I’ve been forcing myself through C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, AKA Cosmic Trilogy, AKA Ransom Trilogy in audio. I’ve finished 1938’s Out of the Silent Planet and 1943’s Perelandra so far. I’ve been stalling before starting the final bit, That Hideous Strength (1945). The story really isn’t bad, but I think this one might be a little easier to read than to listen to. For some reason it’s awkward to listen to these books. One thing I have to admit, other than some bits of the language here and there you can hardly tell these stories were written in the ’40s, which is pretty amazing for science fiction.
As a break before tackling That Hideous Strength I listened to the Podiobooks version of Hunting Elf. I guess I didn’t remember the description properly, because I went in expecting a juvenile. It wasn’t until after a couple of murders and some sex that it occurred to me that this was not at all a juvenile. The Podiobook version is read by the author, and it’s a great production. It’s a fantastic story, and was a well timed diversion from the sci-fi bender I’ve been on.
Anyone who has spent any time around the dog show and / or dog training scene will really appreciate this. Really anyone who has or has had a dog will probably appreciate it, in fact.
In addition to the free podiobook it’s available in print from Lulu.