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A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles 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 account of temptation, and triumph over it, ever written.

(P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Inspirational/Spiritual, 2007

"Lewis' satire is a Christian classic....[his] take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941." (Library Journal)

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Beautifully read, at times hard to follow

What did you like best about The Screwtape Letters? What did you like least?

The Screwtape Letters is incredibly well read. It's a very clever idea - a series of letters written by the one of the Devil's minions to his "dear nephew" (a devil-in-training). The reason the book gets a 3-star rating is because I found it hard to follow at times and some passages were a bit boring. Many of the lessons (okay, all of them...) in the letters are valid today and they did make me stop and think. This book takes a lot of focused attention. If you're expecting a story with an obvious plot and an ending, this might not satisfy you. I think it's worth a listen and I'll probably listen to it again.

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  • Nikki
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  • 05-05-17

One listen is not enough

Lewis deals with so many human nuances of thought. Was thrilled that this was assigned in Classical Conversations Challenge 2. Great for my son to have the chance to think about these tendencies though he may not have experienced them all yet. Then again, maybe I got so much out of it bc I have. This is not the book I used to believe it was. It's more about exposing what is true/false than it is about demons working their havoc, or trying to.

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profound

What made the experience of listening to The Screwtape Letters the most enjoyable?

The bounty of insights about God that a deeply thoughtful view of the devil can provide.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

perfect match for the material.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I recall this sentence frequently: "Be not deceived, .... [the devil's] cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do [God's] will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."
When the unremitting spiritual pain of real life invades us, as it does all the time, recalling this sentence gives no relief. It, and the entire book, gives something much more important: a better understanding of God.

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A classic C. S. Lewis work

Screwtape letters is a well-known piece of satirical literature by written by C. S. Lewis. The audiobook was very nicely narrated by Ralph Cosham. I enjoyed his voice and pace of reading very much. The book consists of letters written (this work was completed prior to the existence of email or instant messaging) between two demons. The master demon is called Screwtape, who is the Uncle of the lesser demon called Wormwood; the Nephew. Screwtape is writing to Wormwood encouraging, providing mentoring, and suggestions to help him with his assigned task. The letters discuss their specific targeted human and the efforts the lesser demon is to employ keeping him from the enemy; God. We only know the human as “the Patient” throughout the book.

What Lewis accomplishes in his work helps to reveal the many human issues often bringing disunity to the church or Christian believers. What is quite surprising is that this book was written in 1942 (first publishing), and many of the same issues still impact individuals and the Church. This book also spawned a follow-up called “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” which is a lesser known piece where C. S. Lewis provides some insight into this book.

We see in this book the rise of modernism and secularism which grew rapidly in Europe during this time. The issue of just wars are covered as the first World War had finished and the start of the second World War was mounting. Lewis covers the concept of keeping oneself busy with work and other events saving you from the church or fellowshipping with others. He deals with relationships, temptations, sex, bitterness, etc. All of these aspects often are what tear apart a marriage or other relationships we have established. He covers the direction of the Church and those given the charge of being a shepherd to the sheep. The church was struggling at that time, like today, where nearly everything is permitted for entertainment purposes, except the Biblical text is ignored as old, outdated or irrelevant.

Ralph Cosham is a seasoned narrator with over 120 books narrated on Audible at the time of this writing. He seems to get very high reviews by others for his works, and many of the works he has narrated include classic literature as Animal Farm, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Jungle Books along with many other work by C. S. Lewis. As stated earlier, I thought the book was skillfully narrated and the audio was without any issues. This was my first book narrated by him.

In summary, as with many of Lewis’ works, he often writes Christian focused allegory and satire, so the book may not be for enjoyed by everyone. No matter, the book does provide some unique questions and challenges one’s thinking about religion and the non-visible world. Writing the book as a satire requires one to think when you are presented with an attack or argument from the demons. The unabridged audio for this short book is only three and a half hours long.

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Brilliant

Brillance form a brilliant mind. Insights into the human condition from our past that are even more true in our day. Truly a timeless work without compare.

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This book came alive for me!

The narration in this version really made the character of Screwtape come alive for me! What would have likely been a difficult read was made so much easier by listening to it. CS Lewis was incredibly prescient in his writing; it was almost like he had a crystal ball. I believe this should be required reading / listening for all Christians.

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Good, but difficult read...

you will have to go back through to really understand what you heard. but really thought provoking. I did legitimately enjoy it once I understood.

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A must read!

A must read for ever christian. A well needed eye opener to the enemies tactics.

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You'll need this for the battle

I can honestly say that this book has changed my whole outlook on life. I see my spirituality and the battle we fight as Christians completely different now.

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brilliant look at the nature of good and evil

The narrator was excellent and conveyed the perfect emotion of the demon Screwtape. highly recommended.