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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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    PPK Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States 08-21-12
    PPK Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not what I expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Redshirts


    Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

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    What character would you cut from The Screwtape Letters?

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    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy this book. It was preachy and filled with cynicism from the perspective of someone who knows better in the guise of someone proscribing the path to sin C.S. Lewis shows very clearly his low opinion of the vast majority of people. C.S Lewis is well known as a religious author inserting overtly christian themes into his fiction but I was completely unprepared for this book. I have read all the Narnia books and while Aslan's similarities to Jesus are undeniable it never pulls you from the story. Screwtape on the other hand is the exact opposite of a fire and brimstone preacher and as such informs us that every moment of our lives, every action we undertake, that is not focused on god is the proper path to hell... this reverse preaching is tiresome and well... preachy. after 18 letters I had to stop listening. This is more a religion book told from the perspective of the devil than any sort of comedy or fantasy fiction. I can not recommend it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Basgier SMITHSBURG, MD, US 08-03-12
    Sara Basgier SMITHSBURG, MD, US 08-03-12
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    "Awesome, intriguing, captivating"
    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    I will listen again & again! This story is awsome and thought provoking. Each time I listen to it I am sure I will get more out of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the ways the devil works are so right on! Numerous times I was thinking to myself, that is exactly what happens! This story really demonstrates how the enemy uses our thoughts and actions against us.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its really hard to say, this was my favorite part. I did like the parts when Screwtape was chastising his minion about his work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I listened while I was driving to visit a friend and didn't want to stop listening once I got there! However, I did and got to finish it on my way home. It would be an easy book to listen to a part at a time since it is broken into numerous letters.


    Any additional comments?

    This story takes a bit of paying attention to. It also took a little time to get use to the point of view. The fact that it is written by a demon and God is the "enemy" takes a bit of getting use to, but it is well worth it. There is quite a bit of Old English used but it flows nicely and when taken in context it is not that difficult to understand. I highly recommend this story. Especially for believers. This book give an awsome insight into how the enemy uses ourselves against ourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Quincy, FL, United States 07-30-12
    Greg Quincy, FL, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disarming and Imaginative Style"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I appreciate the audio edition enabling me to cover more content in one session.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Uncle Screwtape is the only active character as the writer of letters to his nephew, Wormwood, the apprentice. Even having only one side of the sequential communication still works for following the narrative.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You could learn a lot from your worst enemy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paulette Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 07-06-12
    Paulette Saratoga Springs, UT, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Insider guide to the devil"
    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Loved Screwtape. Imagine my surprise when he always was looking out for himself. lol. There is a lot to be said about the human psyche in these letters that speaks the truth of human character.


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    Fort Worth Jedi Fort Worth, Texas, United States 06-12-12
    Fort Worth Jedi Fort Worth, Texas, United States 06-12-12
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    "A different twist on the way we see things."
    Where does The Screwtape Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its a classic and ranks top 20 must listens. No matter how much you hear it you can always go back and listen to it again and again it is addicting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    I really liked the part were Screwtape gets angry and then has to come back on the next letter and excuse himself for losing his temper and try to weasel out of saying to much.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listen to others.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The truth about the lie all around you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Subtle and good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the Screwtape Letters but there were so many great lines and sayings in the audio that I think it is going to be a book that I pick up and read as well. There is a lot of depth to it that I wasn't able to fully grasp by listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lloyd Riverside, CA, United States 04-09-12
    Lloyd Riverside, CA, United States 04-09-12
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    "C.S. Lewis rocks!"
    What did you love best about The Screwtape Letters?

    The creativity and symbolism is so awesome. This story is one of the best and most thought provoking pieces about the Christian life.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Screwtape


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes my reaction was extreme, it made me persue my feelings and my thoughts toward Christ and my faith


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 04-02-12
    Colleen Trabuco Canyon, CA, United States 04-02-12
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    "A Must - Fantasic Story & Performance"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    The overall theme is truly memorable. Don't want to give-a-way the story!


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Screw tape!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you ever wondered if it was ALL you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LbsZ Boise, ID, United States 03-25-12
    LbsZ Boise, ID, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic C.S. Lewis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 03-18-12
    sarah wildwood, MO, United States 03-18-12
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    "Fantastic use of humor to convey God's love for us"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    5/11/07
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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
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carôle
    Kent, United Kingdom
    1/31/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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