That Hideous Strength : A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups

C. S. Lewis

Geoffrey Howard (Narrator)

02-01-01

14hrs 14min

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02-01-01

14hrs 14min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Science Fiction

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“Biting wit, superlatively nonsensical excitement, challenging implications.” New York Times

This is the final book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A classic work of fantasy as much for the wonder of its storytelling as for its insights into the human condition, the trilogy stages an epic battle between forces of light and darkness across a canvas of other worlds.

In That Hideous Strength, the brave philologist Dr. Ransom (modeled after Lewis’s friend J. R. R. Tolkien) finds himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok. There is a rumor that the powerful wizard Merlin has returned to the world of the living, and a sinister technocratic organization plans to use his power in their plot to “recondition” society. Ransom’s fight for moral wisdom in a brave new universe dominated by science is a quest filled with intrigue and suspense.

Praise

“Biting wit, superlatively nonsensical excitement, challenging implications.” New York Times

“Well-written, fast-paced satirical fantasy.” Time

“In his usual polished prose, the author creates an elaborate satiric picture of a war between morality and devilry.” New Yorker

“An extravagant mingling of dream and realism…Excellent and thrilling reading.” Daily Telegraph (London)

“No one in the least susceptible to Mr. Lewis’ conjurations…can drop the book at all.” Saturday Review

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Language English
Release Day Jan 31, 2001
Release Date February 1, 2001
Number in Series 3
Series Display String The Ransom Trilogy
Release Date Machine 980985600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Christian Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sci Fi and Fantacy, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

Narrator Bio
Geoffrey Howard

Geoffrey Howard (a.k.a. Ralph Cosham) (1936–2014) was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.

Overview

This is the final book in C. S. Lewis’s acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A classic work of fantasy as much for the wonder of its storytelling as for its insights into the human condition, the trilogy stages an epic battle between forces of light and darkness across a canvas of other worlds.

In That Hideous Strength, the brave philologist Dr. Ransom (modeled after Lewis’s friend J. R. R. Tolkien) finds himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok. There is a rumor that the powerful wizard Merlin has returned to the world of the living, and a sinister technocratic organization plans to use his power in their plot to “recondition” society. Ransom’s fight for moral wisdom in a brave new universe dominated by science is a quest filled with intrigue and suspense.

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