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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 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.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Goose on 09-30-13

Deep! Very intriuguing!!! Wonderful Listen!

What did you love best about The Screwtape Letters?

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...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Screwtape...

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

It changed my whole way of thinking about sin...

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By James on 08-22-12

This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece

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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.

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