The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation, and triumph over it, ever written.
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"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)
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.
This is one of the most insightful, life changing books I have ever read.
I was mesmerized by the despicable Uncle Screwtape for the depth of the subtle evils in our lives that he ponts out so clearly.
I wanted to listen to it again immediately...it was that good.
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
One of my favorite Christian novels. It really makes you think about yourself, and the things you do. I've listened to this several times, and each time something new pops out at me.
Yes, brought out the imagination. Easier to picture the story in your mind.
The way it is read
Not necessarily. I wanted to read C.S. Lewis, but once for this book was enough.
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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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