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The Screwtape Letters | [C.S. Lewis]

The Screwtape Letters

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.
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Publisher's Summary

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation, and triumph over it, ever written.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Inspirational/Spiritual, 2007

"Lewis' satire is a Christian classic....[his] take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941." (Library Journal)

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    Rebecca 11-16-13
    Rebecca 11-16-13 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "Satire of evil"

    I read this 17 years ago. I didn't care for it then, and did like it better now. The satire is fun, as Screwtape tries to coach his nephew Wormwood through trying to take a young man's soul for the devil. The letters go between encouraging to exasperated. What was good about this recording was the follow-up piece C.S. Lewis wrote that was Screwtape giving a toast to a group of graduating demons. The descriptions of consuming different types of sinners was good, and actually more cautionary for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 03-19-12
    Joseph 03-19-12 Member Since 2009

    A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together.

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    "Far better than I expected"

    For many years, I had avoided reading this famous book by C..S. Lewis, in spite of my admiration for his Perelandra trilogy, and other writings. I was turned off by his too-orthodox Christianity. I consider myself a Christian, but a very heretical one. For me, Lewis takes the Bible a bit too literally.
    Nevertheless, and in spite of my disagreement with certain passages (for example, where he implicitly attacks Hegel and Rousseau), this book totally captivated me. My disagreements seemed unimportant in the spell of such brilliant wit and deep insight. And I had to admit that many of Lewis's moral judgments and insights (i.e., the reverse of what the demon Screwtape likes or dislikes) were quite compelling and original. And the many moments of irony had me laughing at times.
    The reader is excellent, and this book is a classic for anyone who is deeply interested in profound moral and social questions, whether or not they believe (as Lewis seems to) in the existence of Satan.

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    CP United States 11-26-11
    CP United States 11-26-11

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    "Revealed the Secret Sins of My Heart"

    Incredible book. Highly recommended. What Lewis does in this book is unravel and expose the human being.... He shows how people think, and reveals the types of sins present in our hearts, even the sins that we are blind to. I've been a Christian for about 10 years, and I'd consider this book to be one of the few MUST READS for every believer.

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    Spencer United States 11-22-11
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    "Classic of Christian apologetics"

    This is C.S. Lewis's classic tale of the travails of an apprentice tempter as he tries to lead his charge to Perdition.

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    Anthony Shingle Springs Dr., CA, United States 11-07-11
    Anthony Shingle Springs Dr., CA, United States 11-07-11 Member Since 2015
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    "What a concept!"

    Truly original story, I listened and was in awe. If you don't know of the story, it is well worth the credit. In my top ten. A true classic.

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    zanna 07-23-11
    zanna 07-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Oh the cunning ways of the devil."

    C.S. Lewis must have been exceptionly strong to view devils as giving praise for evil doing without it taking a tool on himself. He protrays the cunning devices of the advarsary with skill. A definate re-listen.

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    Nicholas Albany, CA, USA 09-18-07
    Nicholas Albany, CA, USA 09-18-07
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    "Excellent"

    A very solid reading of a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of C.S. Lewis and has an idea of the things he wrote other than the Chronicles of Narnia. I'm not saying anything against the Chronicles of Narnia--I love them. But for those expecting a fantasy novel, you'll not find it here.

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    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11
    Lazaro cutler bay, FL, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2014

    My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!

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    "Excellent listen"

    Excellent audiobook. C.S. Lewis is reportedly one of the best Christian apologetics of the 20th century. Interestingly, the preface talks about how he came about the idea of how infernal spirits think. I thought it was original, but in Milton's Paradise Lost, that author does the same. I've listened to this book countless times. Awesome listen. The narrator speaks with an English accent, and I find myself envisioning C.S. Lewis reading it to me.

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    Patrick Schenectady, NY, United States 05-04-11
    Patrick Schenectady, NY, United States 05-04-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Audio Book for Christians"

    In an odd way this book should be highly recommended for any Christian. Not only is it though provoking about the work of tempters, but it gives an idea of how evil thinks and tries plan to cause one to stumble through various vices and sins. The ending in a way is somewhat historical, especially how Screwtape would scold his nephew for each failure as it gets closer to it.

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    Brian Clarksville, IN, USA 06-17-08
    Brian Clarksville, IN, USA 06-17-08
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    "Very insightful"

    Such an amazing description of how we can be fooled by the enemy, most often in subtle ways, sometimes in blatant ways. All believers should give this a hard listen and use it to strengthen our discernment.

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    "A true modern classic"

    Believe it or not, it's hard to review a book that is this good. How do you find the right words to express how compulsive the listening expirience becomes by the end? How do you convey just how much it has effected and changed you as a person? Expressions like 'entertaining', 'thought provoking' and 'razor sharp satire' just don't do it justice. All I can really say is this: buy it now!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Monica
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    10/2/07
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    "in the Devil's mind."

    I throughly enjoyed this book. The satire is clever, consistent and funny from the first page to the last. It depicts, in a likely manner, if such thing is possible, the thinking of a devil. C.S.Lewis is a Christian but the book can be enjoyed by anyone.

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  • Stuart
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    "Classic and insightful"

    Highly recommend. A book that will transform how you think. Lewis' captures a world we don't know in a way that makes it real and causes you to reflect on cynical opinions.

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  • Carôle
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    "How not to be Screwtaped!"

    I've listened to this before, about 5/6 years ago. At that time I was just discovering C S Lewis and found this very amusing. I re listened to it today and, because my personal circumstances have changed since I first heard it, I now heard it as a cautionary tale, as clues to some of my thinking or behaviour! It truly opened my eyes to the possible adverse influences in my life!

    So, if this is your first venture into C S Lewis, or the first time buying this in audiobook - this is a great listen. Either as a lighthearted piece, or as a 'How not to be Screwtaped' both are invaluable - Enjoy.

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