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.
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.
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.
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.
No I have not, but I will definitely look into his other works!
A must for skeptics.
The text can be difficult to digest for some readers, the vocal talent brings forth the vividness of the text.
The style is not traditional Narnia but is another amazing story. The ethical and moral topics were traditional to his style.
“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.”
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.
Joss made this classic come to life bringing the true meaning of the text to the listener.
Easily in the top 5
Similar in style to Dracula by Bram Stoker, a series of letters.
Screwtape is the only character.
Joss Ackland is an absolutely brilliant choice of narrator. His low rumbling growl and urbane manner is perfect for a self-assured demonic mentor.
Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!
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.
I think it depends on preference. I did really enjoy the performance of the narrator.
Joss Ackland does a great job of selling Uncle Screwtape's arrogance.
Interesting perspective of things. C.S Lewis had a great talent for writing.
Please, please make his books easier to listen to. C.S. Lewis's writings are so wonderful, thought-provoking, and important. Please reproduce them so the narrator's articulation is clearer, and paced so that the listener can take in the imagery and deepness without having to replay parts. I find Mr. Ackland very difficult to listen to: he is too fast and a bit marble-mouthed.
A thought provoking book with excellent narration. I first read it 40+ years ago--I've aged, the book has not.
You don't want to rush through this book, take your time and reflect on how it might apply in some way to your own walk.
C.S.Lewis is a literary, spiritual treasure.
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