The Screwtape Letters

  • by C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say



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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Well written, but you need to be a Christian

This book is undeniably well written and intelligent. However, for someone like me who has no Christian background, it gets a little boring. While C. S. Lewis offers some wise insights into human nature in general, these are (to me) lost in a large body of thoughts about the Christian God's love for mankind, the correct and incorrect approach to prayer, humility, charity and so on. The literary device of putting these in the mouth of a devil loses its novelty after a short while. I have no doubt that Christians will be able to enjoy this book much more than I have, but if you're like me I wouldn't recommend it.

As for the narrator, he does a decent job, albeit somewhat monotonous; I've heard an excerpt from a version narrated by John Cleese which sounds much more lively, but Audible doesn't seem to have that one (yet?).
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- Erez

Sarcastic & Hilarious

While listening to this book I found myself laughing out loud. 28 yo female not religiously educated and came away feeling uplifted. This book encourages me to think about life and living. Once in the book Screwtape refers to those who forget life is about music and dancing (fun) are just within reach of the devil for they have squandered their life! CS Lewis mocks the ritual of religion for wasting time on symbolism forgoing the true meaning of Christianity/Positive & Generous living. You do not need to be "Christian" to enjoy and draw from the universal message of this book.
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- Abigail "Bookworm genetically, writer by choice. Audio books have become a staple of my parenting, chores around the house, and long runs. 65+ titles and counting..."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.