• C. S. Lewis - A Life

  • Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet
  • By: Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 17-02-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (22 ratings)

Summary

In honor of the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis' death, celebrated Oxford don Dr. Alister McGrath presents us with a compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis, the author of the well-known Narnia series. For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series has captured the imaginations of millions. In C. S. Lewis - A Life, Dr. Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely path of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching English literature to the brightest students in the world and his spare time writing a best-selling fantasy series for children.
Dr. McGrath uses his extensive research and thorough examination in chronological order of Lewis’ correspondence and archival materials to present a new picture of Lewis’s life. This definitive biography paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became a compelling, though reluctant, prophet for our times. You won’t want to miss this fascinating portrayal of a creative genius who inspired generations.
©2013 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (P)2013 Oasis Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Leech on 17-01-15

Inspiring and informative

A great sweep of the life and influence of CS Lewis, providing important cultural and academic scenery to the story too. A must read for this interested in Lewis and I found myself inspired to read more of his books too!

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5 out of 5 stars
By RA on 23-07-15

Thorough and well written

If you could sum up C. S. Lewis - A Life in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected, thorough and insightful

What other book might you compare C. S. Lewis - A Life to, and why?

I recently listened to a biography of Stalin and both the CS Lewis book and the Stalin book are good at weaving the story of these men into what was going on in the world at the time.

What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings a calm, quiet but steady voice which adds to the character of Lewis.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

More to him than you thought

Any additional comments?

CS Lewis was a genius who led a complicated and often difficult life. His writings both Christian and other were often exceptional and his ability to communicate well with others who are much less intelligent than he was is what makes him stand out. A promise in his early years shaped a lot of his life unexpectedly. I would thoroughly recommend this book and many others that Lewis wrote himself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Seth H. Wilson on 03-01-14

Insights with the Benefit of Hindsight

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If said friend were a) a reader of fantasy, b) an inquisitive Christian, c) a lover of biographies, or d) a deep thinker, then yes, absolutely. And all my friends fall into at least one of those categories.

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

One of the biography's foci is C.S. Lewis's conversion to Christianity, and the telling of that story contains many memorable moments, including a conversation about mythology between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien that not only influenced Lewis's spirituality but also prefigured both writers' major works of fantasy.

What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

Sachs's stately performance embodies the erudite world of Oxford academia that serves as the backdrop for most of the book. Sachs should also be commended for pronouncing most of the book's arcane and foreign literary terms correctly, no easy feat.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

As a long-time reader of Lewis's work, and of the medieval literature that was so central to his intellectual development, I found many moments in the biography quite moving, even those that most readers would probably pass over. The descriptions of some of Lewis's epiphanies about Narnia will probably resonate with most readers.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook features an interview with the author preceding the book itself. After the biography's conclusion, we're treated to two recordings of Lewis himself at his deep-timbres lecturing best. Both the book itself and the audio edition are masterful additions to the corpus of C.S. Lewis research.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeff Anderle on 02-04-13

God's Glory Revealed in an Earthen Vessel

This biography gives us a very human look at a man trying to follow Jesus. That over simplifies what I want to say. C.S. Lewis lived a very complicated life. In his life you see the broken nature of humanity and the sin nature that all those of us who follow Jesus struggle with. Yet in spite of his contradictions, or maybe precisely because of them, God uses this man in an incredibly powerful manner. I found hope in the fact that if God can use Lewis in spite of his many struggles he could use me as well.

I've been following Jesus for over 26 years and Mere Christianity was the second "Christian book" I read after deciding to be a Christ follower. Since that time I've read almost everything he has written. Lewis' books have had an indescribable influence on my Christian life. Understanding a little more about his life just makes his written words all the more powerful.

I'm also a huge Tolkien fan and though I knew Tolkien was influential in C.S. Lewis' conversion to see how instrumental Lewis was in the Lord of the Rings was a treat. This is well worth the listen.



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