Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel of Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy (also known as the Cosmic or Space Trilogy), which is considered his chief contribution to science fiction.
A planetary romance with elements of medieval mythology, the trilogy concerns Dr. Elwin Ransom, a professor of philology who, like Christ, is offered as a ransom for mankind. On a walking tour of the English countryside, Ransom falls in with some slightly shady characters from his old university and wakes up to find himself naked in a metal ball in the middle of the light-filled heavens.
He learns that he is on his way to a world called Malacandra by its natives, who call our world Thulcandra, the silent planet. The Malacandrans see planets as having tutelary spirits; those of the other planets are good and accessible, but Earth’s is fallen and twisted.
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Out of the Silent Planet and into my heart forever
In college this great story was required reading material for one of my literature classes and at the time I really just skimmed the book and picked up on very little of the story. That was 2003. Now finally in 2010 if I've finally gotten around to reading this excellant book (alonng with the rest of the trilogy) and I can easily say that this is one of the most well written and deeply thoughtful books I have ever read. I decided to purchase this audiobook to listen to periodically along with the book. First I would read some of the book and then maybe the next day I would listen to the audiobook while I exercised or at work since I drive for a living. I would listen to the audiobook up to where I had stopped reading (which has turned out to be a very fulfilling way to go through a book). By doing this I was essentially reading the book twice right from the beginning. Any parts of the story that may have seemed mildly confusing or when I was reading it my brain was on auto-pilot for a moment was almost always instantly cleared up. The audiobook presentation, to me, seemed flawless. The sound quality was perfect, the reader has an excellant British voice and is extremely easy to listen to. The reader, thankfully, is the same for the entire trilogy. I greatly feel that I enjoyed the audiobook more because this was the unabridged version. For my first audiobook I found this trilogy to be a standard to which I will judge all audiobooks by in the future.
Anything C.S. Lewis writes is worth reading. The added bonus here is that Geoffrey Howard, the narrator does a great job of making the story come to life. I consider this a classic that I enjoy listening over and over again.
Out of the Silent Planet
This is one of the only books I've read twice, because it really takes you on a fantastic journey that is very believable. C.S. Lewis was a master of painting a picture with words...simply brilliant. I've done drawings from the landscapes and creatures he describes and I think there should be a movie made from this story.