• by George Sayer
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 26 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Numerous biographies have been written about this great theologian, literary critic, and novelist, but we have found this to be the best.
Sayer describes Lewis’ early years, hinting at childhood evidence of the brilliance and eccentricity that would later become Lewis’ hallmarks. He discusses Lewis’ academic career, his life-transforming conversion to Christianity, and the role of religion in his life. With honesty and compassion, he covers Lewis’ controversial relationship with Mrs. Moore and his passionate marriage to Joy Davidman.


What the Critics Say

“A cheerful look back on the life of [Sayer’s] cherished friend and mentor…Frederick Davidson…maintains the flow of the work. His presentation of English and Irish dialects is excellent.” (AudioFile)


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The story of a life told by his friend

Other biographies of C.S. Lewis (and I think that I have all of them from Audible) are told from the perspective of the scholar, but George Sayer tells the story of his friend. Because he can share personal details of Lewis' life, this biography is much more intimate. For example, Sayer deals with the matter of Lewis' relationship with Mrs. Moore. Was it based on his sense of duty to her deceased son, Patty, and to her appeal to him as a surrogate mother, or was there some 'purient' motivation that he was ashamed to admit? There is no doubt that Jack was extremely protective of the details of their relationship, but Sayer's insight helps to dispel the confusion around the subject with good, sound reason and facts. The only quibble that I have with this audiobook is that it shows EACH half as being 13 hours whereas the total of BOTH halves is approximently 13 hours. I read an earlier review that pointed out this error and so I called Audible to find out and was assured that it really is 26 hours long -- it's not. But the 13 hours that it is, is worth listening even if you are a Lewis fan like me and think you've heard it all.
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- Alan Rither

Why do I never learn?

This is the second time I've purchased a book I thought would be very interesting only to discover that I have also purchased the irritating, effete voice of Frederick Davidson. For heaven's sake, please listen to the sample of this book before you buy it. If you are like me, you will save your dollars and learn, as I now have, that this reader is the greatest disaster ever to befall audio books.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.