If you’ve never heard C.S. Lewis speak, here are some free samples online.

The first two are from the BBC:

Beyond Personality: The New Men (14:05 mins)
March 21, 1944
Length: 14:05
(This talk later became a part of Mere Christianity.)

An Introduction to The Great Divorce
Date: May 9, 1948
Length of clip: 1:58

On this site you can hear a few samples from his lectures on The Four Loves:

  • Introduction (0:29)
  • “Agape Love” (0:20)
  • “Is Creation Necessary?” (0:35)

You can also order The C.S. Lewis Recordings, which contains the following material:

The Four Loves – In this rare recording of C.S. Lewis’ own voice, Lewis examines the four classical Greek terms for love: storge, philia, eros and agape. Recorded in 1958 in London by the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation, it was first heard in the United States on the Episcopal Series of the Protestant Hour radio program, now known as Day1.

C.S. Lewis Speaks His Mind – This rare recording contains Lewis’ lecture on Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Lewis’ adaptation of his famous Cambridge lecture known as “The Great Divide,” his introduction to his book The Great Divorce, and his critique of works by author Charles Williams.

If there is more audio of Lewis in his own voice, let me know.

On another note, I was recently at Half-Price Books (love that store) and came across a recording of the actor Kenneth Branagh’s unabridged reading of The Magician’s Nephew. During recent travels we’ve also been listening to Michael York’s unabridged reading of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I hadn’t heard of these recordings before (it’s time-consuming just to find out which British actor did which recording!), but I’m sure the rest are just as good. If anyone wants to take the time to figure out who reads the rest of the books, feel free to leave it below as a comment.

Update: Here are the rest of the Narnia audiobooks. Thanks for the help!

Patrick Stewart, The Last Battle

Alex Jennings, The Horse and His Boy

Lynn Redgrave, Prince Caspian

Derek Jacobi, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Jeremy Northam, The Silver Chair

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14 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis in His Own Voice”

  1. Sean Michael Lucas says:

    We own that set. Patrick Stewart does The Last Battle, but I can't remember off the top of my head who else does what.

  2. Dave Hall says:

    Alex Jennings does "The Horse and His Boy;" Lynn Redgrave does "Prince Caspian;" Derek Jacobi does "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader;" Jeremy Northam does "The Silver Chair" They are all really well done – especially Dawn Treader.

  3. Loren Eaton says:

    You can buy them all from Audible.com for $65. It sounds like a lot, but you're getting about 34 hours of audio. Thirty-four hours!

  4. Matt says:

    I once used The Great Divorce audio for a song recording.

    It's still up at http://www.myspace.com/unearnedhappiness

  5. Bb says:

    Do Mac users not get the joy? I can't find a program that will play these.

  6. mozart says:

    I'm still waiting for a cheap version of "The Screwtape Letters," read by John Cleese to purchase. Drat!

  7. donsands says:

    Very nice indeed. Thanks. I wonder if we'll have our own voices in glory?

  8. case.jess says:

    When does the Christopher Walken edition of Lewis' Space Trilogy come out?

    I'd totally buy it.

  9. latte artist says:

    i can't access the files. what program plays "ram" files? thanks.

  10. skgroom says:

    Justin,
    Don't know if you're interested, but our kids really liked the Focus on The Family radio series of the Narnia Chronicles. They're pretty faithful to the text, but the are dramatized as well.

  11. mattcapps says:

    Here are a few more recordings;

    http://cslewis.drzeus.net/multimedia/audio.html

  12. Brian Current says:

    for those having trouble playing a RAM file (.ram), you need to download RealPlayer, free, here: http://www.real.com/

  13. JT says:

    skgroom: Yes, love those.

    Matt: all the links from CSL himself are included in the post above.

    Blessings!

    JT

  14. supytwist says:

    "the English actor Kenneth Branagh"

    What do C.S. Lewis, Kenneth Branagh and me have in common? We were all born in Belfast and ended up living in England. None of us are/were English.

    Loving the blog.

    Jonathan Gardner

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