Lilith


Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA

(4.6 stars; 82 reviews)


Lilith, written by the father of fantasy literature, George MacDonald, was first published in 1895. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the fifth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in September, 1969.

Lilith is considered among the darkest of MacDonald's works, and among the most profound. It is a story concerning the nature of life, death and salvation. Many believe MacDonald is arguing for Christian universalism, or the idea that all will eventually be saved. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(10 hr 28 min)

Chapters

Introduction 3:06 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Library 11:34 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Mirror 5:29 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Raven 15:19 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Somewhere or Nowhere? 15:10 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Old Church 6:19 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Sexton’s Cottage 13:07 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Cemetery 16:05 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
My Father’s Manuscript 12:08 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
I Repent 12:07 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Bad Burrow 11:45 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Evil Wood 12:49 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Friends and Foes 9:07 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Little Ones 21:09 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Crisis 11:48 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Strange Hostess 24:22 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Gruesome Dance 21:56 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Grotesque Tragedy 16:31 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Dead or Alive? 20:40 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The White Leech 13:11 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Gone!–But How? 10:56 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Fugitive Mother 8:05 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Bulika 9:45 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Woman of Bulika 5:45 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The White Leopardess 8:18 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Princess 18:11 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
A Battle Royal 10:28 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Silent Fountain 8:09 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
I Am Silenced 7:19 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Persian Cat 16:20 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Adam Explains 10:14 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Sexton’s Old Horse 12:07 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Lovers and the Bags 12:27 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Lona’s Narrative 16:57 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Preparation 12:45 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Little Ones in Bulika 11:24 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
Mother and Daughter 11:15 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Shadow 6:50 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
To The House of Bitterness 18:14 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
That Night 28:51 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The House of Death 29:49 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
I Am Sent 9:28 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
I Sleep The Sleep 14:05 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Dreams That Came 20:22 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Waking 12:19 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The Journey Home 10:05 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The City 9:44 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA
The “Endless Ending” 4:33 Read by Pete Williams, Pittsburgh, PA

Reviews

Awakened

(5 stars)

Many reading this book may be inclined to feel, as the main character, that George MacDonald and his characters are speaking in riddles and nonsense, but as we come awake and come alive through the process of reading or listening, as it were, it seems like a deeper awareness of things that we can almost touch is being shown to us by someone who somehow must have touched, must have seen something we have not seen, and is trying desperately to tell us about something which we know and have always known and yet know not yet, or have forgotten. Thank you to the reader for doing a remarkable job, and thus making this journey far easier for me. And, George, thank you.

Lilith well read

(5 stars)

This is my first experience with George MacDonald but I don't expect it to be my last. Not only is it excellently written, but the reader is also top notch. Very well done.

Phantastic!

(5 stars)

I read a review stating that this was G. M. darkest piece. All I can sadly say is that if this is the case, it simply proves how once one is older, one is farthest from Truth and Light, for I could relate and comprehend all too easy...

Strange and Unforgettable Read

(5 stars)

This book is not a casual read or listen. It's steeped in heavy symbolism and allegory. Reading commentary and taking the time to ponder while reading helps significantly. I very much appreciated the author and his ability to weave a story, and make me feel empathy and to create a believable experience in an unbelievable story.

Good Listen

(5 stars)

Easy to listen along; I liked the reader's voice in this story. It is probably worth reading or listening to 'Lilith' more than once. The story was dark but plenty of fun. Great recording!

(5 stars)

pete williams did an amazing job reading this fabulous book. i have to admit i often listen to it to fall asleep but his voice is very soothing and the story just lets you escape in a strange world where nothing seems or does what it is supposed to. love it

Like Listening To A Dream

(5 stars)

The experience of listening to Lilith, by George MacDonald, as read by Pete Williams is like listening to a dream. I had listened to it some time ago, but was in the mood to hear it again this past week. Absolutely superb recording! If you enjoy reading C. S. Lewis, this fantasy is a must read. You may discover the source of many Lewis allusions. You may understand why George Macdonald so greatly influenced the writings of C S Lewis.

Excellent

(5 stars)

I don't usually write reviews but I made an exception because I wanted to thank Pete Williams, the reader of this book. His voice is clear and easy to listen to. He leaves no doubt as to which character is speaking in the story, which is more challenging than it appears. I was thrilled to have a free, high quality recording of one of my favorite books. George MacDonald is a master at creating haunting images of the spiritual world. Lilith was regarded by him as his greatest work and I heartily agree. He takes many of the ideas scattered throughout his other fantasy stories and brings them together on a much larger tapestry. It was stories like this one that inspired C. S. Lewis.