• The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Series: Screwtape, Book 1
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-01-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (4,966 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By E. Pearson on 12-31-11

One to Read Again and Again

This was my third reading of Screwtape. The first two times I actually read the text, but the listen was equally enjoyable. I think I probably gleaned a bit more from reading myself, because the text is so rich and the depth of meaning so layered that in listening I fear I let some meaning slide rather than stop the recording and go back over various bits. Still, I would enjoy listening to this version several times over. The narrator is perfect, and never over-dramatizes the voice of Screwtape, which in my opinion would have been easy to do. This book is so psychologically rich, humorous, and poignantly honest that I believe anyone--fervid Christian and non-religious alike, would gain much from its study.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 07-26-10

Haunting Satire

This work, as is stated within and elsewhere, was the most difficult for Lewis to write because of its grim nature and, as he has hinted, the ease with which he was able to write it. One reviewer wrote that Lewis' ego was "out of control" as he told a "thinly veiled story." I think the listener missed the point of the book. Lewis was writing a satire in an attempt to point out the many ways in which we selfishly assure ourselves of our own right actions - all the while possibly dooming ourselves and hindering others. I find it well thought out, well written, and very witty. I would be surprised if anyone who read/listened to this book did not find themselves analyzing their own lives for the same well meaning, but destructive, attitudes and actions depicted therein.

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35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-11-07

A true modern classic

Believe it or not, it's hard to review a book that is this good. How do you find the right words to express how compulsive the listening expirience becomes by the end? How do you convey just how much it has effected and changed you as a person? Expressions like 'entertaining', 'thought provoking' and 'razor sharp satire' just don't do it justice. All I can really say is this: buy it now!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Monica on 10-02-07

in the Devil's mind.

I throughly enjoyed this book. The satire is clever, consistent and funny from the first page to the last. It depicts, in a likely manner, if such thing is possible, the thinking of a devil. C.S.Lewis is a Christian but the book can be enjoyed by anyone.

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5 out of 5 stars
By clarence on 12-07-15

top notch

C.S.Lewis was a genius. I really appreciated seeing Christian doctrine from the perspective of the demons and Satan. Seeing Christian doctrine in this perspective really helped to shine light on some theological principles

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-17-16

Still interesting

Moderns might have difficulty with this subject but they will be rewarded if they try. Not as prosaic as it might first seem and an interesting little historical story beneath the obvious narrative.

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