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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz
I loved his voice and character when reading this book which kept me listening to the story.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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