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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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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 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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    Daniel Kolsoi 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "C. S. Lewis is a master of his art"

    As a big fan of C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters does not disappoint. C. S. Lewis has an amazing way of painting pictures as you read (or listen). The Screwtape Letters is very deep and definitely requires more than one time through. The reverse perspective of a demon talking about the things of earth is a very interesting point of view to be put in. Joss Ackland does a wonderful job narrating.

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    Christine 08-23-15
    Christine 08-23-15
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    "Enlightening, Inspiring - engaging narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a delightful and very complex set of lesson in Christianity, the Narration of which was critical. Joss Ackland did a fanTAStic job getting the story across with precise nuances leaving the listener to think it was Screwtape himself, or at the very least, CSLewis, capturing the subtleties of the satyr perfectly. Sincerely, great distinctions are made about pride and humility, greed and generosity, etc, that I feel more motivated to tend my garden carefully, so to speak.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that it made me really think about WHO I am, and HOW I am being, and what is at the core of my focus. Am I Self-serving, or am I serving Him? Also, it really made me see how the presence of evil (the Devil) works in my life, ever so slyly and ever so patiently, like a dripping faucet, until I've gone way off. It's like when you're driving the car, deep in thought, not really paying attention, just going along on auto-pilot, until you suddenly realize you're in an alley and you don't know where you are, ...and you wonder, how did I get here? You realize it was a series of wrong turns along the way, which were allowed to come about because you weren't paying attention at all. It's so easy to live life on auto-pilot. This was a great wake up for me.


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

    Because it is complex and because it uses vernacular of another time and country, this was difficult to follow unless I was fully concentrating. I must have started it 3 or 4 times before I figured out what it was about. Because of the excellent Narration, I was able to fully engage and take it to the natural end. I will listen to this more than once.


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    trav 08-01-15
    trav 08-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love the creative way C.S.Lewis writes"

    This story shows the genius of Lewis. to completely change your frame of mind to a demon to write a book is not only difficult to do but very testing of your spirit.

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    johnb. 07-13-15
    johnb. 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Imaginative"

    The performance was just that: a true performance. Great job, truly.

    The content is incredibly imaginative and well wrought. It did become wearisome for me, however.

    Overall, a very enjoyable listen with thought provoking ideas wrapped in a quite unique narrative format.

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    gunthersmom 07-10-15
    gunthersmom 07-10-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Screwtape knows the truth!"

    Wry and intellectually stimulating. I laughed inside every time I heard the name Screwtape. Made me think about my own belief system behavioral patterns in new ways.

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    Cassandra Caston Boca Raton Florida 06-30-15
    Cassandra Caston Boca Raton Florida 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but lacking"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am not sure if I would recommend this book although it was an interesting to hear the perspective of how demons may perceive humanity and their purpose. I felt the story's characters other than screwtape need more involvement and detail to help with visualization and understanding of the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice and character when reading this book which kept me listening to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an interesting perspective of how demons may perceive humanity and their purpose. It is very one sided , you only hear the letters as a response to another. Not hearing both sides of the conversation with wormwood and screwtape makes it hard to portray the timeline of events. You get an idea of what is going on but it is difficult to envision anything other than a malevolent being offering advise to his nephew.

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    Baba 06-28-15
    Baba 06-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Our souls at war"

    In the battle for good and evil, heaven and hell Gardian Angel and tempter we have Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood a lesser temper on earth battling for a soul during the Second World War.
    It is about Philosophy, theology and the battle for our souls.
    Brilliant in its narration fun and enjoyable dark and beautiful!

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    Lawrence, P.A. San Francisco, California 06-18-15
    Lawrence, P.A. San Francisco, California 06-18-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!

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    "Awesome Reading; great voice acting, solid grip on the material"

    This is one of my favorite audio books yet. Joss Ackland gives Screwtape humor and menace and is just a scary and compelling reader. I can't imagine a better voice to read The Screwtape Letters which is a wonderful work unto itself.

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    bob bratcher 06-13-15
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    "On digesting the "Screwtape Letters""

    This is and has always has been the
    state of humanity. Lewis, with his amazing insight and engrossing literary style, just sums it up. Little hope for improvement is offered but for a thinking Christian there is an understanding given of what we are
    really up against.

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    mason cook 06-10-15
    mason cook 06-10-15
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    "Amazing piece of art"

    This book really changed my perspective on a lot of things and opened my mind to new concepts. I loved the narration.

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