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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 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 and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.
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A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life 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 and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

©1942 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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    James JACKSONVILLE, AL, United States 08-22-12
    James JACKSONVILLE, AL, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece"
    Any additional comments?

    I've got the wonderful (no longer available) John Cleese recording of The Screwtape Letters, as well as the Ralph Cosham version, also very good. But this performance is the best; it's beyond expectation and it might now be my favorite audio book. Ackland's voice is calmer and less cheeky than Cleese, but with much more gravitas.

    Now, the case could be made that Cleese's less dignifiied Screwtape gives us a better laugh at the devil and thereby gives us a truer picture of the Underworld's ultimate loss of dignity. But for listening pleasure, which is an aid to absorption, this heavier reading is perfect. Very highly recommended.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    jhwayne@bigfoot.com Jacksonville, NC 09-04-12
    jhwayne@bigfoot.com Jacksonville, NC 09-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderfully imagined and well read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Screwtape Letters the most enjoyable?

    The subtle amusement of Lewis's exposition


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

    The very beginning of the last letter.


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

    I have seen him perform, but never heard him read before. He has a wonderful voice to express the chief character. He plays villains extremely well.


    If you could rename The Screwtape Letters, what would you call it?

    How to Tempt Into Evil.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an old book from the 1940's and some of it is clearly dated, but both enjoyable and instructive nonetheless.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Burns, TN, United States 10-08-12
    Melissa Burns, TN, United States 10-08-12
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, Interesting, thought provoking


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

    When Screwtapes plans were thwarted


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When scewtape was chastising Wormwood for letting his subject fall into the hands of a Godly woman whose house so wreaked of Gods presence that even the cat and dog were perfumed.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Screwtape Letters and why?

    Screwtape, his persistence in acheiving his goal


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Goose Kansas 09-30-13
    Goose Kansas 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Deep! Very intriuguing!!! Wonderful Listen!"
    What did you love best about The Screwtape Letters?

    It really made me think about my life and reflect... I love the dark perspective that it has because it makes you think of things in a completely different way...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Screwtape...


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

    It changed my whole way of thinking about sin...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Memoirs of a Devil"
    If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Real - As a Christian, my beliefs incorporate the subjects of CS Lewis's masterpiece and while I honestly haven't given "that side" much thought, I couldn't help but be impressed by the feeling of realness it gave me. When I first began reading I felt it a bit silly, but as I continued some of the letters really resonated with my life and the gravity of its implications grew very heavy.

    Frightening - This was my first word as I was indeed frightened by the whole thought of it.

    Surprising - I came into this book almost completely ignorant to the subject matter. My only clue was that it was CS Lewis and that it likely had some religious undertones.....and that turned out to be an underestimation.


    What other book might you compare The Screwtape Letters to and why?

    At first I wanted to say no book is comparable but then I thought of Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Both books describe the journey in life when walking in the faith of Christ.


    Which character – as performed by Joss Ackland – was your favorite?

    He played one actor, Screwtape, and he was masterful.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Screwtape Letters and why?

    Again, there was only Screwtape, a bureaucrat in Hell's Collection Department, and I simply would rather not think too long at his character. Evil has a new name, and its name is Screwtape.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for any Christian. An open mind is necessary but that is also essential to be Christian.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 12-10-13
    Sharon United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic"

    I've had this one on my list for some time. I finally listened and was not disappointed. I'm not sure I could ever read the book after listening. Ackland did an excellent job narrating. His voice has a very dark, creepy quality to it. I could clearly picture both the writer and reader of the letters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-11-13
    Catherine TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Classic Improved With Great Narration"

    This has always been one of my favorite books, and possibly, my favorite C.S. Lewis book. It is both amusing and deep.

    This is a fictional collection of letters from a senior demon to a junior demon about how to tempt humans. It is a study in human psychology and sin the likes of which I don't believe I have ever encountered.

    Somehow, C.S. Lewis created a book about sin and temptation without ever being judgmental or condescending about the topic. It is actually one of the funniest books I have ever heard on any topic. It could easily be converted into a stand-up comedy routine.

    The narration was perfect. Joss Ackland has become one of my new, favorite narrators.

    I would recommend this for anyone who wants a good laugh or a good understanding of how the spiritual realm interacts with the human psyche.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer LINCOLN, CA, United States 02-12-14
    Jennifer LINCOLN, CA, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow sums this up."
    What made the experience of listening to The Screwtape Letters the most enjoyable?

    This book makes you look very differently at little things. Things you think, things you see, etc. It has you understanding exactly how the enemy works to distract you from the right course.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, the entire book is letters written by "your affectionate Uncle Screwtape" so he is the only character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'm not sure I could pick a favorite, I liked the entire book.


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

    Not sure this can be a film


    Any additional comments?

    Christian or not, I would highly recommend this book to anyone. The reader has a mesmerizing voice, and it will just plain make you think about everything that goes on each and every day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-20-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "C. S. Lewis"

    In 1942 this could have been a "How to not let people manipulate you". "We've come a long way baby", good and bad. Screwtape is teaching his minion, Wormwood, in letters, all the different ways to play on the weaknesses of we mere humans. Funny satirical? mmmm, you decide.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nena Memphis, TN 09-21-13
    Nena Memphis, TN 09-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A MUST READ"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! and I have! Its a tale of Evil trying to overcome Good. The conversations by 'the devil' detail characteristics of all the people in your life that you felt guilty for hating. It justified my feeling of evil-ness in these people. I couldn't put it down!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I couldn't say. Loved it all


    If you could rename The Screwtape Letters, what would you call it?

    The attempted robbery of Angels


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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