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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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    Stephanie L. Thompson 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Joss Ackland + C.S. Lewis = Flawless Pairing"

    Joss Ackland has SUCH a marvelously deep and expressive voice -- and this was the perfect vehicle for him. I absolutely LOVE his narration and the way he truly brings Screwtape to life. He knows exactly the tone to use with each individual word, and at all right moments gives a throaty chuckle well suited to a senior demon. The book itself is quite thought-provoking, so I was worried about missing some of the finer points of it if I listened rather than read, but Ackland is such an impeccable narrator that I actually got more out of this version than my dog-eared paperback. I really wish Ackland would do more audio books -- I think he's possibly my favorite reader of all time.

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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.

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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.

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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


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    Nicole LEHI, UT, United States 06-24-13
    Nicole LEHI, UT, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013

    I mostly read historical non-fiction and fiction and I love it when it's done well.

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    "Will Come Back Again and Again"
    If you could sum up The Screwtape Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Life altering. (I don't have a third word!)


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

    Speaking of the time we spend doing things that are uncomfortable - how we think of time as our own. We would do anything the Savior asks of us, but we don't think of that when we have to spend time with an exasperating person. I loved that - it made me more conscious of my own irritability at other people taking up "my time."


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    I'm partial to British accents.


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    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 04-03-13
    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 04-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great performance by the narrator"
    Where does The Screwtape Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely on the Top 3 of audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Basically there's only one character: Screwtape.


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    I really loved his performance. Witty and brings the sarcastic tone of the book to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't really remember. But overall I've enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't really like the last part, "Screwtape proposes a toast".

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    melissa ALAMEDA, CA, United States 03-22-13
    melissa ALAMEDA, CA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013

    I love Christian Fiction, especially Francine Rivers! Anything to help me with relationships, and Apologetics.

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    "The book is eyrir but very insightful."
    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    Yes I think I will make it an annual listen due to it's content.


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

    I have never read anything like it.


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    I love his deep British voice. Brings out the story with color and depth.


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

    What Demons think.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is important to know that there is a spiritual war occurring and it is very interesting to analyze my own life by the conversations in this book.

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    Rebecca LUTTRELL, TN, United States 03-18-13
    Rebecca LUTTRELL, TN, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Overall Good but hard to follow accent"
    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    I would but only because it is hard to follow his accent.


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

    The shock of realizing how true this probably is.


    What three words best describe Joss Ackland’s performance?

    funny scary dramatic


    If you could take any character from The Screwtape Letters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Screwtape, to get more information on how the devil works in such small ways


    Any additional comments?

    I'm from Tennessee so Joss' accent was hard for me to understand at times but it made me listen harder.

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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-12-13
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Chilling!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! C.S. Lewis' narrative is powerful and full of truth. It is the story of the constant battle for human souls and the many, many ways we deceive ourselves right out of salvation.


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

    When Wormwood is describing the state of the church, it seemed he had spent time in the same pew as I have.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was powerful but his voice was very deep and hard to hear when not turned up.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe everyone should read this book-it is such a great picture of the human condition and our precarious balance between heaven and hell.

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    JW Purdy Richmond, Texas 01-02-13
    JW Purdy Richmond, Texas 01-02-13

    JW Purdy

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    "Awesome story with a real English feel"
    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    Yes, I think everyone should listen to it at least once a year.


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    English accent


    If you could take any character from The Screwtape Letters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Yes the people screwtape and wormwood are working against


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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