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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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    Udochi Okeke Folsom, CA 05-16-15
    Udochi Okeke Folsom, CA 05-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Been meaning to read this one for a while. The story did not disappoint and I think I will be revisiting it for sure. The narrators slurring British drawl really brought the demon, Screwtape to life in my mind! Well done!

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    Scott 04-30-15
    Scott 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent performance"

    I read the Screwtape letters a couple times myself, and I'd really enjoy the concept. But I must say this performance is phenomenal.

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    mommyb123 04-22-15
    mommyb123 04-22-15
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    "Very good book"

    Not quite as cerebral as some of his other writing but a very good book nonetheless.

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    john 04-16-15
    john 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you wonder what was I thinking...."

    This book is for you! Lewis is brilliant beyond his time! Amazing writing brought to life by fantastic reading. I'm listening again now!

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    Ben 04-16-15
    Ben 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amusing satire, read well"

    Joss has the perfect voice for this demonic interplay. The story also models what good behavior should and shouldn't be.

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    Jay smith 04-06-15
    Jay smith 04-06-15 Member Since 2014

    As a volunteer librarian, I have a reverence for books, from C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity or R.A. Salvatores stories of Drizzt D'Urden.

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    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    I think I will listen to this a few times a year, so as to keep on the forefront of my mind the ways that I can be manipulated and so guard my heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Screwtape was so devious yet it seemed very natural. I understand this put quite a strain on C.S. Lewis. and can see how this can be depressing.


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

    No I have not, but I will definitely look into his other works!


    Any additional comments?

    A must for skeptics.

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    davonna 04-01-15
    davonna 04-01-15
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    "Warm Vocal Tones and Distinguished Characters"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The text can be difficult to digest for some readers, the vocal talent brings forth the vividness of the text.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. S. Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    The style is not traditional Narnia but is another amazing story. The ethical and moral topics were traditional to his style.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    “The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time--for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.”


    Could you see The Screwtape Letters being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be awesome to see a theatrical reader's theatre for this with projections and animations. Joss Auckland did such an amazing job I can't see anyone but him as Uncle Screw Tape and Daniel Radcliffe as Wormwood.


    Any additional comments?

    Joss made this classic come to life bringing the true meaning of the text to the listener.

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    J. Gorton 03-13-15
    J. Gorton 03-13-15
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    "Brilliant narration"
    Where does The Screwtape Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily in the top 5


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

    Similar in style to Dracula by Bram Stoker, a series of letters.


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

    Screwtape is the only character.


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

    I wouldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Joss Ackland is an absolutely brilliant choice of narrator. His low rumbling growl and urbane manner is perfect for a self-assured demonic mentor.

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    David N. 03-04-15
    David N. 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My dear Wormwood"

    Absolutely Excellent for a religious scholar or theophsycologist. Loved it!
    C.S. Lewis is truly an amazing writer and a truly understanding individual as well.

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    Sam Evans, WA, United States 03-04-15
    Sam Evans, WA, United States 03-04-15 Member Since 2010

    Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!

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    "Insight that becomes more relevant with each year"

    I have read this book more times than I can count since I was a teenager. One of the best tools for self knowledge ever put in the hands (or ears) of a reader. A true power house.

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