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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I've got the wonderful (no longer available) John Cleese recording of The Screwtape Letters, as well as the Ralph Cosham version, also very good. But this performance is the best; it's beyond expectation and it might now be my favorite audio book. Ackland's voice is calmer and less cheeky than Cleese, but with much more gravitas.
Now, the case could be made that Cleese's less dignifiied Screwtape gives us a better laugh at the devil and thereby gives us a truer picture of the Underworld's ultimate loss of dignity. But for listening pleasure, which is an aid to absorption, this heavier reading is perfect. Very highly recommended.
The subtle amusement of Lewis's exposition
The very beginning of the last letter.
I have seen him perform, but never heard him read before. He has a wonderful voice to express the chief character. He plays villains extremely well.
How to Tempt Into Evil.
This is an old book from the 1940's and some of it is clearly dated, but both enjoyable and instructive nonetheless.
Real - As a Christian, my beliefs incorporate the subjects of CS Lewis's masterpiece and while I honestly haven't given "that side" much thought, I couldn't help but be impressed by the feeling of realness it gave me. When I first began reading I felt it a bit silly, but as I continued some of the letters really resonated with my life and the gravity of its implications grew very heavy.
Frightening - This was my first word as I was indeed frightened by the whole thought of it.
Surprising - I came into this book almost completely ignorant to the subject matter. My only clue was that it was CS Lewis and that it likely had some religious undertones.....and that turned out to be an underestimation.
At first I wanted to say no book is comparable but then I thought of Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Both books describe the journey in life when walking in the faith of Christ.
He played one actor, Screwtape, and he was masterful.
Again, there was only Screwtape, a bureaucrat in Hell's Collection Department, and I simply would rather not think too long at his character. Evil has a new name, and its name is Screwtape.
This is a must read for any Christian. An open mind is necessary but that is also essential to be Christian.
It really made me think about my life and reflect... I love the dark perspective that it has because it makes you think of things in a completely different way...
It changed my whole way of thinking about sin...
This has always been one of my favorite books, and possibly, my favorite C.S. Lewis book. It is both amusing and deep.
This is a fictional collection of letters from a senior demon to a junior demon about how to tempt humans. It is a study in human psychology and sin the likes of which I don't believe I have ever encountered.
Somehow, C.S. Lewis created a book about sin and temptation without ever being judgmental or condescending about the topic. It is actually one of the funniest books I have ever heard on any topic. It could easily be converted into a stand-up comedy routine.
The narration was perfect. Joss Ackland has become one of my new, favorite narrators.
I would recommend this for anyone who wants a good laugh or a good understanding of how the spiritual realm interacts with the human psyche.
This is a brilliant work written by a brilliant, perceptive author, C.S.Lewis. The work itself is a stand-alone masterpiece. However, the added bonus of Joss Ackland's flawless performance, as "Your Affectionate Uncle Screwtape" -- allows the words to leap from the page and pierce the soul. Rarely does the tambour, tone and texture of a voice fit so perfectly with the words on the page.
The story is a first person reading of 31 letters from a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, also a demon, but inexperienced in the finer points of guiding a human toward hell.
It is a Christian apologetic brimming with all the attributes of the brilliance of C.S. Lewis, a master storyteller/writer whose gifts border on the realm of the mystic.
I've had this one on my list for some time. I finally listened and was not disappointed. I'm not sure I could ever read the book after listening. Ackland did an excellent job narrating. His voice has a very dark, creepy quality to it. I could clearly picture both the writer and reader of the letters.
Insightful, Interesting, thought provoking
When Screwtapes plans were thwarted
When scewtape was chastising Wormwood for letting his subject fall into the hands of a Godly woman whose house so wreaked of Gods presence that even the cat and dog were perfumed.
Screwtape, his persistence in acheiving his goal
Joss Ackland did a fantastic job narrating this book. He had the perfect voice for Screwtape.
Author of Out of the Black
The best book I've read... ever. I've listened to it twice in the last four days.
Clever, insightful, funny... relevant today to an extent I wouldn't have thought possible for a book of this age.
His reading is flawless... he was screwtape. Again... never heard a better match of narration talent to a perfect role.
He breathes the appropriate loathsome humor into the performance. There were a few times where he laughed or chortled at exactly the right time in exactly the right way and I laughed out loud.
Half a century ago, through some unspecified espionage, C.S. Lewis discovered and published the playbook of the Devil. You will be amazed how much of this playbook is still in effect, and how successful it has been.
You are warned... you are doomed.
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