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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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Interesting take on the Afterlife!

An interesting take on Heaven and Hell.I think this is one for open minded people.

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One of the best books I have ever read

I love this book and really enjoyed having it read to me, it brought out different aspects of the narrative than when I read the words, adding richness and insight. You can't beat C.S. Lewis for deep yet accessible writing and I will be regularly revisiting this audio book in the future.

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This Story is absolutely necessary and amazing

The part about the lizard and the horse was so beautiful and profound.
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could not be better

story is great and julian rhind-tutt's narration is truly astonishingly good. what a joy.

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5 Star challenge to philosophy.

C S Lewis & George MacDonald are two great thinkers who have bowed the knee to their Creator, unlike most philosophers. So their work is refreshingly pure & humble; their creative genius gives credit to their Maker, where it is due.

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A definite must for your library

Love it! Every time I listen I hear something new, it may be fiction but there is real Truth in its telling.

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A clever way to describe heaven and hell

We have a choice as to whether we stay in hell or travel to heaven. why would we choose hell? CS Lewis explains.

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the light shines

Whilst reading this book, I began to see more clearly that clinging to a narrative is against love which beckons us to grasp the light and have the life abundant. I'm glad I read it, and hope you will be too.

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This book awakened me to the impact of my choices on eternity. We are eternal beings.