• Till We Have Faces

  • A Myth Retold
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-08-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (2,083 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

C. S. Lewis reworks the timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction in this novel about the struggle between sacred and profane love. Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery.
Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.
©1956 C. S. Lewis PTE, Ltd. (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"In Mr. Lewis's sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors." ( Saturday Review)
"Whenever Nadia May reads, a sensation of comfort creeps into the atmosphere. Her vocal clarity and understanding of the author's meaning bring pleasure and even security to the listening of each work." ( AudioFile)
"The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has...produced." ( New York Herald Tribune)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 07-26-12

Gripping, emotionally jarring, and elegant!

Would you consider the audio edition of Till We Have Faces to be better than the print version?

Yes. Contrary to my normal opinion, I was able to become more intrigued by and absorbed in the story as I heard it as if from the lips of an old traveling bard, spinning a web of a story for me in vivid detail and yet piercing opaqueness.

What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

Her depiction of Orual is unmatched. She is able to embody the hollow desperation of Orual's life, and the intensity of her love for Psyche, without making it overdramatic or cliche. Her distant and almost stern tones accurately convey the fear and pain Orual's endures, and her voice sounds sometimes harsh and human, sometimes fiercely metaphysical.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene in the forest when Orual finds Psyche for the first time after Psyche's sacrifice is particularly moving to me. The eeriness of the surreal situation sent shivers through my mind, and almost made me begin to question what was awake and what was dream, what was delusional imagination and what was hard reality. Orual's fearsome almost possessively protective love of Psyche was well portrayed in this scene as well.

Any additional comments?

I love this story, and the performance was superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 07-07-10

One of a kind.

I could not rate this author, book, and narrator more highly. I own a hardback copy of 'Till We Have Faces' but I purchased this audio edition too! Adults who enjoyed C.S. Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia' or his 'Space Trilogy' will be carried away by this book. The story follows three sisters-- one ugly, one beautiful as a goddess, and one somewhere between the two. As their lives and fates unfold the author unveils human nature with a depth of perception that takes my breath away. One word of advice, if you prefer 'lite' reading this may not be for you. It is well beyond 'Twilight' and things of that nature. Reference my review list if you want to get a sense of what I like.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 01-15-10

Neglected masterpiece beautifully read.

For me, this is C.S. Lewis' greatest book. The retelling of the legend of Cupid and Psyche is so imaginative and compelling that it makes you want to extend train journeys. The ending is profound and satisfying. Nadia May is one of the best readers on this site. A must.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. Michael P. Clarke on 11-30-17

Superbly crafted story

Would you listen to Till We Have Faces again? Why?

Yes. There is so much detail and so many levels that you get something more from each reading.
I have read the paper copy multiple times, and bought the audio book to listen while commuting

What did you like best about this story?

The observation on how and why people behave the way that they do, which is so close to reality.

Any additional comments?

Narration was good apart from the attempt at a greek accent, that came across to me more like Russian.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Hayden Macpherson on 03-18-18

Story and Narration both excellent

This is C.S. Lewis' best and most mature work (in his opinion as well as mine). The story is a must-read for fans of Lewis, Greek myth or literature with sensitive and moving explorations of profound spiritual, psychological and philosophical themes. Equally enjoyable by believers and non-believers, and I would imagine more palatable to the non-religious than Lewis' more blatantly didactic/allegorical works. Make no mistake, there is plenty of allegory here too, but it is first and foremost a good story. The narrator is excellent and does perfect justice to Lewis' simple, yet elegant and evocative style.

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