C. S. Lewis - A Life

  • by Alister E. McGrath
  • Narrated by Robin Sachs
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Chris Leech

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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- RA

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-02-2013
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio