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The Great Divorce

C. S. Lewis Signature Classic
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

C.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'.In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, from the disgruntled, ghostly inhabitants of Hell to the angels and souls who dwell on the plains of Heaven.This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C.S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil.

©2014 C.S Lewis (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"There is attractive imagery and amusing satire… There are exciting speculations… Mr. Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world." ( The Guardian)

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Another great insight to the Christian life

Made me think a fresh about the reality of life after death . It brought home to me if one wants to live in heaven, one needs to desire and want to live the Christian ideal of loving God and neighbour, and the book gave an insight to the challenge involved in try to do so.

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Loved it

I was taken away into another world as I listened to the fantastic words of CS Lewis brought to life, it was absolutely captivating!

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Wonderful story beautifully narrated

Not very long but a story that really gets you thinking about life & morality. His faith really shines through, but worth a listen even if you're an atheist.

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A fantastic rendering of a spiritual classic

What a marvellous reading for a change! someone who can read well! And what a book. I read it 20 years ago and great to hear it in just a few hours of a Saturday as I walked country paths and rested from the week. it had me in tears, laughing and praying. So many memorable moments in this great allegory of life beyond the grave. CS Lewis was a master of descriptive imagination, psychology and genuinely sought the deep things of God- God himself: a true Theologian.

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Not what I was expecting, but pleasantly surprising!

The story of this book, gives you a completely different perspective on what he’ll is. Likewise the perspective of what heaven is like is also surprising and inspiring. This book is definitely worth ready, if you want to have your intellect challenged on traditional views of heaven and hell.

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epic

Julian is my fave narrator. The book is beautiful even if one does not believe in heaven and hell, its a great story of redemption which could apply to the living rather than the dead. Listen to this when you are sad.

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timeless classic

I have read this book many times over the last forty years. it was a pleasure to hear it read so well. it is full of well observed reflections on human character , and thought provoking theological ideas. it is also written beautifully. it is one of the author's best works in my view.

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The Choices we make

The book itself seems best suited for an Audible narration. Each progressive chapter moves us further on life's journey to be better acquited with choices. And the impact thes have on our eternal soul ...

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beautifully worded and wise work from CA lewis

incredible narration for a beautifully written story. cs Lewis's tale of hell and heaven stays as relevant today as it was when it was written.

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Christian Fantasy

I read this book 40 years ago and was really impressed with it. I don't think it will be everyone's cup of tea, but as a Christian book it reveals the essence of the Christian Faith i.e. It is not by our own good works we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, there are things that we cling onto despite how they hold us back etc.
It is a fantasy book with Christian truths written into it.