• The Four Loves

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: C. S. Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-28-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (1,167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love). But instead of giving us a dry, theological treatise, Lewis makes the subject extremely personal and practical by showing us how easily natural loves can go wrong and pollute our relationships. He shows that what we often tend to excuse as natural behavior is really selfish and destructive.
Lewis exposes these pitfalls in our loves in order to lead us to the solution, Godlike agape love that God has for men and women and the kind we must develop and nurture in our relationships.
As in his writing, Lewis doesn�t merely tell, he shows these loves in action with vivid and often humorous illustrations. The images are so realistically drawn and so alive you are sure to recognize someone you know or live with, or maybe even yourself.
©1960 C. S. Lewis (P)1970, 1982, 1994, 2004 The Episcopal Media Center
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Critic Reviews

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)
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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 01-30-05

Insightful Views on Love

It is a great treat to hear Lewis' voice. But be aware that this is not the exact same material as his book that bears the same title. Rather it is from a series of radio broadcasts prior to the publication of the book.
The material is still very insightful, even though the book itself contain additional material.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Allison B on 12-14-08

Hearing this book in his own voice was incredible.

CS Lewis is such a profound thinker, and his insight into the types of love and how they grow or fail is so perceptive. While the reading isn't up-tempo or fast paced, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Lewis himself reading this. It was more like having your grandfather give you really great insight into a matter than hearing a motivational speaker talk about it, and this seemed to make it more tangible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 06-24-11

Lewis at his incisive best

This series of four readings, which I think were originally broadcast on the radio, give Lewis' thoughts on the four types of love. His analysis is incisive and intelligent, but at the same time witty and not at all dry. I have certainly learned a lot from this recording, and you'll probably find you need to listen to it more than once to get the gain of it. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ashling on 05-22-08

Ashling

It is so wonderful to hear C.S Lewis read his own piece. Only he can read it the way he truly intended it and i wish there were more recordings of his voice. This is great to listen to, i've enjoyed it so much i've listened to it quite a number of times now. Only Lewis can accomplish this brilliant mix of profound wit and wisdom, which brings so much insight into our relationships and our relationship with God...of course, i'm convinced to God's delight, without taking ourselves so seriously.

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