Yes. I struggled to finish the print version, but the audio version was a perfect way to digest the work. I felt like I had a better insight into Screwtape's intended tone and didn't have to interpret as much (i.e., sarcasm sounded like sarcasm).
The books was very convicting: it reminded me of my failings and encouraged me to be more aware of my motivations & outlook. Hope to listen to it again to learn even more about myself and my own thinking in the light of Screwtape's perception.
First, the narrator was wonderful. And I loved the humorous challenges faced by both Screwtape and his nephew when attempting to do their jobs of ultimate deception. Demons don't seem to realize that their task of subverting mankind may result in many seeming victories but will ultimately fail in the face of God's love for humankind. This book refreshingly and irreverently addresses so many of the spiritual traps we face our entire lives.
Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
It is a unique approach to the moral issues of life.
The final toast was a particularly thoughtful insight into our current society. And the evils innate in many of our current practices.
The section where Screwtape describes how humans can be made to argue in such a way that they can take rightful indignation while offering to forgo something they do not really care if they got or not.
Many of the reviews on this book are either by Christians, who love it, or non Christians, who generally do not like it. I am a solid deist but a shaky Christian at best. This offers many insights to commonly miss-held perceptions (many of which I carry) about God.
The other thing that surprised me was that some people found the book funny. There is no doubt that it took a great wit to write it but while there is much in it to make you think there is very little at was to me laugh out loud funny.
If you do not see yourself somewhere in what Screwtape says about humans you are either not looking very hard at what he says or at yourself.
The book is very good. This is my first experience with C.S. Lewis and find his insight in the human psyche fascinating. I belong to a Bible study group and we are using it as a topic of discussion. The narrator is very good and easily understandable even with my slight hearing difficulties. I feel the cost is a problem especially for Prime members.
An audible addict:)
The way the writernof the letter shares persoanl views to the one he is writing to
Even though it was written many years ago it is still applicable to today's society.
This was on my "get around to it eventually" list, and then it went on sale at Audible, so it seemed like a good opportunity.
C.S. Lewis wrote these as a satiric treatment of Hell's demons as they try to lure a man into damnation. Specifically, Screwtape is sending letters of advice to his nephew, Wormwood, as the latter tries to win the soul of "The Patient," who is never specifically named. Screwtape advocates a subtle approach---tempting the purported victim into small failings that could slowly grow over time---versus Wormwood's apparent eagerness for an extravagantly wicked approach. (Screwtape seems to be the quintessentially understated British sort of demon...).
I found the book thought-provoking in places, but it just became a chore to complete it. Ralph Cosham's competent but dry narration may have contributed to that aspect of the book.
Thanks to uncle Screwtape, Wormwood and I have learned a lot. Lewis brilliantly examines the war of the ages from the perspective of God's adversaries. Very much worth the reading and paying attention of.
I had wanted to get around to this classic for some time. Now I know why it is a Christian classic. The letters are each an articulate strategy explained by Lewis of certain vices Christians are wise to avoid. Only recently recently would I have appreciated the depth of some of his seemingly simple insights. I am very appreciative for what I feel like was an excellent narration Mr. Cosham. I felt like Lewis was reading the book to me with the cold, strategic mindset of the brilliantly cunning Screwtape. I am challenged to begin amending some of my ideas and behaviors immediately - which is what Lewis would have wanted.
This Book is one of the best books i have read to date. I believe everyone should take time out of their lives and read this book.