chivalry
    31:26:45 110) The Inner Ring
    31:50:26 111) Two Lectures
    31:58:20 112) Some Thoughts
    32:06:47 113) X-mas and Christmas
    32:13:42 114) Revival or Decay
    32:23:06 115) Delinquents in the Snow
    32:33:40 116) Willing Slaves of the Welfare State
    32:48:10 117) Screwtape Proposes a Toast

    Start Letters
    33:24:21 118) The Conditions for a Just War
    33:30:18 119) The Conflict in Anglican Theology
    33:31:11 120) Miracles
    33:33:12 121) Mr. C.S. Lewis on Christianity
    33:35:19 122) A Village Experience
    33:36:50 123) Correspondence With an Anglican Who Dislikes Hymns
    33:39:56 124) The Church’s Liturgy, Invocation, and Invocation of Saints
    33:48:49 125) The Holy Name
    33:50:36 126) Mere Christians
    33:52:16 127) Canonization
    33:55:08 128) Pittenger-Lewis and Version Vernacular
    33:57:01 129) Capital Punishment and Death Penalty

    Start Short Stories
    34:01:01 130) The Man Born Blind
    34:12:31 131) The Dark Tower
    35:16:16 132) The Dark Tower (continued)
    36:15:57 133) The Dark Tower (continued)
    37:07:58 134) Ministering Angels
    37:31:23 135) The Shoddy Lands
    37:49:13 136) After Ten Years
    38:38:46 137) Forms of Things Unknown

    219 of 219 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Bedford, TX, United States
    "Great book if you want to hear more C.S.Lewis"
    What made the experience of listening to C. S. Lewis the most enjoyable?

    The content of this book is comprised of C.S. Lewis’ lectures, sermons, magazine articles, etc. and I believe written based on the assumption each respective audience was well educated. One result of this appeared to allow him to freely use quotes in their original language. Given the nature of its content, the reading by Ralph Cosham was so superb that I really felt I was listening to Mr. Lewis speak. Mr. Cosham’s accent, inflection, rhythm, intonation, emphasis, and pronunciation, especially of when applied to quotes in a foreign language were remarkable.

    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Cosham’s accent, inflection, rhythm, intonation, emphasis, and pronunciation, especially of when applied to quotes in a foreign language were remarkable. He brought Mr. Lewis to life in the presentation and made listening truly enjoyable.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. it was easily broken into its various parts, given the nature of the compilation of writings.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Salt Lake City, UT, United States
    "All You'll Ever Need As Far As Lewis' Essays Go"
    What made the experience of listening to C. S. Lewis the most enjoyable?

    Lewis' fine mind, even though I disagree with him as an Atheist.

    What did you like best about this story?

    See the above comment.

    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. It was another Lewis audiobook, I think. He is a consistently excellent reader.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it is *way* too long to do that.

    Any additional comments?

    C. S. Lewis is the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th Century.... hell, of *any* century. Whether you're a Christian who agrees with him or an Atheist like me, you'll appreciate his great intellect and fine use of the English language.

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin S Lucas
    "Excellent work a feast to the ear and heart"

    This is a terrific book with absolutely everything for the C. S. Lewis fan. It will expand your mind, open your heart, and thrill your soul. I high recommend this work.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Red Bluff, CA, United States

    Very interesting material. You really have to listen to Mr Lewis, unlike other author's, or you will find yourself wondering what he is talking about. Recommend even though some of the material in this collection I've already purchased in shorter collections. The only real problem I had with this book is that I had to listen to it on my computer because Mr. Cosham's voice is so low I had a hard time hearing him on my kindle fire.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    "The narration and collection were excellent"

    If you are a C.S. Lewis fan or simple a fan of philosophical thought, this collection is most excellent. Lewis covers such a wide range of issues and does it so well. The narration was a bit slow, but the style was superb.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert L. Weeks
    Carlsbad, CA USA
    "Treasure Trove of CSLewis Literary Genius"
    What did you love best about C. S. Lewis?

    Clarifies philosophical/scientific/theological reasonings, logical conclusions, ponderings of the Great Minds of all ages

    What was one of the most memorable moments of C. S. Lewis?

    There are many - a MOST memorable manifesting one of CSL's significant contributions is his revealing a deep study encompassing thoughtful insights regarding literary-affectiveness-relationships on rmoral-behevior attendant to scripturally-based ordinations. This is a one-Hour+ Chapter 10 of 136 in the Essay Collection edited by Lesley Walmsley and read by Ralph Cosham.

    The subject is very important to the concerns of those believers in THE WORD who would educate and be educated in secular setting, home-school setting, and for that matter any non-ordained scriptural stimulus. The chapter has Huge implications directly related to the universe of God's people..the eternal Church and its greatest enemies!

    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    seamless accurate and astoundingly non-biased performance throughout

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not practical ... needs absorption over time and often many patient repetitive listenings.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • andrew
    Where does C. S. Lewis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a great purchase. there is a ton of material and on a variety of different topics. the reader is fine. it would likely be best enjoyed by a person who has already experienced c.s. lewis in his other more traditional works, one of his (nonfiction) books. its a great supplement of diverse opinions from lewis for fans already familiar with his writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Don C Harris
    Pie Town, New Mexico United States
    "Most valuable in my library"
    Would you listen to C. S. Lewis again? Why?

    Less than twenty times and you haven't heard it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lewis himself

    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lost instructions to thinking.

    Any additional comments?

    Dear God! Are there no men like this anymore?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Montelongo
    "Great book."

    a wonderful book very educational on both ends I would recommend to everyone and anyone who is looking to get the educational and biblical view of religion and Christianity. LOVED IT.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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