I am about to re-listen to this book again. This book is written from the point of view of Screwtape, a master demonic being who is advising his nephew how to go about tempting and causing the downfall of the human being to whom he is assigned. Rarely are humans totally wicked-instead we are marginal, without conviction, nonthinking, and ruled by habits. It is in those areas that Screwtape advises his nephew to exploit; And it is in those areas, that we all are challenged. This is an excellent, excellent book. I have never read anything by CS Lewis before. Now I want to explore all of his works-after I listen to this one again.
The narrator has the perfect voice for this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This book is supposedly a series of letters written by a superior demon, to an apprentice demon. The superior gives instruction on how to best trip up humanity and its Christians.
Some parts are humorous and amusing (especially the lies the enemy believes in order to feel important or in control) While other parts are rather sobering, because I see myself at my worst depicted.
I greatly enjoyed listening to this book!
For me, it makes me think about my life and my actions, and how they would be perceived by God and the devil. And it's a great reminder not to get caught up in the little things of life, but to love the people in it.
Bureaucracy, is one of the great evils of the world. Screwtape is read as one of these pernicious beings and the harm he does. The narrator did a solid, though not, extraordinary job and it is well worth listening to.
A kind of modern classic in which morality and spirituality are turned up side down. I rate narrators less on whether they have "the voice of God" kind of resonance in their speech and more on how well they stress words to fit the meaning of the text. By that standard, Mr. Cosham earns my top rating. Each chapter focuses generally on a specific theme, and I found that listening to each a second time before moving on to the next to be helpful in picking up details missed the first time through. At ten minutes per chapter, I also found that listening on the way home after dropping off my kids at school to be a good way to give the meaning of each one time to sink in before going onto the next. Highly recommended for its insights on spiritual pitfalls to avoid in both personal and social life.
for every generation. Much is correctly made of the author's insight into the spiritual world, but the view into humanity's fallen nature and gullibility is possibly more frightening.
I could wile away the hours...
In this misguided, overly intellectual classic, CS Lewis points out all of humanity's flaws--demonstrating more than a trace of misanthropy--in the hope of illuminating mankind's devilish failings. A total bore. A starched shirt writing love letters to himself.
Yes, because it opened my eyes.
Everything was great.
Many sections of this book move me, which is why I read it over and over again.
The Screwtape Letters is a priceless book that I wish all people who are ready to read it should do. When my children are at an age where they aren't fearful of demons and ghosts, and beyond an age where they would be intrigued too much by the fact of their existence, I will introduce it to them if they haven't already. This book holds so many truths that are so obvious in our everyday lives but are never heard by us. Brought to our attention from a different angle, this book really helps readers grasp the severity of every situation and that there is no single action that is not part of staircase.
My review headline says it for me -- a bit creepy!
I think the most memorable is Uncle Screwtape's disgust of the human's love interest.
I like his voice, but at times I thought he read too fast and missed the emotion.
No. I needed breathing time. This is a very suffocating story.
I read/listened to this for my local book club. I'm glad I got through it, but I would not need to read it again.
I took a little longer reading this book than I usually do. I think because the letters from exposed so many flaws that humanity has in common. It was hard to see that we can so easily be led astray by seemingly innocent actions was thoroughly examined and brought to light by the demon Screwtape. C.S. Lewis, a staunch Christian wrote this book from the perspective of a denizen of hell instructing his nephew in the ways of temptation. Very well done. However, I believe that the final chapter to this book was for me the most enlightening. It was Screwtape's toast. I don't want to ruin it for you, I encourage you to read it. Once you do you will see the devil's handiwork all around. Challenging to read for me but very well done.