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.
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.
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
Definitely on the Top 3 of audiobooks I've listened to so far.
Basically there's only one character: Screwtape.
I really loved his performance. Witty and brings the sarcastic tone of the book to life.
Can't really remember. But overall I've enjoyed it.
I don't really like the last part, "Screwtape proposes a toast".
I love Christian Fiction, especially Francine Rivers! Anything to help me with relationships, and Apologetics.
Yes I think I will make it an annual listen due to it's content.
I have never read anything like it.
I love his deep British voice. Brings out the story with color and depth.
What Demons think.
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.
I would but only because it is hard to follow his accent.
The shock of realizing how true this probably is.
funny scary dramatic
Screwtape, to get more information on how the devil works in such small ways
I'm from Tennessee so Joss' accent was hard for me to understand at times but it made me listen harder.
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.
When Wormwood is describing the state of the church, it seemed he had spent time in the same pew as I have.
The reading was powerful but his voice was very deep and hard to hear when not turned up.
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.
Yes, I think everyone should listen to it at least once a year.
Yes the people screwtape and wormwood are working against
Tells the Truth
Screwtape. The satire was comical but truthly and insightful at the same time.
His performance and voice modulation were incredible. He really conveyed Screwtape's emotions, frustrations, and false sincerity.
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